Mainframe Studios Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2021

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4.1
91%
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Pros
  • "Beer Fridays were great, and the location is pretty good too(in 7 reviews)

  • "Great place to start your career in VFX, animation or Film& Television(in 6 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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jun 17, 2021 - Layout Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone is friendly and workplace is very comfortable

      Cons

      No cons actually. Just keep doing what you need to improve

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent place to learn and grow

      Feb 25, 2021 - Senior Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good Location (when we worked in studio) - Decent projects - Stable employment, there are lots of TV series in production, with more on the way, many people have been with the studio for years - The studio keeps growing so there are a number of opportunities for advancement - The studio is getting more and more ambitious with the TV series they are producing, and thus the quality level the animation continues to improve - Competitive pay, a bit on the lower side - There are some health benefits - Decent place to learn and grow

      Cons

      - Mainframe’s biggest weak point is - pre production… Very little is ready when a new project launches into full-production, and thus fundamental framework doesn’t get put in place until way late in the production... if ever. - Management appears to be applying old templates from previous basic projects and applying them to new much more ambitious and complicated projects. --- Expecting artists to deliver advanced materials in the same amount of time the studio previously delivered something basic. - Lots of talk about the studio burning out their crew on all the newer projects. (Barbie projects being the exception as they have had more than a decade to streamline things and build up resources)

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing Culture and Everyone is so Friendly!

      May 14, 2021 - Junior Talent Acquisition Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Awesome Culture - Fun Projects - Work/Life Balance

      Cons

      There are no cons I can think of!

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work with amazing people

      Apr 24, 2021 - Lighter Compositor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work life balance Opportunities for everyone Great people Everyone very helpful and they really value the artists

      Cons

      Probably the most lackluster health plan and overall benefits from all the Vancouver animation studios

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The company is a great place to work.

      Apr 26, 2021 - Render Wrangler in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Environment is awesome and people are friendly.

      Cons

      People can get a little unorganized

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      good for beginer

      May 18, 2021 - Surfacing Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      No too many overtime work

      Cons

      low payment compare other place

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Pros and cons

      Apr 7, 2021 - Storyboard Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company culture Wonderful people to work with Stability

      Cons

      Not such a high salary

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Very Good Work Environment

      May 7, 2021 - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work-Life Balance, Good team, respected environment

      Cons

      Nothing Major, No health insurance added

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Nice environment, they care about your family and your mental health

      Apr 14, 2021 - Senior Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - They care about your health - Family focused - They try to create a family

      Cons

      - Not so great payment - Projects are ok - Management doesn't have a lot to say with clients sometimes, clients do whatever they want

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company to stay

      Apr 13, 2021 - Supervisor in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It’s a very nice and friendly environment

      Cons

      Sometimes salaries are lower then the Vancouver average

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