Cinesite Reviews

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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3.8
84%
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Cinesite CEO  Antony Hunt (no image)
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21 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's the place to be in Montreal(in 6 reviews)

  • "In general there are great people to work with(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "films they work on in feature animation are so low budget and look like they were rendered in a video game engine(in 7 reviews)

  • "Even lower than some TV animation studios(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with and high retention of staff

    Cons

    As with every other VFX Facility, it would be nice to have more consistency on turn over from projects so that planning can be optimised

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  2. "Pretty decent, as large London companies go"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FX Technical Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Very nice coworkers -Good-ish crunch management -Dinner limit is higher than in other studios -Pay is decent, contracts are long-ish (again, compared to other large London studios) -They seem to be busy

    Cons

    -Current office is a basement -No overtime pay (as in most places)

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  3. "Good Projects, Lovely group of people."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Generalist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects from a lot of good places. Plenty of opportunities. Issues are resolved where possible. Hours are good.

    Cons

    At present, located in a basement so say goodbye to that vitamin D.

  4. "Data Operator & Render Wrangler for VFX Movies"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Operator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It’s a superb welcoming environment Great kitchen amenities Fun staff wrap party’s

    Cons

    Will drop you like a tonne of bricks. Don’t have someone train to do something then not extend their contract. Slightly ‘cliquey’. Might have you working til 3AM but might expect you back in at 8AM. Data Operators aren’t given enough credit - they are everyone’s fall guy.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "No prospects"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At times it could be fun

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional with a particularly antiquated attitude towards most things. Limited future visibility backed up by empty promises. The management team is largely incompetent, particularly senior management. No investment in training

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Loved it"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Artist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -great work environment -pleasant, easygoing, friendly people -nice helpful production staff, very accommodating if you have any needs -paid very fairly -beer Fridays and other treats!

    Cons

    -some organizational issues in schedule planning -if you don't like working at basement level (I didn't mind)

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  7. "A pleasant experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Compositor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the only companies I've worked for that tries to care as best they can for their employees, even when pressures are high. Production, Supervisors and HR are very hardworking, friendly and helpful. The work feels less "cog in a machine" because your input is valued and you can just walk up to another artist/department to discuss problems and figure out solutions. The company paid for independent financial advisers to come in once a month to help employees with any sort of issue regarding their financial life or pension. They also tried to re-pay some overtime which is the first time I've seen a London Company do that. Baby steps, but it was appreciated! And they also held a spectacular Wrap Party with an abundance of food, drinks and fun.

    Cons

    Based in a basement office the lack of natural light can be depressing (although no-one will tell you off for having a little outside break :) ) There was no prep supervisor or proper training for prep artists which meant they where sometimes let go/replaced to keep up the pace. The usual overtime cons that come with working in VFX. At least at this company it seems like they want to change for the better.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "work at cinesite"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends

    I worked at Cinesite

    Pros

    friendly, talented staff, nice building,

    Cons

    poor senior management, lack of leadership and company direction

  9. "Nice environment,people and great company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting Technical Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team of people to work and fantastic crew. One of the best company where I worked

    Cons

    Needs more organization and better pipeline software.

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  10. "Nice people to work with"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cinesite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lovely people, nice environment and great projects

    Cons

    low benefits for long working hours

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