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Pros
  • "great people, great work, lots of potential for growth if they manage the place right" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Take very good care when they bring you to New Zealand" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, especially around deadlines" (in 14 reviews)

  • "The worst pipeline in the history of VFX, terrible management, no benefits , no holiday pay, no sick leave" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eustis, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eustis, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, great people, great city

    Cons

    Lots of hours, politics, contractor so no benefits


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good"

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    Current Employee - Special Effects Supervisor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Special Effects Supervisor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Weta Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a Fun Job to be on a movie set. It is also fun blowing things up and setting things on fire

    Cons

    It is very time consuming. Must be a morning person. tedious work must be perfect and safe

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    "Talented but poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and hard working people here. Beer o'Clock is great.

    Cons

    Mismanagement and poor communication.


  4. Helpful (23)

    "Good people. Cool projects. Not for the faint of heart."

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    Former Employee - Digital Effects Crew
    Former Employee - Digital Effects Crew
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are experienced pros on the whole. Tentpole projects. Paid for every hour you work with an OT rate for excessive hours. Usually high pay rates for overseas workers. Decent catering. Good parties.

    Cons

    Extremely short deadlines and mercurial decisions, leading to long hours for long periods of time and panic actions. Not a very cohesive company with each department having a different culture and questionable inter-departmental relations. Very little training and mentoring. Extreme pay differences between local and overseas workers. Supervisors seem to play favorites with work distribution and advancement. Poor pay increases, if any. Have had some poor on-screen credit classifications for outside clients. Weta Digital doesn't seem concerned about instilling loyalty or retaining personnel for the long haul. Recommend you work there for short-term projects and get out.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Paid Lunch Break. Good salary. Beer O'clock

    Cons

    Some people like animators work too many hours.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Animator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Living in New Zealand and some wonderful co-workers.
    Some fun projects, but now all big budget.
    Take care of foreigners.
    Access to viewing big budget film process.

    Cons

    -long hours
    -poor management politics
    -animators treated like technicians, no creativity.
    -management cares only about themselves and bottom line.
    -treats creatives like button pushers.
    -management does not credit or pay creatives.
    -no collaboration with insecure senior staff.
    -too political, overall
    -hard to advance even when u kill yourself on overtime

    Advice to Management

    Tell PJ to stop treating animators like uncreative, button pushers! Try listening to creative team!
    Support your animators and acknowledge that most animation is not mo Capped!
    Pay creatives what they are worth!


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time

    Pros

    Get paid for overtime
    Food provided for overtime workers
    High profile projects

    Cons

    Expected to work overtime constantly for months during a project
    Little care for people's health and well-being in spite of company policies
    Severe shortage of accommodation in city, assumed you'll share housing if single
    Every project like starting at a new company
    Politics and interdepartmental bickering has become ridiculous
    Often incredibly disorganised
    Lack of QC from one department to another
    Now hiring leads and supervisors incapable of doing their jobs to a good standard
    Little loyalty to staff
    Pennypinching with staff pay and project budgets to increase profit margins
    HR unprofessional
    Wellington a surprisingly expensive city to live in
    No sick pay, no holiday pay

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, your company has become a factory where staff are pushed to the brink of severe mental and physical exhaustion to meet deadlines. Deterioration of their health is clearly unimportant if it interferes with the delivery of your projects. This is in spite of your policies which have very obviously been put in place for the company's benefit, not the staff.

    Stop taking on more work than you know you can accommodate or staff your projects adequately so people aren't forced to work themselves into an early grave to increase profit margins. A hospital bed isn't a holiday.

    Show some appreciation to staff who work hard and deliver.

  8. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Weta Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting things to do, cutting edge technology, really good beer o'clock, fun people, lots of opportunity to expand skill sets. Fun projects

    Cons

    Long hours, poor project management for timelines,overtime was requires in some circumstances when there was no work to do. No guarantee of job security even if there long-term


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I didn't work here long , but it was a fantastic experience. The talent and drive at this company is the best in the world.

    Cons

    Long hours but OT food was always provided. Not really a whole lot of bad things to say about this place. NZ is a great country to live in.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "money is good, people are good, management is... not the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work with high-end technology
    work with lots of big names in the movie business
    good experience

    Cons

    management is all over the place, lots of gossip and work politics is through the roof, everyone is out for themselves and there's a lot of inter-departmental bickering
    hours are long and you're expected to do everything yesterday, even if you're not the one it's waiting on

    Advice to Management

    curb egos, improve communication