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Updated July 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great projects, great people, great city (in 7 reviews)

  • Take very good care when they bring you to New Zealand (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours during end of projects (in 12 reviews)

  • The worst pipeline in the history of VFX, terrible management, no benefits , no holiday pay, no sick leave (in 4 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

  3. "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 (20)

    "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. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Living in middle earth"

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    Current Employee - Production in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Production in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weta Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Wellington offers nice scenic view; and it's a good place for:
    - people who enjoy outdoor activities
    - people with family (not so great for singles)
    - people who likes driving and short commute trips
    - people who'd like to get away from hectic city life
    2) Weta offers relocation fees (people are nice and friendly on your first day of arrival)
    - Paid overtime (not easy to get approval though)
    - Provide fruits and vegetables in the kitchen
    - Because everyone IS a Contractor at weta, it's acceptable for people taking as many leave days, as and when desired. (They hardly say no cos that means they'll pay you more!)
    - Recruits people from onset background and with no vfx background (opportunity for people who like to switch to vfx)

    Cons

    1) Capped hours - not so flexible like the old days. Approval is needed for overtime hours (success rate is low and means lesser $$)
    2) Contractor deal - no insurance, no sick leave, no public holidays. No work, no pay.
    3) Be prepared that politics, conflicts and favouritism is very common. Departments, crew and sups; everything runs like a separate entity. Lot of competitions, conflicts and pushovers (and back mouthing too, need to watch your back)
    4) Connection is key. Everyone is related to another some way or the other. Works well if you're related to someone inside.
    5) Very poor systems and structure. Lot of struggles with old timers vs new hires. Strong reluctancy for change.
    6) Living in dark - zero training and introduction to the company, 'system' and even the people. Lots of guessing to get your work done, (Feels like walking on eggshells at most times)

    Not a company that values loyalty and team work. Everyone is fighting to get a piece of bread.

    *important note for city life people*
    Wellington is a nice little Town, not a city. So pack and ship everything you need. It's hard to even get things commonly found in city places.

    Suggestion
    It's a nice place to be at if you like outdoor and a scenic environment otherwise,
    Work, get paid and get out.


  9. "Good place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Weta Digital full-time

    Pros

    The culture is good in that they strive for the best and Wellington is overall an OK place to live. The jobs they have are interesting and varied.

    Cons

    The work culture and hours can get really unreasonable but this seems to be slowly changing. It is now a big company so things tend to move quite slowly and moving up in your career can take a long time. Wellington weather as well is sometimes a big downer.


  10. "Fantastic opportunity for new nz graduates looking to learn from the best."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in multiple departments
    Good base starting pay compared to any other starting vfx job in NZ
    Flexible work hours within reason
    Great work support network
    Free ongoing training
    Overall its a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    Contract work so no holidays or sick pay. Have to keep track of your money with regard of gst and taxes, student loan payments ect.

    Have to pay ACC when the bill comes.

    Some politics with regard to working here that you'ce got to learn to deal with. Alot of ranks and egos. Nature of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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