Mainframe Studios Employee Reviews about "great place"

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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
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Great studio and amazing company culture

      Aug 11, 2020 - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great place to start your career in VFX, animation or Film& Television - Rich company culture, great staff and social aspects - Good portfolio of projects in-house - Management was supportive

      Cons

      - Some aspects in early pipeline could be more robust for better efficiency - Salaries could be more competitive - Facility was a bit outdated

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      Mainframe Studios Response

      Manager, Talent Acquisition

      Thank you very much for your review, and for sharing your feedback with us! We are glad to hear that your experience was generally a positive one, and are always looking to improve. We are currently looking at updating our facility, though at this time the majority of our team are currently working from home during this present time.

    2. 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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    3. 5.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      3D Modeler

      Nov 8, 2018 - 3D Modeler in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work, the Studio cares about their employees and there are always projects going on! The pipeline is awesome and people is very friendly :)

      Cons

      Contracts depending on the length of the project

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    4. 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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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Production Coordinator

      Sep 11, 2015 - Production Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome company culture, a lot of talented artists, friendly and approachable upper management. Great place to start your career in the industry. If they like you, they will do their best to make you happy and want to stay for their next projects. Organizes any social events (picnics, xmas party, halloween trivia, etc) throughout the year. Each show have weekly screening to let artists see their work, and sometimes from the other shows going on in the company. Not a lot of OT.

      Cons

      Don't make decisions or tell you about their plans for you until the last minute, which causes them to lose a lot of their artists. Not a big variety of projects. Great place to start out, but not a lot of room for growth and career development. Not a very appealing benefits package.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      wait for new management

      Mar 30, 2012 -  in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff are very talented and friendly. Great place to learn the basics.

      Cons

      Management is overpaid and incompetent. Company may not be around much longer.

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