- Tastemade Studios12.Jul 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- CompanyTastemade Studios
- CitySanta Monica
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2017