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Imageworks Reviews

Updated 13 Nov 2019

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3.6
69%
Recommend to a Friend
56%
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Imageworks CEO Robert M. Osher
Robert M. Osher
44 Ratings
Pros
  • "There were long hours at times, but great people(in 13 reviews)

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

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

  • "Pipeline is set up to make you as replaceable as possible(in 12 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. "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
  3. "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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. "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
  7. "Good pipeline"

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    Former Employee - Senior FX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great pipeline to work with - site license for houdini and katana - love how you can do dailies from your desktop and continue working - really good at doing animated movies

    Cons

    - inept at feature film vfx - senior management is located in LA

    Advice to Management

    - doing fine, as indicated by the success of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse - keep making quality animated features - proceed with caution if you want to continue into vfx

    Imageworks2019-02-05
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great salary, benefits, free food and fun events. -Cool projects and there's a lot of talent in one studio. -Free movie screenings.

    Cons

    -Everything seems very corporate, cold and cliquey. -The new young animators have become entitled and immature and it ends up feeling like you're in high school again. Who gets hired is based on who they know rather than pure skill. It's not about how well you perform either because they don't care about that they just care about bringing in and keeping cheap artists and those who get chummy with the leads and... higher ups. Prepare your social game if you want to survive in this competitive studio and don't expect to be given chances at better shots as some of the leads have favorites when casting shots. -There's not much room for growth as an artist as people don't talk to each other much and therefore it's harder to build that relationship enough to be able to ask for feedback casually. The artists are also micromanaged and there's not a lot of room for creative freedom. -Little communication between artists. You don't end up knowing everyone in your team or even talk to them sometimes, everyone just focuses on their own work in their own desk slaving away. -Despite little communication, gossip still spreads around within the studio. -Everything is very political and if you are way down in the chain you will be on the chopping block when it comes to decide whether you stay or not. Most artists get so desperate they end up doing ghost hours to make themselves look good. -Be prepared to get biased performance reviews that don't necessarily reflect your true performance due to biased leads. -Rigs are very poor even though this is feature film, even the rigs from online schools are way better or from other studios. Instead of making animators suffer why not fix it in rigging first, invest more in that before making animators fix all the model issues. -Artist management is terrible at managing the artists and they let go of talented seniors and give the reason that there are no spots but then shortly they hire new juniors from outside. -Overtime can be really stressful although that's a given.

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    Advice to Management

    Work on treating your employees better and don't treat them as just a number. Value the talent that you have rather than just using artists because they are cheap but are not qualified enough. This is no better than a sweatshop, we need some respect as an artist.

    Imageworks2019-02-26
  9. "Pretty Great"

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

    I worked at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    great social and professional opportunities

    Cons

    A whole lot of people

    Imageworks2018-12-12
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great studio to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Imageworks full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people Awesome projects to work on

    Cons

    You never know if they will renew your contract until the last second.

    Imageworks2018-09-11
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