Mainframe Studios Reviews

Updated Aug 12, 2020

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2.9
64%
Recommend to a Friend
53%
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Michael Hirsh
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Beer Fridays were great, and the location is pretty good too(in 7 reviews)

  • "Great place for junior artists to start their career, mentorship program available through the FPA position(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpaid Overtime (though they don't do overtime usually but compensate it with dinner)(in 5 reviews)

  • "The animation and lighting department seem to have the highest turnaround but in recent years it's gotten better(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Animator 

    I have been working at Mainframe Studios full-time

    Pros

    No babysitting, encourages creativity, great products

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  2. "Irresponsible and insecure senior producer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Mainframe Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    HR are nice and helpful. They are trying to do their best work

    Cons

    Irresponsible and insecure senior producer who blamed their misdoing on artist. Their sole objective is to look out for themselves, artists are not supported. Very uncool.


  3. "Talented Artists and Friendly Artists. Approachable Higher Management, Disorganized Mid-Management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mainframe Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Artists, Higher Management is Approachable, Beer Fridays, Mentorship for Artists

    Cons

    Low Pay No mentorship for Production Disorganized A lack of investment from Managers/Producers Short Contracts Lack of Leadership

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "disillusioning and disappointing"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mainframe Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - no micromanaging/babysitting - great artists and coworkers - interesting project

    Cons

    i've heard it depends on the show you're on, so, grain of salt for the cons, but in my experience: - they don't offer paid overtime, but then don't have a plan for when people get sick/go on vacation - poor leadership, and condescending management while somehow being also totally ineffectual - feels like leadership doesn't care about the work, depressing and demotivating - poor communication, important information withheld, distrust with management, scare tactics - everything feels bare-minimum: salary, benefits, outdated and cheap equipment/software, which doesn't make you feel very valued

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Messy pipeline and so many political people"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Rigger in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beer Friday and nothing. 3 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Messy pipeline and so many political people

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  6. "Good work environment"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mainframe Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good communication, relaxed and friendly despite having a high animation quota and quality standards

    Cons

    Despite high quality and variety the projects are mostly television series so there are time and quality limitations that come with the genre. That being said, you should have opportunities to do excellent animation within those constraints at Mainframe.

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  7. "decent place to work at"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Lead Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good steady high profile project, nice management, nice facilities, fun cultural activities

    Cons

    NO OVERTIME PAY, bad location

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too many politicians"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Character Rigger in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beer Friday, 3 week vacation

    Cons

    1 . Rigging head is really insufficient ability, even they don't know python class. 2. Leads are same level and they are really good at sucking up. 3. They really don't know what they have problem, they don't accept anything just keep their position and are interested in promotion.

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  9. "Good place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mainframe Studios

    Pros

    Treat people well Smooth pipeline Facility is nice

    Cons

    Needs more projects Salary is lower than other studios

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  10. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant 

    I worked at Mainframe Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good coworkers Benefits were standard

    Cons

    Management can be a bit all over the place

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