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Mainframe Studios Senior Animator Reviews

Updated Sep 7, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Aug 12, 2020 - Animator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    No babysitting, encourages creativity, great products

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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    Mainframe Studios Response

    Manager, Talent Acquisition

    We are so glad to hear about your positive experience with Mainframe, and thank you for your review!

  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome place

    Sep 7, 2021 - Junior 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Comes with benefits -Reasonable work-life balance -Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    -Sometimes there are some technical issues down the pipeline that take a while for IT department to fix

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great Team and super awesome leads

    Mar 25, 2021 - Junior Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    flexible hours, super nice team, room to grow

    Cons

    starting salary is a bit less

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  4. 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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  5. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Good place to start your animation career

    Dec 31, 2020 - Senior Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    strong pipeline good people nice environment.

    Cons

    the company doing it's best to keep their employees and keep rolling.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Contractor

    Great place to work

    Sep 17, 2020 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great culture Takes care of their people Nice facilities Fun work environment

    Cons

    Need more variety of projects Salary could be more competitive

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    Mainframe Studios Response

    Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the studio culture and the environment. We are always looking to bring on more exciting projects, and are hopeful to make 2021 our best year yet! We appreciate your feedback in regards to salary, and are working on ongoing strategies to remain a competitive employer in the industry.

  7. 4.0
    Current Contractor, more than 5 years

    Great place to start

    Sep 15, 2020 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - starting to get overtime pay occasionally - friendly people

    Cons

    - high turn over - no compensations

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    Mainframe Studios Response

    Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your review and for taking the time to provide us with this feedback! We are glad to hear that the team has had a positive impact on your work-life, and are always working to improve as an employer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to HR and we will work together to address your concerns.

  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good work environment

    Nov 30, 2019 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    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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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    decent place to work at

    Nov 9, 2019 - Lead Animator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    NO OVERTIME PAY, bad location

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  10. 3.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Some good people working under poor management

    Dec 25, 2017 - Animator in Vancouver, BC
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    Pros

    People working around me, other animators, supervisors etc. were all great, hard working people. If you stay late, there's some pretty nice dinner options. In the projects I was involved with, we were given a large amount of creative freedom.

    Cons

    Budgets are terrible on some projects, and it seems like whatever is the current preferred project ends up sabotaging another. Crews are expected to meet insane quotas while understaffed, while other projects sit around literally doing nothing. The sacrifice they expect and what they offer in return hurts. I had worked for 3-4 years, and felt used and just about ready to give up on the career all-together.

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