Animal Logic

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Animal Logic Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
8 Reviews
3.4
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company with many talented people, cool projects and lots of perks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There's lots of smart, talented and driven people to work with here. The hours are flexible, the facility is nice, the food is awesome, the equipment (chairs, pc's, etc.) are great. Working here you will get to see awesome projects coming to life and meet many cool and talented people. Senior management knows their stuff and they stay current on what is going on in the industry and where the company needs to be in the future.

    Cons

    The lack of a "common room" was a big negative for me. The facility is great, but it feels like it is lacking a common area for people to meet, share a coffee, have lunch together, etc.
    Being a fairly large privately held company, there are a lot of people here that have been there since the start or very early on. This can be great, as they have a crazy amount of knowledge about pretty much everything AL. However it also feels like there's not too much room for rapid career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people from different areas talking (for example by providing a common area). Issue management is often extremely structured and reliant on software systems. I think this might cause "tunnel-vision" in regard to the development of products and possibly overlooking the "bigger picture", while working in such a task-based environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great projects, awesome people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Animal Logic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can be sure to work on challenging / interesting / beautiful projects.
    Staff is very nice. Free & great food (lunch buffet) every Thursday !
    Croissants on Friday morning, then beer in the afternoon to start the week end !
    You can play soccer, basketball or go the gym at lunch time.
    Awesome place ! Overtime paid etc..

    Cons

    So awesome that people end up staying ;-)
    Which means you won't have that many options to be promoted.. unless you stay about 10 years..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.. except it's a shame they can't have enough projects in parallel.
    A lot of great people had to relocate overseas whereas they would have loved to stay here if there was some work for them..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good experience working on the Lego Movie

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animation Technical Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Animation Technical Director in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They were amazing regarding relocation and compensation. I loved my relation with HR the whole time. Some time we had to put a lot of hours, but it was generally fun. Schedule wise I could take some time on lunch to go workout and my supervisor and lead were awesome to deal with. The RnD department is developing some great technologies too. I would recommend this company to anyone.

    Cons

    A bit too political in some areas of the company. It's understandable, but I had some medium feedback regarding this. They are a bit too closed on themselves technology wise. It would be fun to see some modules developed internally becoming open sourced.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lighting Technical Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lighting Technical Director in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pipeline, fast renders and backend

    Cons

    Unfortunately in the other side of the world in australia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company, not many complaints, it does feel a little corporate.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Losing it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    some good projects. And nice looking end result.

    Cons

    Bad Location, Poor Management, Overlycomplicated pipeline, Unhealthy food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to restructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, with ups and downs throughout. Great projects and location.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animator in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Animator in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great quality work, fantastic projects, nice culture, great location, they try to look after their staff, great food, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Strange software setup for the pipeline, a degree of inaccessibility and disconnectedness with management, reasonably long hours, a lack of encouraging free thinking and creativity at times, easy to get "boxed in" with one talent even if you have many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of us want to be involved in something bigger than just a job, let us! Ask us what you can do along side us to help grow the creative culture and if some of us are looking to grow as artists and film-makers, encourage us. Help facilitate short films and help open doors to nurture out talents and feel like we are a part of something with meaning that is growing and moving forward. Overall though, there are many many great things about Animal Logic, you do an amazing job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy rigid company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    generally high quality finished product.

    Cons

    Very serious company. Fun is not encouraged. You have to act very serious to be taken serious. Some of the best talents in the world have been there but left because they were banging their heads against a wall of people in top positions who aren't at the top of their game and spend most of their efforts convincing the boss they're better than the amazing talents coming through.
    Its a very hard glass ceiling.
    The high end work comes at a price. A tonne of money is usually spent on superfluous detail and the most complex and rigid CG pipeline you'll be unlucky to ever experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the hacks in top positions to be taken serious by high end professionals.
    Pay attention to story. It's the backbone of a good movie. You're known for being very good at polishing turds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Losing potential, talent and reputation

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Animal Logic

    Pros

    - lots of in-house tools and good computers to work on
    - some talented and friendly people working there
    - food for breakfast and some lunches/dinners
    - Sydney Australia summer is incredible!

    Cons

    - unrealistic schedules
    - lots of network and system crashes cost time and ruin work
    - bad decisions repeatedly cost lost work and hours away from family
    - lots of internal politics that can make life miserable
    - some promotions and decisions are based on politics and not what is deserved
    - people making bad decisions are not punished or fired, and even get promoted!
    - a lot of talented people left because of all these problems mentioned
    - isolated location away from fair-priced or good food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Animal Logic used to do amazing work, but the direction they are heading in recent years is away from the success and reputation they once had. People that left unhappy will not return until big changes take place to make it as good as it once was

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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