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Updated 10 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Its a big multinational company with big movies have great working environment (in 11 reviews)

  • One of the best studios out there and they always have nice bunch of projects to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary, short contracts, no info till last minute (in 7 reviews)

  • Very very low salary for juniors and locals (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Double Negative full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work in. Great projects and talented people.

    Cons

    Very large company, can be difficult to feel like you're part of a team.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "No need to consider about moving on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Double Negative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People around are pretty much friendly and helpful

    Cons

    * If you are thinking of moving on but have little to no experience, you can forget all about it.
    * Verbally they mentioned that they will move you, but after a few months, one of the update given - the dept currently has no seats to move you in (yet they keep hiring for new people)
    * Even if you do get the chance to move on, the title of your position has not been changed and it will still reflects you as the old/ current title that you had

    Advice to Management

    With so much talk about training and stuff, nothing/ no one is really getting training. Do something about this, please


  3. "Animator"

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    Current Employee - Character Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Character Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Double Negative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working full time at Dneg Vancouver for 2 years and a half (still counting) and joined the company shortly after the moved here. I've seen the company growing and getting better and better. As an animator, I'm having a lots of fun. People are nice and our head of animation is fantastic, the shows are getting more exciting projects to work on. We always have a good time in dailies and joke around too.

    Cons

    Overtime are expected when working on VFX. It sucks but at least we are paid!

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait for last minute to ask for OT


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized leadership not enough production staff"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Double Negative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are "all in this together" they do get major motion pictures but take on shows that they are not equipped to handle.

    Cons

    Disorganized leadership, poorly structured shows, poor training, low salary, six and seven day weeks required by production and artists, overtime expected. Poor infrastructure, old computers software and systems.

    Advice to Management

    Management is ill prepared for reviews, transitions, career trajectory.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice facility, great people, lots of parking.

    Cons

    Bigger studio, meaning you can be treated as just a number. Short contracts.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "disappointing"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Double Negative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some good projects
    Building is nice

    Cons

    lower pay than average
    pipeline is ancient, farm is too small. Rendering in Clarisse is a mess.
    Way too many old in-house tools, only good if you're planning to stay for a very long time. Not sure who Dneg is for: most people get given templates/tools from the London office. Juniors don't learn anything, and some seniors like me get annoyed - Why would I want to press buttons? Also the setups are far from good, they don't know who should create the tools and who should use them.
    Tasks are often assigned randomly. A general bad atmosphere in the office: people don't talk, dailies are very quiet and serious, they really know how to make you feel like you're nothing, you should stay in your place and shut up. A serious attitude problem overall: no point reporting bugs, they'll probably tell you that's the way it is at Dneg, we're not changing it, it's always been this way.
    Poor communication overall : no schedule, very few meetings, no one seem to be in charge. coordinators do nothing except bully you at the last minute when they want to show something to the client: zero forward thinking, no clear goals or deadlines...

    Advice to Management

    Drop all the dneg tools and create a new simple pipeline from scratch, that will save everyone a lot of time.


  8. "Nice place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work, people are friendly.

    Cons

    Nothing that I noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it needs a little bit more structure.


  9. "Sr. Animator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team environment, good pay, projects are interesting,

    Cons

    English company different mentality, you move seats every project, some supervisors should be supervisors who came from London.


  10. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Double Negative full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Decent pay. Fun and talented people.

    Cons

    Pipeline lacking in some areas but this is quickly improving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing heavily in company tools/pipe to deal with large shows.


  11. "Needs Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Some great people worked there
    - Fun projects
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - A lot of OT
    - Messy management structure with sequence based coordination - ended up being quite inefficient and reducing flow of communication.
    - R&D and Pipeline needs dramatic overhauls, so much time wasted fighting the pipe and R&D was not responsive to the issues
    - Corporate feeling
    - Artists were dropped before contract end dates.

    Advice to Management

    The pipeline really needs to be addressed, it's costing so much time and money to the company and individuals working unnecessary OT to compensate. Try to understand employees concerns on an individual basis, respect goes both ways and if you treat people well they will work better and be happier - everyone will win.


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