Mainframe Studios Surfacing Artist Reviews

Updated May 18, 2021

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  1. 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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  2. 3.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Good for getting your foot in the door

    Jul 13, 2020 - Surfacing Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent work culture and very warm and inviting especially for new artists or fresh grads. In surfacing it is a very team oriented atmosphere that is relaxing and where people try to help you the best they can. They are open to moving across departments and generally really do care about you as an artist on the art side of things.

    Cons

    If you start as an FPA the pay sucks but when you become an artist, your wage is considerably lower than those in your same position. Subsequent raises will be lower than your average as well.

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    Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this review, and for your feedback! We have been working internally on our compensation, and want to ensure that all employees feel that they are fairly compensated for their work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager or HR to discuss further.

  3. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 5 years

    The place to start as a junior, but must move on at some point

    Feb 7, 2020 - Surfacing/Texturing artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Great company culture: beer Fridays, pancake breakfasts, bake sales, summer party, Christmas party, just to name some events that happen year round. -Great place for junior artists to start their career, mentorship program available through the FPA position. -One of the best pipelines in the industry with a strong technical team creating tools other studios can only dream of. -Good work location, plenty of cafes around the neighborhood, dessert places and restaurants. Clinic and pharmacy on the ground floor in the same building. Less than a 10 min walk away from West 4th. -Gated underground parking available -Good internal facilities, free coffee, vending machines, two kitchens, good washrooms, small gym on the ground floor. -Good benefits. -Never had overtime in years (although animators and lighters could see OT)

    Cons

    -Low pay may be the biggest reason people come and go. -Short contract at times, depending on department. The animation and lighting department seem to have the highest turnaround but in recent years it's gotten better. -Some projects may seem boring. -Commuting in by the 99 bus is no fun. -No overtime pay - you only get a $20 dinner as compensation. -In recent years there have been little communication between corporate and the artists, whereas 3 years ago every few months we would get an update in the form of a town hall meeting on the studio situation and what to expect in the coming months in terms of projects.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Contractor, more than 3 years

    Great place to gain experience

    Aug 13, 2017 - Surfacing Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Balanced workload depending on project - Low pressure environment - Good leads

    Cons

    - Pipeline can feel outdated depending on project / faster machines would help.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Senior Surfacing artist

    Sep 20, 2016 - Senior/Lead Surfacing Artist I in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    tight and friendly working environment, with group extended health benifit

    Cons

    Lower wedge, no over time pay.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Mixed bag.

    Dec 14, 2016 - Surfacing Artist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Nice people for the most part. -On some shows it would be a good place for juniors to learn and experiment. -In a nice location, but not so great for transit.

    Cons

    -Unpaid overtime on some productions. -Poor equipment/hardware. -Not using the latest software. -Projects. -Budgets. -Lack of viable public transit, the bus route is packed beyond being reasonable. -Low pay, and raises are usually a battle. -Always felt like the company might be in danger of closing. It has more lives than a cat.

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