I worked at Weta Digital (More than 8 years)
Great projects, great people, great city
Lots of hours, politics, contractor so no benefits
I have been working at Weta Digital full-time (More than 10 years)
It is a Fun Job to be on a movie set. It is also fun blowing things up and setting things on fire
It is very time consuming. Must be a morning person. tedious work must be perfect and safe
I worked at Weta Digital (More than a year)
Incredibly talented and hard working people here. Beer o'Clock is great.
Mismanagement and poor communication.
I worked at Weta Digital full-time (More than 3 years)
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.
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.
I worked at Weta Digital full-time (More than a year)
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
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
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.
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.
work with high-end technology
work with lots of big names in the movie business
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
I have been working at Weta Digital full-time (More than a year)
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)
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.
It's a nice place to be at if you like outdoor and a scenic environment otherwise,
Work, get paid and get out.
I have been working at Weta Digital full-time
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.
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.
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.
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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