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Weta Digital Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated Aug 4, 2019

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3.7
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Pros
  • "cutting edge tech, great shows, great people(in 11 reviews)

  • "scenery in and around wellington(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, especially around deadlines(in 19 reviews)

  • "Pressure / Wellington is boring(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (24)

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

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    Former Employee - Digital Effects Crew 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time for 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.

    Weta Digital2013-12-01
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still give hopes for the Future Weta-ers."

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    Former Employee - Paint Artist in Wellington, Wellington
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits Good project Home away from home Beer Friday! Fish and chips!

    Cons

    Long hours but reasonable. It's all about connection no more skill-set test. For no valid reason they just don't extent contracts.

    Weta Digital2019-08-05
  3. "Great Place!"

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    Former Contractor - Lighting Technical Director in Wellington, Wellington
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital for more than 3 years

    Pros

    cutting edge tech, great shows, great people

    Cons

    sometimes long hours, some ppl with ego

    Weta Digital2019-05-17
  4. "I Enjoyed my time there"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at Weta Digital

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people and facilities

    Cons

    Long hours, chaotic schedule.

    Weta Digital2019-04-26
  5. "Fun but long hours"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Miramar
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun place to work, get to interact with user of software and suppler staff a lot which if you like that is good.

    Cons

    long hours, software is all for in house, so it doesn't always feel like software development but hacking stuff together to get a solution an internal client wants working.

    Weta Digital2019-04-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "OK for entry level. Unsure about the long run though."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weta Digital for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best artists in the world +1s for social events Awesome projects.

    Cons

    Lacking transparency. Good luck moving up the ladder from entry. Long hours.

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    Weta Digital2019-02-22
  7. "Best place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weta Digital

    Pros

    Excellent staff care. Exciting projects. You are paid for every hour you work.

    Cons

    As with any studio very long hours especially at crunch time.

    Weta Digital2018-09-24
  8. "Good"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 

    I worked at Weta Digital

    Pros

    Great projects, incredible talent, good pay, regular social events.

    Cons

    Long hours, especially around deadlines.

    Weta Digital2018-05-30
  9. Helpful (14)

    "Senior Animator"

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

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time for 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

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    Weta Digital2018-01-15
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to be around other 3D and VFX creative's"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wellington, Wellington
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weta Digital for more than a year

    Pros

    Food is free. Short commute 20mins from anywhere. Airport is a minute away. Amazing projects. Great work mates. Every Friday night at 6pm the beer fridges are unlocked and ready to be emptied. "Beer O'clock"and catered food is free. Weekly pay.

    Cons

    Very Windy. Not for creatives looking to further their careers. They emphasize on technical skills more than your creative. Not much room to grow. Its astounding how much is not communicated between departments. Work in the dark. Must be a morning person. Its cutthroat no empathy for you. No holiday pay. No nothing. No sick days. Money is good but could be better. Must sort out your ACC levies and tax as you get paid weekly as everyone is a contractor and not a employee. Long hours during end of projects. Not a great job if you arw starting a family. 10hrs daily mandatory. Weta is a gun for hire. No IP projects of their own. Have never met Joe Litteri or Peter Jackson. It would be nice to at least see the head of the family.

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    Weta Digital2017-09-20
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