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Updated 23 June, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay and typical perks in correlation to industry standards" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good people, pay is average" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Days can get pretty long during crunch time, but to be fair it's often because of the client (pretty much all of the vfx shops have that at times)" (in 3 reviews)

  • "The pipeline could be streamlined a bit but due to he company size it's hard to affect any change" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place for software development"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The decision making is split well between locations, at least for software development. So it does not feel like one location is just at the whims of the other.

    Cons

    The history of the company may give a bit of reason for hesitation but it seems that it is on a very good trajectory now.

    Advice to Management

    More could be done to develop the culture of the company. More events and parties.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - A history in visual effects worth being proud of.
    - Compensation is roughly in line with the standard.

    Cons

    - Backstabbing, political environment.
    - Carrots waved in front of employees with no intention of following through.
    - Ancient, frustrating pipeline.
    - There seems to be a gung-ho attitude by senior staff members that we can burn through newer contract workers by brute forcing everything as opposed to careful planning and organizing your core business efficiently.
    - No interest in advancing the pipeline towards modern, efficient ways of working which is costing them work and turning away the most top level talent.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear sense of direction of your visual effects business.
    Address the political issues. Modernize your pipeline.
    You can't live off your history forever, understand that your reputation is being tarnished by allowing a festering back-stabbing environment to thrive, and the best artists are actively avoiding your company.

  3. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Company needs to update equipment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty unorganized and awful management"

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist
    Current Employee - Lead Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of co workers

    Cons

    Management are awful at dealing with core issues and complacent staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep hold of the good team members and cut loose the unproductive ones.

    Talk to and listen to the artists on the ground doing the actual work. You are nothing without them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Storied, legendary vfx company in a post bankruptcy slump"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Been at DD LA since a little before the most recent bankruptcy. What has never really changed is the core brilliance of people who work there. The core employees who have been there for a very long time are passionate, and it shows in how they work.

    Monthlies!
    Donuts on Friday!
    Holiday Parties.

    Cons

    Latest batch of management are penny pinchers who seem to move from shiny object to the next to make a quick buck. They seem to consider feature and commercial VFX work as a burden and VR and AR work to be the future, which it might as well be, but not commit to either one of those with proper long term resources and planning.

    Employees talk about this constantly, it's an open secret that there is disdain for this management style.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hemorrhaging money on half baked plans by committing to what actually brings in revenue. Invest in your employees and company by properly resourcing it.
    The VFX industry is brutal enough as it is, there's no need to constantly be shooting yourself in the foot.


  6. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time

    Pros

    The passion of the crew is unmatched. There's such deep talent.

    Cons

    Company is constantly shifting directions and focus. They do not give something time to become successful or fail, but pull the plug mid-stream.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear on your goals and give them time to reach fruition.


  7. "Character Rigger"

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    Current Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good projects, good tools.

    Cons

    No long term STAFF on films in Los Angeles

  8. "Good in-road to the industry"

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    Current Employee - Digital Production Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Digital Production Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some opportunities for advancement are available

    Cons

    cheap benefits, at-will employment, poor management


  9. "Headless Chicken of a Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Domain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are overall very nice and personable.

    It's relatively good pay depending on what you're doing.

    Some interesting projects.

    Donuts on Fridays (although that will be your only perk, not kidding.)

    Cons

    Terrible leadership: The major problem is that there are many people in executive positions who have no idea what they are doing and end up hiring completely incompetent people. You can have a whole team of amazing artists but you will end up with crud because your director has no experience or knowledge. Everyone is friendly but executives end up hiring their friends and other people equally incompetent. HR covers up for them because the money keeps flowing but it can only last for so long with these terrible decision makers. It's unbelievable how bad some of the taste is here.

    Bad Benefits: The benefits are bad relative to comparable companies. DD cares more about your productivity rather than your wellbeing which ends up negatively impacting projects. Bare minimum holidays, vacation, and benefits. Expect to get nothing more than you're legally obligated with very high expectations of your loyalty.

    Bad Security: If you can get a comparable job somewhere else you will probably have better security. There are rampant lay-offs here. One day you will be told that you're doing well or that your contract will be extended and the next day you're sitting in HR being asked to leave. I've seen it happen to many people. This is a very unstable company that's hemorrhaging cash. Take a few quick bucks here but don't rely on it. There are no careers at DD anymore, just soulless jobs.

    Bad Morale: Everyone is nice but no one wants to be there. All the employees are gossiping behind management's back. There is no faith in or pride about working at DD.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who actually know what they are doing and stop promoting people to positions they cannot accomplish. It's embarrassing. It's not that hard to cross check that people have SUCCESSFUL histories. Just because your friend or family member wants to be an artist doesn't mean they deserve to lead a team.


  10. "Leaderless Mess at DDT"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital Domain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting tech with potential: VR, MR, AR, etc.

    Cons

    A mess of a company. Severe lack of leadership and direction that is reflected in the code base and the product. A mentality of reinventing the wheel and the grass is always greener, especial if the grass is some shiny new technology. Projects are littered with a zoo of frameworks, new ones incompletely replacing old ones, so you are left with a patch work quilt that is brittle and not able to be maintained.

    Toxic culture of mistrust because of multiple layoffs, bonus programs that are announced but never come, and performance reviews that are promised but are always "next year".

    Advice to Management

    Focus! Stop jumping from "priority" to "priority" as that effectively makes nothing a priority.

    Commit to producing quality code that is well tested and maintainable.

    Be honest with your employees.

    Take company culture seriously, and work towards earning back trust.


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