Mainframe Studios Employee Reviews about "beer fridays"

Updated Jul 20, 2020

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  • "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. 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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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

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

      Jul 20, 2020 - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      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 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Too many politicians

      Nov 20, 2019 - Senior Character Rigger in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      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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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Messy pipeline and so many political people

      Jan 9, 2020 - Senior Rigger in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Beer Friday and nothing. 3 weeks vacation

      Cons

      Messy pipeline and so many political people

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Relaxed place to work

      Oct 20, 2016 - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Relaxed and friendly environment. Opportunities to move up in the company if you stick around. Little to no OT- This is a great place to work if you want to have a life outside of work. You're able to come in at 9 and head home at 6 with no pressure to do OT as long as you're getting your work done during the day. Decent facilities with a large kitchen and balcony to hang out and eat your lunch in the sun. A great place to start out, as they are willing to hire new grads as junior artists, or as PAs and train them to move up into an artist role. Beer friday every week

      Cons

      The projects aren't that exciting - mostly straight to DVD projects. The work can get a bit monotonous and not a ton of opportunity to learn new things unless you are a junior artist. While OT is pretty rare, any OT you do work is not compensated Pay may not be as high as VFX studios in the city, but is probably on par or higher than other similar animation studios.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Pretty good place to start with

      Aug 25, 2016 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone working at RainMaker were very friendly. The directors and producers were easy to talk to to get critiques and were happy to offer help. Beer Fridays were great, and the location is pretty good too.

      Cons

      The pay wasn't as much as I'd have liked but it was liveable and good if you're just starting out. No medical or dental, and no parking available.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Contractor

      Almost Great

      May 30, 2017 - CG Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Offers benefits, beer Fridays, understands work-life balance, relaxed atmosphere and has an amazing pipeline.

      Cons

      Organization can vary from project to project, low salary, condescending attitude amongst certain supervisors.

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