Nerd Corps Entertainment Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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  1. Getting better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior 3D Modeler - Character Rigging in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior 3D Modeler - Character Rigging in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nerd is a decent place, especially for people looking to get a start in the industry. The company will always have work, I have yet to see them let anyone go due to lack of projects and that means a steady paycheck. The people you work with end up being a great part of the experience there as well. Since being bought by DHX, there have been many moves by upper management to improve the atmosphere and attitude of the company, which is a refreshing change from previous years. Things are more upbeat and positive than last year, which was more upbeat and positive than the year before. Its a company that has had some growing pains but seem to be striding forward right now (2015).

    Cons

    The pay scales and upgrades need some review, and the question of paid overtime is most of the time, a laughing matter. The scheduling also is a bit in the hands of the coordinators and a spreadsheet, being 'behind' can result in an employee working lots of O.T to catch up which can frustrate and burn out a lot of people. The projects are for children so if you are looking for something more adult, that would not be Nerd's target audience. Its not a bad thing, just not what some people might be looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the direction you are, and look to value skilled and experienced employees more.


  2. Animator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get your foot in the industry

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than market


  3. Good for Grads, Not for Experienced Folk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Team camaraderie and morale were high, which was the biggest positive factor in my time with Nerd Corps. Excellent opportunity for new graduates to get experience and climb the ladder.

    Cons

    Disclaimer: I did not work on all productions at Nerd Corps. Experiences vary from team to team. For anyone with experience outside the studio, Nerd Corps can leave a lot to be desired. No work environment is perfect, and I can overlook the little things. But the one critical issue with Nerd Corps is the message from leadership: "You should feel lucky that you have a job." This statement is the foundation on which the studio's culture is built. When you work at Nerd Corps, you do things the Nerd Corps way. They are not seeking to gain from your professional experience, but instead judge you by how well you fit their mold. Not surprisingly, reform, regardless of scale, is not only unsupported, but discouraged. Employee turnover is so high that it ironically creates a vacuum in which junior employees are sucked up the ladder - not climbing it.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not children that need to be told not to play on the street. They are responsible adults with industry experience from which you can benefit. They deserve to be treated with such respect.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a fantastic culture that makes you feel like you belong. A fantastic location that lets you go for lunch on Commercial Drive which is full of tasty restaurants.

    Cons

    They've done so well that they're growing massively and being bought up by DHX so things might be about to change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nerd Corps Entertainment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Stable work environment Good variety of shows to work on Good learning opportunity Management approachable and is willing to listen to concerns and ideas Management is flexible and is willing to make changes and change to make the place better

    Cons

    there is room to improve pay


  7. Helpful (4)

    Not a Place to stay long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their isn't much Pros about this place. The workers are a very talented bunch of people which you can learn lots from.

    Cons

    Wow, where to start. Lets start with the micro management software that they use, everything looks good on paper but when you start to involve humans things are going to go wrong, thy don't have any contingency plan, so if anything goes wrong or something needs to be redesigned or re-rigged,the employee must do overtime without pay to fix the problem. The Work load is more then any other studio since an employee must do 2 or more jobs, animators aren't just animating, and modelers aren't just doing geo, it would be alright but the pay doesn't reflect what you need to do. The management is a joke, if you ever see management their about to fire someone or if there doing a studio showing to clients. There is no communication between departments, and there seems to be a rival between departments, there isn't much studio culture because of this.


  8. Good place to start your animation experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animator
    Former Employee - Animator

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome place to start your experience in animation industry. You'll learn a lot about how the industry flows, not only in animation but also in films and video games too.

    Cons

    Tracking system is extremely stressful, sometimes people ignores quality but chooses ways to catch up the tracking time. Wage is too low despite its entry level for an animation industry.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Not a place to stay long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people love their work and try to do their best.

    Cons

    Some of the leads and seniors are great, but some of them are promoted just because they have been in the company for many years. They don't have any other industry experience and are not qualified for those roles, moreover some of them won't hesitate to bully any new employee with better skills. Bad culture environment. A tracking software keeps the team stressed constantly. Poor management. They don't appreciate the hard work of the artists. Salaries are well below standard. No benefits and no overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    You need to appreciate your artists and treat them better.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "You care too much"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Modeler in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hugely talented ground troops.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Tracking system( SPARX ) is grossly misused in order to instil fear in ground troops. Whole sets are given 2 days for completion. Management is clueless and also don't listen when technical problems are flagged, even though solutions are ready to deploy. Supervisors are behind closed doors and NEVER held accountable, have been using the same tools for 10 years. Salaries are well below standard. Frequent use of "high technology" exemptions of emoyment standards act of canada ( overtime, ect... ). They hire from outside, overtop of employees of several years, then expect them to train thier new boss (who doesn't speak English). Frequent, almost daily network crashes resulting in hours of lost time, which is not compensated on SPARX. I'll stop here because it's pointless to go any further. Will be looking for new job shortly.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't the 90s anymore. Fire your incompetent supervisors for all departments. They refuse to innovate in a rapidly changing industry and take responsibility for anything, if fact everything on my current show that is problematic comes from development. Provide any incentive for your employees to perform instead of draining all artistic vision. If you don't, you will have to sell the company you've built from the ground up.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Bad management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nerd Corps Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are good.. some company events good too.

    Cons

    Unpaid overtime used as tool by managers to keep costs down. Pay and benefits are less than market rate. Management doesn't appreciate or respect employees, and don't have a good understanding of what's going on. High turn over of employees. Work environment is over crowded, depressing, and un-healthy.

    Advice to Management

    Band-aid fixes won't solve your problems. You needmore than a few changes here and there to make things work right.



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