IMAX Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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3.1
56%
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IMAX Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Richard L. Gelfond
Richard L. Gelfond
32 Ratings
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  1. "Great Place to work with new management"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Mississauga, ON
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Finance has come along way with new management and new views. The manager level is really trying to build a proactive and dynamic team.

    Cons

    System has room for efficiency and upgrades

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "No Talent Leadership at IMAX!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some people at IMAX are a lot of fun to work with (depending on which department you are with). Many people stay here a long time, so they become very good at doing their jobs.

    Cons

    Many people stay here a long time, so getting promoted can be extraordinarily difficult in some departments. If you look at the LinkedIn profiles of various employees, you will see that they have stayed here FOREVER. In many cases, when someone is ready to get to the next level, it is just easier to leave and go to another company. Obviously, that is a negative result, because we lose some great employees and talent that way. You’ll never learn more about how deficient a company is than when there is a crisis impacting the business. COVID-19 has closed our locations so it is expected that changes would be made to running the business. However, how those changes are made and how they are communicated tells a lot about how the company is led. From a talent perspective, COVID-19 has highlighted that our department has no leader. We have stopped recruiting for roles and, in some cases, rescinded offers that were already extended. However, our Careers website STILL shows all 26 roles that we were advertising prior to the escalation of the impact of the virus. Why are we giving individuals the impression that we are still recruiting for those roles when we are not?? Good leadership would have immediately included a disclaimer on the careers page notifying potential applicants that recruiting efforts are on hold. We’ve done nothing. (Let’s see if that changes after they read my review.) Secondly, we have been given no direction when dealing with candidates who have already entered the recruiting phase for various roles (eg. phone screen, moved along to the hiring manager for consideration, in-person interview). The appropriate thing to do here would be to follow-up with ALL candidates that we have already had recruiting discussions with and let them know that the roles are on hold. Do you know what it is like having an excellent candidate, who has done a phone screen in early March, email to ask about next steps and not have a response for them? We’re just ghosting candidates and not replying to emails because IMAX does not want us to put it out there that our recruiting efforts are on-hold. Our CEO loves to do interviews with media companies and boast about the fact that we have enough cash on hand to survive for 2 years. He neglects to indicate that that statement is only factual because of all the layoffs, furloughs, rescinded offers, and hiring freezes.

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  3. "Great Canadian Company & Industry Innovator"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at IMAX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Was fortunate enough to work with an amazingly talented group at IMAX. Compensation was very competitive within the industry, with excellent benefits and advancement potential. Great track record and an excellent environment to work in and be a part of.

    Cons

    If I had to go hunting for one, work/life balance for my department was a tad offset, but this was made clear during the interview process, and was worked on during my time there.

  4. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Limited platform to work on

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  5. "Great company aside from the finance dept"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst 

    I have been working at IMAX full-time

    Pros

    The company offers alot and there are some real exciting opportunities in other departments.

    Cons

    High turnover in the finance dept, disorganized. Leadership team isn't very engaged in their duties and their attitude spill over into the rest of the team. Finance team is old school big 4 accountants who've lost touch with what a modern workplace should be.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "HR"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at IMAX full-time

    Pros

    Good work place facilities and movie premieres for employees.

    Cons

    Outdated processes. Employees grown old in their roles and looking to retire in their jobs. Worst management who are disconnected from their teams. Lack leadership skills and do not care for employee morale and development

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK place to work"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It can be a very interesting place to work.

    Cons

    It has its ups and downs

  8. "IMAX employment survey and company under review"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Opto Mechanical Test Specialist in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMAX full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed developing new technologies

    Cons

    Company product development strategies are still in infancy

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  9. "Fun ( I worked there about 15 years ago )"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Maintenance in Victoria, BC
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IMAX for less than a year

    Pros

    Had the chance to enjoy IMax Movies and enjoyed the team atmosphere

    Cons

    I only worked part time. My rating are based upon Part time employment 15 years ago.

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  10. "Trying to do too much, with little investment (People & Technology)"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMAX full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people Great work life balance Fair salary ... bonus at all levels in organization

    Cons

    No vision on how business should function. Lack of defined processes, everybody doing their own thing. Micro managed Bonuses expected rather than earned.

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