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Bardel Entertainment Reviews

Updated 15 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people" (in 11 reviews)

  • "They have the coolest shows to work on hands down" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Shows are often under-staffed causing people to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work despite missteps from management."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Ample opportunity to work on many diverse, fun projects with big name companies.
    -Engaging and personable immediate leadership. (Leads/Supervisors)
    -Willing to teach
    -Amicable atmosphere on floor with artists
    -Studio located in a great location (Kelowna)

    Cons

    -Mismanaged production schedules put considerable pressure and stresses on artists.
    -Tight production schedules doesn't leave room for artists to practice, learn and grow.
    -Miscommunications on past projects between production and artists/leads/supervisors lead to negativity. However, Bardel has learned from those missteps and seems to be doing better.

    Advice to Management

    -Be Transparent
    -Fight for the artists
    -Work with us from the trenches, your example speaks volumes.
    -Be realistically optimistic. You don't have to be smiling all the time, but be realistic about the situation while optimistically seeking solutions.


  2. "Mostly good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers and team mentality, fun team building exercises and fun shows!

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be difficulty gaining insight into new projects and what the future holds. Lots of poor communication and overwhelmed people in management roles.

    Advice to Management

    Organize better and be more transparent with artists and production. Be more accessible to those looking to inquire about general contracts, more professional discussion and emails that articulate the needs of managment and try to accommodate artists.

  3. "Work here for the experience but don't stay for long"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lighting Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of exciting productions that you can work at
    - Tons of great people to work with, talent and personality wise

    Cons

    - Awful studio, very cramped
    - Awful pay, took advantage on foreign worker's pay when they extend their work visa
    - Awful pipeline hence, expect lots of UNPAID overtime
    - Unfair & very unreasonable pay rise

    Advice to Management

    Should treat their employee better instead of just taking advantage of them. Pay them overtime, seriously. Fix your pipeline, they are the main reason why overtime is needed. When animation is not done properly, it should be send back to the animation department instead of having the lighter/compositor fixing it. It is the animators responsibility!


  4. "Animator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues you can learn a lot if you are junior or mid, some good projects to work on, is a good place for a first experience

    Cons

    Expect a lot of OT especially if you are junior, bad communication between the management and the employees, no OT paid, no OT dinner, lack of new projects

    Advice to Management

    hired more qualified people to avoid OT.


  5. "Decent place to start as an animator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animator
    Former Employee - Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Cartoons, Dreamworks TV

    Cons

    Not getting paid for overtime.


  6. "Lighting and comp artist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting and Comp Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lighting and Comp Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The coworkers and supervisors are friendly and the project are awesome.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and short deadline .

    Advice to Management

    Need to imrpove the pipeline and task


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Overly Corporate Workplace. Creatives Disrespected."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to quietly be another gear cog in a machine, you can disappear in here and be left alone.

    Cons

    Productions are constantly understaffing in all departments causing more workload for same pay. Senior, effective artists are not given rewards or incentives. The overly corporate feeling in the air does not encourage loyalty to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Let creatives have more say in running the studio, instead of distant, cold, money-grubbing producers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "great company, lively team based work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bardel Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Passionate coworkers, team activities, weekly lunchtime improv, life drawing, etc.

    Cons

    Facility was lacking... large company with minimal bathrooms and vermin problems.
    Depending on production management of projects, you may be pressured to work free extra hours to make outrageous deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Great team atmosphere at Bardel, however the facility needs some upgrades to accommodate a huge number of employees. Also, keep production in check on how to manage the schedule to allow for better work life balance. No one should be working free overtime.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "OK, Production teams need to learn to plan"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location
    Fun projects, highly varied

    Cons

    Does not seem to learn from their previous mistakes. In regards to planning and scheduling
    Unpaid overtime is expected
    The pipeline is broken
    Quality is usually significantly dropped to due to teams being mostly juniors

    Advice to Management

    To make this no longer a stepping stone studio artists need a reason to stay.

    Top animators leave because the quality drops
    Junior - Mid level animators leave once they have no one around that inspires them


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Alright Entry-Level Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bardel Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Some fun and interesting shows
    -Cool people to work with
    -Easy entry for recent graduates

    Cons

    -High quotas due to under-staffing from under-bidding shows/clients having unrealistic expectations
    -Little to no OT pay
    -Almost everyone is either already or is quickly becoming fed up/tired of all the work a little to no compensation (we occasionally get OT meals but we have to stay until 7:30/8PM to recieve them)
    -Little to no communication from HR when transitioning off shows

    Bardel Entertainment Response

    13 Mar 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate knowing what areas we can improve in and will do all that we can to resolve these concerns and improve our workplace to make it an environment that you are... More


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