Nerd Corps Entertainment
2.2 of 5 9 reviews
www.nerdcorps.com North Vancouver, Canada 150 to 499 Employees

Nerd Corps Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014

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Asaph “Ace” Fipke

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Animator (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsOne of the largest TV series animation Studio in Vancouver.
    People, co-workers and directors are great to work with.

    ConsVery unique and poor time management using a certain 'timer' for animators.
    Lacks balance of continuity and quality of work.
    No reviews or meeting for animators to communicate as a team.
    Very POOR Quota - average 60 sec per week, animators do layout aswell (no layout artists in the studio) all overwhelming quantity work to be done using overtime, which is ofcourse, unpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI really hope these can be fixed in the correct way through a sincere communication if they are willing to support and respect artists who work for them. So people won't leave the compnay as many as they did recently due to poor.. working environment (all the cons above). I could fore-see how the company will turn out in a near future :(

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "You care too much"

    Modeler (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsHugely talented ground troops.

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are good.. some company events good too.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    China's slave labor conditions in beautiful Vancouver, BC

    Modeler (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsYou can't got wrong working with artists.

    ConsDepressing and overcrowded working environment.
    Senior staff look at everybody else with contempt.
    Very low wages for very expensive Vancouver.
    They will lie to your face during the interviews and reviews.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep feeding your competitors with your talent, so someday the industry won't hear about you ever again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to get experience with fun people; difficult to make a career there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros-Lots of fun and like-minded people
    -Work life balance is pretty good
    -Some company events
    -Management that seems to care about its reputation and company culture

    Cons-Pay
    -Possibilities for growth and learning, depending on field

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave senior people with lots of industry knowledge and experience mentor juniors or people who want to learn more. Give people a reason to want to stay, if you can't do it with pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst place for working

    Junior Compositor (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosmost people are juniors so it's usually a happy team work

    Consthey have a software called SPARCX. It gives everyone too much strees. sometimes you're supposed to comp 15-20 shots per a day and you really feel you're a machine after a few months. they don't provide with tablet and stands. very poor accommodations. All I can say is that I really had bad experience working there and the staff were NOT friendly at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid unless necessary

    Animator (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsFriendly atmosphere
    Helpful and friendly peers
    Dog friendly
    Many job opportunities as the company is expanding
    Great hardware
    Good Coffee

    ConsRather hire new than promote from within
    Very low flexibility on being able to switch departments (which is something they advertise)
    No communication between departments, both on show and cross show
    No transparency between project managers and their team leading to hazy deadlines
    Senseless time tracking software (goes down nine hours in an eight hour work day)
    No Dailies, No Peer Reviews
    Overtime pay seemingly exclusive to higher ups
    Benefits are exclusively senior and above
    Pay is medium to low compared to other companies
    Clear favoritism in some departments, leading to a skewed distribution of labor
    Bizarre "PA" positions that do the same work as hirer positions but for a much lower pay

    Advice to Senior Management360 Reviews, Promote more from within, drop the "you should be happy to have a job" attitude

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Eh...

    Animator (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsAwesome co-workers, fun shows, great directors.

    Conspoor management. promotions/raises are very rare. they work you to the bone and expect more. You don't feel appreciated what so ever. not organized at all and it made it really hard for employees. employees are extremely underpaid.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees. pay more attention to their needs. you also need to pay your employees what they deserve..they do so much for you and they're cheques definitely don't reflect that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than I was expecting!

    Animation PA (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsWorking with the animation team has been a huge pleasure. It's a very relaxed environment, even with the heavy time pressures everyone is under. The people are great, and always willing to help each other out. The supervisors are competent and care about their staff. Good job stability.

    ConsNo benefits, no overtime pay (and expect to do a lot of overtime), and very little time to spend on polishing animation.

    Oh, and the coffee is just godawful.

    But overall the company has grown a great deal in the past year, and I believe for the better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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