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Imageworks Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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Found 137 reviews

3.6
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Imageworks CEO Robert M. Osher
Robert M. Osher
43 Ratings
Pros
  • "There were long hours at times, but great people(in 13 reviews)

  • "Good pay, great location, good benefits(in 10 reviews)

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

  • "Blaming artist for pipeline issues(in 11 reviews)

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  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
  2. "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
  3. 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
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. Helpful (4)

    "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...

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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
  7. "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
  8. 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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Old testament"

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

      I worked at Imageworks full-time

      Pros

      Salary and benefits are great. A lot of cool animated features and some vfx work. Some good people/talents. Reasonable overtimes. Occassional training classes from other departments and interests (mostly lunch time) Free movies

      Cons

      The environment feels like elementary school and less professional. Any experienced individual would be swallowing pride each day just to follow the "way". Your true performance is kept on a tight leash and shrouded to upper management. Tasks are distributed like circus crazy. That leads to losing track from mixed artists involved, wasting massive time and effort, and Frustration. quality is behind quantity. The...

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      Advice to Management

      For years, What are the parting interviews for?

      Imageworks2018-09-14
    • "iCAD Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Imageworks full-time

      Pros

      The environment is always positive and the training department is supportive and honest

      Cons

      Not always the most exciting projects

      Imageworks2018-08-28
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