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Zoic Reviews

Updated Dec 3, 2019

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3.5
74%
Recommend to a Friend
36%
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10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff and employees are talented and great people to work with(in 9 reviews)

  • "Cool office in Gastown with free food & drinks(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Mostly contract work with no benefits(in 3 reviews)

  • "There's also no internet connectivity, which makes it difficult to load textures, images, plugins or reference footage(in 3 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic part-time for 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.

    Zoic2016-10-17
  2. "n"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    good company - nothing bad

    Cons

    none at all i can think of.

    Zoic2019-11-25
  3. "Get in and get out quick. Exploit those who exploits you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zoic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great looking facility with stocked kitchen and occasional free food during lunch. Fellow co-workers in the trenches are what made everything possible. Pay checks are on time.

    Cons

    They will penny pinch you and take every advantage of you. If you're relatively new or short on experience, they will exploit that fully by underpay you and throw you more responsibilities than what your job title says. It's another reason why the quality of their work could never break through a certain level. Once young talents are trained up, they find the first chance to get out. Most of the work force is comprised of Jr talents with very few Sr level leads that are very well compensated. They will send you home for half a day and tell you to come back in the afternoon just so they can get away with not paying you for 4 hours. I've seen young artists who traversed from afar, just to be sent home and asked to come back later so it won't hit their books. Of the very few staff artists that were on staff, many were also asked to go on vacation during slow season even when they had already exhausted the measly number of vacation days that was provided to them. Many end up taking unpaid vacations. Which they would deny and called it voluntary. They seem to have very little to no artists on staff and mostly rely on heavy freelancing. Very often they would put you on hold for a very short period of time (few days or few short weeks if even) and every chance they get, they'll send you home if you have a few hours of spare time to save money. Several co-owners here, but many look down on you. Some of the things you hear in the hallway, and the way people are treated by some of the co-owners would make normal HR cringe. But don't let their HR fool you, they're nice with a friendly smile, but have no real HR training, they're mostly there to get by and process paper work and payroll. If any quality come out of any work, they're mainly being done by the on-the-box leads, but credits are claimed by their co-owners. My advice is, get in and get out quick. If you're relatively new to the industry. They will give you a chance, but they will exploit you. But also take this opportunity and exploit them too. Once experience is gained, get out and find something/somewhere better. it's hard enough to find steady work in LA, but they are still out there. Many will treat you better. If only they will invest in its people, imagine what quality of work it can achieve. Instead, they'll never be able to retain talent and will never be able to do any real high end work.

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    Zoic2019-12-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cool place to work, not really a typical tech environment"

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    Former Employee - Pipeline Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -wonderful coworkers (especially the pipeline manager - terrific boss), cool office space (lots of cutting edge tech lying around) -helpful, attentive, patient managers -taquito thursdays, homemade guac -valet

    Cons

    -not a great benefits package (only a few sick days, very limited PTO) compared to other technology jobs -not very well organized in general

    Zoic2019-01-09
  5. "Anonymous"

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    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

    Zoic2018-09-17
  6. "Better than most"

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    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.

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    Zoic2017-07-29
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Facility Issues"

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    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.

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    Zoic2017-04-10
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Intern"

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    I worked at Zoic

    Pros

    Trendy environment and nice weather.

    Cons

    They exploit their internship program for free labor. AVOID.

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    Zoic2017-01-24
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganised"

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     in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic for 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.

    Zoic2016-10-20
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Definitely not the best"

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

    I worked at Zoic for 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.

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    Zoic2016-06-12
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