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Zoic Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Staff and employees are talented and great people to work with" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Cool office in Gastown with free food & drinks" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "There's also no internet connectivity, which makes it difficult to load textures, images, plugins or reference footage" (in 3 reviews)

  • "pipeline tools are good but need refinement" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Slightly Disorganized, but coworkers make up for it"

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    Former Employee - Support in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Support in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They want to take care of you, treat you fairly, and pay fairly well. If anyone has a problem they will do the best they can to make you comfortable.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized, and communication could get better- this would be fixed by more or somehow better utilization of support staff.


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people
    Understands the importance of a ‘normal’ life
    Never boring
    Great fun get to know everyone events

    Cons

    Management could be a little bit more organized

  3. "Better than most"

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    Current Employee - CG Artist
    Current Employee - CG Artist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    They pay OT, hourly, management is generally good, projects are mixed, but seem to be getting better. Multi-site pipeline good.

    Cons

    Some production staff are stress heads and aren't helpful.
    There tends to be a mantra that if you're not running around with your head cut off then you're not working hard enough, it's slowly changing.

    Advice to Management

    Work smart, not hard. Allow more time/resources for staff development or they will stagnate. Competition isn't only fierce for bids, it's equally fierce for good talent.


  4. "Facility Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Big kitchen, chef who cooks food for breakfast and lunch so it always smells nice.

    Cons

    Depending on where you are the seating arrangement is not ideal. Artist desks have no privacy, chairs and desks are of poor quality. No internet allowed. You'll have to bring a laptop and use wifi to get on the web. Limited bathroom space. Overall very uncomfortable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in real desks and better chairs for your artists. Find a secure wrapper for your email/internet so employees can have access to the internet through their workstations even if the access is limited.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Trendy environment and nice weather.

    Cons

    They exploit their internship program for free labor. AVOID.

    Advice to Management

    Be ethical. Stop exploiting young people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smaller company so better relations with people and management

    Cons

    disorganized and not willing to put cash down for better software and hardware when needed. Need bigger offices with better equipment.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Definitely not the best"

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    Former Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Compositor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place to start if you are looking to get some good experience in TV post or VFX.

    Cons

    The management has a motto of "last to hire and first to fire." This was to illustrate that they feel that they are one of the premiere VFX facilities. The only problem is...they are not. Furthermore even if they did have the best pipeline, talent, work, and salaries it is not how you want your artists (workforce) to feel. It certainly kills inspiration and drive.

    Advice to Management

    I do not feel that the management has any intention of changing their business model so further critique is unnecessary.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Comopsiting at Zoic"

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, in-house tools, company cares for employees and is genuinely interested in everyone being happy on the job, overtime is compensated at 1.5 rate.

    Cons

    Lack of clearly defined management hierarchy, general scheduling confusion, not enough leads to give advice, some VFX supervisors lack technical expertise, hectic bidding.

    Advice to Management

    Each project needs to have a lead compositor


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Lack of Structure"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lax work environment. You can wear anything you want to work. People there are pretty friendly. Somewhat of flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. CFO is very involved in all aspects of the Financials which usually affects the length of month end close. Lots of turn over within the Department because there is never any follow thru. Lots of projects get pushed and never finished. No consistency or communication within the team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fair company with good people"

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

    I have been working at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Collaboration
    Good perks - free food, etc.
    Nice people

    Cons

    Could benefit from more communication regarding company goals and future

    Advice to Management

    Good people. Willing to listen.


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