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Imageworks Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2020

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3.8
79%
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74%
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Imageworks President  Robert M. Osher
Robert M. Osher
45 Ratings
Pros
  • "There were long hours at times, but great people(in 14 reviews)

  • "A lot of cool animated features and some vfx work(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Moved most of staff to Vancouver(in 25 reviews)

  • "generally linear pipeline means you don't run into a lot of particular issues that might help you grow or learn more(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing place to be, just a little bit cold"

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    Former Employee - Senior Layout Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At least on my experience most things were pretty nailed down in terms of the pipeline which is very robust. You get everything you need to work and most things work smoothly and if not you have a lot of support.

    Cons

    It{s a little bit cold because you really can be focused on your work all day and not really need anyone so you gotta go put the extra effort to make friends with other artists around you.

    Imageworks2019-11-14
  2. "Great Place To Be"

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    Current Employee - Associate Production Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -extremely well-established pipeline -fantastic support for production personnel in terms of tools, mentorship and guidance, infrastructure, technology etc -plenty of long-term projects -a lot of opportunity for advancement in production -brand new facilities in probably one of the best locations downtown

    Cons

    -depending on the project, hours can be long (on average 10 - 12 hour days, saturdays, maybe even sundays depending on the department and overall show trajectory) -generally linear pipeline means you don't run into a lot of particular issues that might help you grow or learn more -can be difficult to meet friends or people in general with company culture -pay for production isn't amazing and/or transparent, especially in one of the most expensive economies in the world.

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    Imageworks2019-12-31
  3. "Great projects, but lots of overtime, poor work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people and exciting projects

    Cons

    Poor scheduling of projects, excessive overtime leads to burnout

    Advice to Management

    Less aggressive scheduling for delivery dates on projects

    Imageworks2020-01-12
  4. "Good management. Lots of work"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and management were friendly

    Cons

    There can be lots of overtime.

    Imageworks2019-12-07
  5. "Amazing work coming out of the studio, but"

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    Former Employee - 3D Character Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Lots of diverse projects -A great place to build your portfolio/reel -Offered opportunities to work on good shots and prove yourself -Pay better compared to other vfx/feature studios in the area

    Cons

    -Lack of culture in workplace -People tend to keep to themselves and only focus on work -Lack of any welcoming or easing you into the company -Not enough genuine effort to make employees feel valued/important/part of a team creating amazing work together

    Imageworks2019-12-04
  6. "Very professional and awesome pipeline"

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    Former Employee - Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The management of the project was amazing and smooth. The pipeline is versatile and strong.

    Cons

    Crunch time can happen but it's paid overtime. The could be more transparent of renewing your contract at the end of a project.

    Imageworks2019-08-27
  7. "Great work, terrible job"

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    Current Employee - Animator 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pipeline, supervisors and leads are courteous & professional, opportunity to take on more challenging work, fun projects

    Cons

    Sub-par artist management, stifling of wages, corporate environment, cheap benefits, mandatory overtime

    Advice to Management

    If you paying peanuts, you get monkeys.

    Imageworks2019-06-18
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to be"

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

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

    Pros

    Best place to work in Vancouver if you are in vfx/anim industry

    Cons

    Supervisor and leads are in LA and hard to make a rapport with them

    Imageworks2019-05-28
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior 3D Modeler in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pipeline, benefits,pay are all great.

    Cons

    Culture is the biggest negative. Unfortunately all big companies with multiple locations suffer from this.

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to keep the top tallent. Too many people get pigeon holed or disregarded due to cliques and company politics.

    Imageworks2019-04-03
  10. "Great Work Place"

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

    I worked at Imageworks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good vibe,helpful people,great management,lots of snacks!

    Cons

    There is some amount of overtime, but then all companies have it!

    Imageworks2019-02-08
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