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Gemmiti Model Art Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2019

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3.2
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Lisa Gemmiti
13 Ratings
  1. "Unique and Creative Company"

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    Former Employee - Administration 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth and learning at Gemmiti. It is a unique and special company to work for. Excellence is encouraged. A creative and lovely space to work in with great employees and dedicated management. This is a professional shop where high ethics and responsibility are required. Management does have high expectations for each employee and when I worked there I felt that the lines of communication were very...

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    Cons

    Parking is difficult, but hey, this is SF.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-10-03
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid working here."

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    Former Employee - Model Maker in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time

    Pros

    The work experience is the only reason to work here. The shop is well equipped and set up in a very organized and efficient manner with plenty of space. Just about everything you need to work with is on site, and you'll be able to use some great high-end equipment. The projects are interesting. Amidst high turnover, you may be able to work with some great model makers.

    Cons

    All problems stem from the management style, which leads to a generally high turnover. The company uses the Hubbard style of management (no other overt mentions of Scientology are made). The system causes a few problems: 1) It seems overkill for such a small company. I think it was something like a dozen separate departments within an organization that generally employs a handful of model makers. The administrative...

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    Advice to Management

    Cut down on your overhead costs instead of underpaying your model makers. Treat workers with respect, recognize their strengths, and don't try to force your system so heavily.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-09-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very happy to have had the opportunity to work in such a unique business"

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    Former Employee - Model Maker 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great space, equipment and materials available to do your work. Being able to work on interesting projects and feeling a since of pride in what you have helped to produce. Being able to work for someone who has so much knowledge about the model making business.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the business sometimes deadlines are difficult to achieve which can make for a cranky work environment.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you will keep your expectations high so you can continue to put out quality products.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-08-30
  4. "GREAT COMPANT BUT NOT A PLACE TO WORK FOR THE LAZY"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best shops, if not the best, to work in for professional model makers. Amazing projects and awesome clients to work for. Every tool you can imagine.

    Cons

    If you say you are a professional model maker and you know how to use all the tools, it is expected that you can follow through. There have been a number of times where a model maker has come in and claimed to be really good but in actual fact that are a novice. They spend all day working to figure something out, push the project back and expect that someone else will just cover for them. This has led to upsets in the...

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    Gemmiti Model Art2013-09-04
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Model Maker"

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    Former Employee - Model Maker, Prototype Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time

    Pros

    I just wanted to place Gemmiti Model Art here on glassdoor, so that people who have worked at this establishment can provide some crucial information about their experiences therein. This is a positive for future prospects of the business and model makers alike.

    Cons

    I gave up quite a bit to take on a position at this establishment. The job turned out to be very much different then i had thought. if i had had something like this as part of my research...the out come may not have changed, but at least i would have had a better prepared expectation of what i was in for.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people locally, so that if they do decide that they are not good fits at Gemmiti they don't feel stuck (shanghaied) in an uncomfortable situation, without the means to leave.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-04-03
  6. Helpful (1)

    "terrible management undercuts seemingly enjoyable job"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager, Professional Model Maker in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    get to learn a lot about fabrication(must be under your own guidance and time though). get to meet a lot of interesting people due to the high turn around.

    Cons

    you will be pressured into working for no pay, I've seen up to 36 hours straight on more than one occasion. Essentially you are expected to work as though you were a contractor, get this done by this deadline and you have this much pay to do it, which would be workable is it wasn't two weeks of work, we will pay you for one, and its due in three days. The bureaucratic structure of an investment firm will leave you sifting...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to some of the suggestions from the employees, consider them seriously, and don't take everything as an insult to your character. I know that your management structure stems from your spiritual beliefs as a Scientology, but maybe you can pair all of it down to a more appropriate scale for a small 5 person production team.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-04-09
  7. Helpful (3)

    "The Worst Work Environment I've Ever Experienced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gemmiti Model Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The shop itself is awesome; great tools & equipment, tons of materials to work with. The other model makers were great people (and quite a few came through) and really fun to work with.

    Cons

    The workplace was emotionally abusive and hostile. There was yelling almost daily. Employees are called "stupid" to their faces (this personally happened to me several times). Employees are coerced into working extremely long hours, sometimes not leaving the shop for extire weekends, and then are strongly encouraged to not report overtime hours they worked or are not provided comp days. Employees are passively threatened...

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    Gemmiti Model Art2013-04-18
  8. Helpful (6)

    "If I had this review available to me, I would've just kept on looking"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Model Maker in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gemmiti Model Art full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The shop has a wide available repertoire of tools and machinery which can become beneficial for someone starting in the industry.

    Cons

    Expect long hour/days with no overtime/comp time. No paid holidays, vacation time and sick days accumulate after 4 months or so. No bonuses or raises offered. Poor knowledge of the fabrication process from upper management makes it difficult to have a fluid effective production process. Your performance is constantly evaluated on the WISE business model, measured by statistics rather than physical interaction. This statistic...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop falsely advertising your company as making the best models in the world. I have made, and seen far better.

    Gemmiti Model Art2013-04-04
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