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Pros
  • "great people, great work, lots of potential for growth if they manage the place right" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Take very good care when they bring you to New Zealand" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, especially around deadlines" (in 14 reviews)

  • "The worst pipeline in the history of VFX, terrible management, no benefits , no holiday pay, no sick leave" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Paid Lunch Break. Good salary. Beer O'clock

    Cons

    Some people like animators work too many hours.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Animator"

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

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    Tell PJ to stop treating animators like uncreative, button pushers! Try listening to creative team!
    Support your animators and acknowledge that most animation is not mo Capped!
    Pay creatives what they are worth!

  3. Helpful (15)

    "Going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weta Digital full-time

    Pros

    Get paid for overtime
    Food provided for overtime workers
    High profile projects

    Cons

    Expected to work overtime constantly for months during a project
    Little care for people's health and well-being in spite of company policies
    Severe shortage of accommodation in city, assumed you'll share housing if single
    Every project like starting at a new company
    Politics and interdepartmental bickering has become ridiculous
    Often incredibly disorganised
    Lack of QC from one department to another
    Now hiring leads and supervisors incapable of doing their jobs to a good standard
    Little loyalty to staff
    Pennypinching with staff pay and project budgets to increase profit margins
    HR unprofessional
    Wellington a surprisingly expensive city to live in
    No sick pay, no holiday pay

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, your company has become a factory where staff are pushed to the brink of severe mental and physical exhaustion to meet deadlines. Deterioration of their health is clearly unimportant if it interferes with the delivery of your projects. This is in spite of your policies which have very obviously been put in place for the company's benefit, not the staff.

    Stop taking on more work than you know you can accommodate or staff your projects adequately so people aren't forced to work themselves into an early grave to increase profit margins. A hospital bed isn't a holiday.

    Show some appreciation to staff who work hard and deliver.


  4. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - ATD in Wellington, 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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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


  6. Helpful (10)

    "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


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Living in middle earth"

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    Current Employee - Production in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Production in Wellington, 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.

  8. "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.


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

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    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Wellington, 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.


  10. "VFX Artist"

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    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Wellington, Wellington (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great Relocation benefits
    - Super friendly Staff

    Cons

    - Small city
    - Not very much going on in the city

    Advice to Management

    - can sometimes feel a bit hectic