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Reviews for Tastemade Studios

Review factors

Feel-Good Factor

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

Career factor

Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Benefits

The following benefits are offered

No flex. working hours No parking Easy access to public transportation No stock or equity options No defined contribution plans/company 401(k) No onsite daycare facility No reimbursed daycare No ability to work remotely No desirable office location No tuition assistance No Paid Parental Leave No defined contribution company match/employer 401(k) match No flexible spending account No paid time off No healthcare (including vision and dental) No relocation allowance No life insurance

The following perks are offered

No on site cafeteria No meal or transportation allowance No health and wellness programs No employee discounts No vehicle allowance Employee events in 1 of 1 reviews No dogs allowed No fitness center on site Free Snacks/Drinks in 1 of 1 reviews
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  • 12.Jul 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Post Production was separate from the main company and treated as lesser. The main office would specifically exclude Post Production from certain group activities and perks.

Support from management

The Head of Post was consistently rude and completely disinterested in interacting with employees. The two Post Coordinators were completely unqualified.

Teamwork

The editors themselves often worked wonderfully as a team, but teamwork and collaboration were discouraged at the managerial level.

Freedom to work independently

Editors were not trusted to make even the most minor of decisions without multiple, largely redundant, levels of approval and oversight.

Internal Communication

Zero. Management's aversion to even basic communication meant everything from weekly scheduling to major department policy could change with little to no warning or explanation.

Gender Equality

While there were a large number of incredibly talented women in our department, it was painfully obvious their work and opinions were not valued to an equal degree. All male creative meetings were not uncommon.

Attitude towards older colleagues

There was no age bias that I could see in the office. Though, most editors were in their mid-20's to mid 30's.

Career Development

There are neither growth opportunities, nor support for professional development.

Overall compensation for your work

At the time I was hired, Tastemade was offering a highly competitive rate for their experienced editors. By the time I left, that rate had been nearly cut in half for new hires. Current rates are below industry standard.

Office / Work Environment

The Post office was always freezing, especially in the winter, forcing editors to bring blankets and heavy jackets to work. Despite pleas from the editors, management largely ignored the problem.

Work-Life Balance

To their credit, Tastemade was good about not forcing editors to work late or take work home with them. Unfortunately, though most editors were hired as freelances and promised flexible schedules, the Post Coordinators often berated and guilted editors when requesting days off.

Job Security

Despite being classified as a freelance employee, Tastemade consistantly blurred the lines to their benefit. Editors were expected to work 5 day work weeks and were discouraged from taking any time off, including sick leave. When requesting days off, the Head of Post and Post Coordinators would often suggest that there might not be "work available" or that we'd be replaced. The number of editors working at any given time was constantly in flux and editors were often given zero warning

Challenging Work

The challenge in the work came solely from the startling lack of development or pre-production put into their projects. Editors were often given unusable footage with zero input or direction from producers, only to be scolded when the final product did not meet their expectations.

Inclusive / Diverse

While the Post Production department was fairly diverse, it quickly became clear that female editors were not valued. The Head of Post and Post Coordinator would often hold creative meetings that failed to include any of the many incredibly talented women on staff.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Replace the Head of Post Production and Post Coordinator. Demand that producers take responsibility for their productions and provide editors with clearly developed content and well thought out direction. Stop blaming post production for failures in development/production/management.

What I like about the company

The fellow editors. I had the good fortune of meeting and working with some incredibly talented, collaborative and all around wonderful editors.

What I dislike about the company

Post Management. The Head of Post and Post Coordinator. The Head of Post seemed content to sit back and avoid actual management duties at all costs. The Post Coordinator seemed intent on blaming any and all issues on the editors, creating impossible situations that, after a while, felt like concerted efforts to set the editors up for failure.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Tastemade Studios
  • City
    Santa Monica
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
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