Laika, Inc

  www.laika.com
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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
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    management needs an upheaval

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laika, Inc

    Pros

    Producing innovative work in stop motion, great creative talent, beautiful production value, potential to do great things.

    Cons

    Management is weak and egotistic. Concerned more about their own self-image than how their crew is managing. Layoffs and furloughs are common without due notice. Staff is bullied by management and treated as factory workers rather than the true artisans they are. Communication is non-existent between departments and worse between department heads and their crew. Crew is often pushed into massive overtime before going into furlough. Story development and direction is weak but he emphasis is to push creative boundaries rather than tell great stories. Pay rates are lower than industry standard and because so many people want in, they can get away with that. Interns have been brought on and hired at a lower rate than professionals who can do the job better and faster but require higher wages. There a lot of delicate egos there in management and if you accidentally step on a toe, do not be surprised if you're next on the chopping block. Talent is dispensible there. There is no security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourself and focus on your staff. Create a better workspace with them by appreciating what they do to make this company work. Appreciate their talent individually and not treat them as factory workers. You strive to be like Pixar but fail to focus on story and creating a great team. Admit you are a great artist but a terrible manager and change the way you approach people. Stop bullying them to your will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
    Approves of CEO
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