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Laika, Inc Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • There is nothing quite like stepping on to an amazing stop motion set to inspire wonder and awe (in 10 reviews)

  • Some of the brightest, caring, most creative people I (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Insufficient cost-of-living increases, especially given how expensive Portland is becoming (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication, about anything (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Film Industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing diverse group of people.

    Cons

    The drive is a pain in the butt!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great, but there's no trust between employees and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Great, creative people. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Employees are undervalued both in salary and expendability. Little to no upward mobility in many departments. Leadership is apathetic at best, adversarial at times. Future of company feels like it's at the whim of the CEO. Commute is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Scale your pay according to the industry, not the geography. Travis should have to speak and answer to the employee base on a regular basis (town halls?). Don't meet complaints with "If you don't like it, leave."

  3. Helpful (4)

    "The company tries but Travis doesn't care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Laika, Inc full-time

    Pros

    - Food carts every day
    - Best benefits package I've ever had
    - Surrounded by some of the best artists in the world
    - The company does try to improve it's flaws (it just takes a really long time)
    - Able to learn and grow in my career path
    - Work with an absolutely amazing and supportive team

    Cons

    - Travis separates himself too much from the everyday employee so there's a constant fear of him and everyone in the dark about the company's next steps.
    - Long hours during a crunch (but that's typical of the industry)
    - The politics of upper production are really the worst thing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees at the bottom, they know what they're doing. Don't be afraid to be transparent with us.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing coworkers and so much potential, but major mismanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time

    Pros

    The artists working here are phenomenally talented and generous.
    Good benefits.
    Great facilities.

    Cons

    Employees are undervalued and communication is poor. As other reviewers have mentioned, those who make the decisions at the top levels have no contact with those doing the work.
    Dedication and talent seem to have little to do with arbitrary layoffs.
    No job security, despite promises of more steady production.
    Insufficient cost-of-living increases, especially given how expensive Portland is becoming.

    Advice to Management

    Improve marketing campaigns so movies can be more successful.
    Hire better writers and have multiple projects in development at once, so the whole studio is doesn't get derailed if one director goes off to do another project.
    Create better communication and transparency between upper management and rest of company.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Garbage company with a spoiled man child at the helm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers!!! Some of the brightest, caring, most creative people I’ve ever worked with. They never cease to amaze me.

    Cons

    The management! The CEO, Travis Knight, is a spoiled, silver spoon trust fund baby who was given the company by his daddy. He has zero idea how to manage multiple projects so he lays off most of the staff so he can go work at another company.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who knows how to be a CEO


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Laika, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Fabulous benefits and incredible artists doing cutting edge work in the field

    Cons

    Having to be 16 miles west of downtown Portland during the week


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Good place for artists but not production staff."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You're around very talented and driven people. The work being done here is excellent.

    Cons

    Things seem mismanaged and disorganized. The production staff is treated fairly poorly and asked to do way too much for how very little they're paid. Additionally staff seemed to be dropped/fired frequently with no warning or explanation given to their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your expectations of the quality and amount of work you demand from your employees based on how you pay them. I was once told that a very talented peer that I had recommended wouldn't be considered for a job because they weren't at the WETA level. I know for a fact that they would have paid anyone they hired for the position less than $25 an hour. That's ludicrous. Don't expect talented individuals to work themselves to the bone on Travis Knight's "passion project" that he hasn't even been near in 6 months for pay that barely allows them to afford rent. You've assembled talented people, pay them appropriately. Don't expect loyalty either when their peers suddenly disappear without warning or reason.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A Fun Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Data Wrangler
    Current Employee - Data Wrangler
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laika, Inc full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a Freelancer in the Film & Television industry for 5.5 years before I started working at Laika, and I can say with confidence that It is the best work environment I have yet seen. The people I work with are friendly, take their work seriously, and aren't afraid to joke around. The pay is fair, you don't get hassled when you log OT, and most importantly, it's consistent. We work long hours, and for me that's a pro because more hours means more money. I think one of the biggest Pros is that I no longer dread/groan when waking up for work, because although it does get busy, it feels like it matters.

    Cons

    Inter-department communication could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    I think if we had an interdepatmental shadowing program where you spend a day with each department to learn their workflow, it would help improve everyone's ability to work together more efficiently and communicate.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "coordinated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm not sure if there are any pros... oh the benefits were good

    Cons

    negative - spends thousands to save a penny

    Advice to Management

    learn to depart your ego from what really needs to be done...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Laika, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people to interact with on all levels.

    Cons

    Advancement can be difficult because higher level people rarely leave.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. We love the company and want to be excited where the ship is being steered.


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