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4 people found this helpful  

A roller-coaster ride, surrounded by a mix of highly creative people and the people that prey on them.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Laika, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- A bunch of highly-creative, talented, friendly people
- Fun and challenging projects
- High-visibility work you can be proud of
- A unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit but with the budgets of an established company
- Leadership is composed of people that actually work, and are brilliant artists themselves

Cons

- A high number of ineffectual smooth-talkers that know how to surround themselves with creative people to make it seem like they're contributing
- Salaries for technical positions on the low side for the area
- Poor communication from leadership to subordinates can make it seem like a bit of a rudderless ship

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate long-term strategy and short-term tactics continually, rather than once per production, don't rehire idiots that you laid off for being incompetent.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work if you can avoid the politics, you will almost certainly need to have an "in" to get hired.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laika, Inc

    Pros

    Great people work there, a wide assortment of personalities

    Cons

    • Lots of internal politics going on, departments often act as their own little world instead of working with other departments to get things done.
    • Terrible communication.
    • Getting things like equipment can be a bureaucratic nightmare.
    • People want to joint the company very bad so they take little pay to get it, the company takes advantage of this to their fullest.
    • The company skirts around immigration laws to hire employees from oversees while there are fully qualified candidates locally.
    • People are interviewed with no intention of hiring, just jumping though hoops to get friends hired.
    • No communication with employees between projects. People are told they are coming back for the next project and they dont get called.
    • Long hours in a very hot studio in the summer. Temperatures hit almost 100.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Average salary...poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented artist who create some of the most amazing work in the industry. A competitive benefit package.

    Cons

    Human Resource department cannot be trusted. Clicky management team that acts more like a bunch Jr. High kids than professional people entrusted to run a company. Location of the downtown studio is ideal, however the Hillsboro location is far out and hard to get to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know who the true talent is and quit holding on to the LOFT. Provide more guidance to new managers. Be honest and upfront with your employees if you want them to be loyal to you. Spread the love and be more fair with recognition and salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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