Mainframe Studios Employee Reviews about "unpaid overtime"

Updated Jun 17, 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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Treats employees well

      Aug 15, 2016 - Senior Animator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great proprietary pipeline - Very experienced crew - Rewards loyal employees with continued work - Relaxed atmosphere

      Cons

      - Occasional unpaid overtime - Contracts are on the short side - Tight deadlines - Vacation or sick time will put you way behind, as you're expected to fully meet your deadlines even if you take time off

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    2. 4.0
      Former Contractor, more than 3 years

      A great company to start out with, but loses its charm after a while

      Jun 17, 2020 - Rigging Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Hire people right out of school - Some projects are relaxed and great to work on - Advancing through the job ranks is possible - Familiar atmosphere, nice culture

      Cons

      - Lots of old legacy pipeline stuff, some people are hesitant to change/improve - Not enough documentation, miscommunication between departments - Lots of projects with tight deadlines, kills the fun - Unpaid overtime - No benefits for contractors

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      Mainframe Studios Response

      Manager, Talent Acquisition

      Thank you for providing us with this feedback, and for taking the time to write a review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the studio culture; and we agree that Mainframe Studios is a great place to grow, as we love to promote from within. We are always looking at ways to improve and remain competitive in the industry. We have been around for quite some time and there is legacy in place that we are always striving to build upon, and grow from, wherever possible. We agree that sometimes deadlines are too tight, and will continue to avoid overtime wherever possible.

    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good place to start your career

      May 31, 2016 - Lighting/Compositing Artist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Neat pipeline (very organized) - Don't do overtime much - Spacious, big and comfortable place to work at - Pretty good location (access to food & beach) - Friendly people, more like family here

      Cons

      - Inflexible hours (they really want you to work from 9-6) - Unpaid Overtime (though they don't do overtime usually but compensate it with dinner) - Payment a bit low as compared with other animation studio

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Unreasonable amount of unpaid overtime.

      Apr 16, 2012 - Compositor in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Rainmaker has amazing employees and had a great collaborative atmosphere.

      Cons

      Our project required unrealistic deadlines which lead to unreasonable amounts of unpaid overtime.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    5. 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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