Zoic Reviews

Updated 5 Jun 2020

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3.8
83%
Recommend to a Friend
58%
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11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff and employees are talented and great people to work with(in 9 reviews)

  • "Free food (Fully stocked kitchen)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "TV dead lines with tight turn around times(in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Nice people, fun atmosphere."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFX Supervisor in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Talented and motivated employees that keep coming back.

    Cons

    Small budgets, quite a few contract employees.

  2. "Outstanding Big Little Studio in LA"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing artists, outstanding production team, excellent HOP, positive executives. Feels like a little family - finding solutions together, sharing in chaos, not perfect, aware of their flaws and actively tries to makes things better. Very diverse array of content - really cool shows- not all great, some are a grind but enough fat on the fun bone to go around. Free delicious food certain days of the week. Tasty donuts. Lovely gifts to the studio periodically. Depending on scope of show had a good work life balance for the most part - not always easy to attain. Overly one the best experiences I've had in long time.

    Cons

    Need to communicate contracts lengths sooner. Competitive wages can be a sore spot. Load balancing shows needs to be finessed.

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  3. "n"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    good company - nothing bad

    Cons

    none at all i can think of.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Get in and get out quick. Exploit those who exploits you."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Friendly work environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The supervisors were knowledgeable and professional. The facilities were fantastic, paid OT meals and snacks on the regular.

    Cons

    I haven’t seen the new floor they moved to (within the same building), but when I worked there it felt a bit too dark at times. Not enough windows. Kitchen was way too small.

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  6. "Great place to work and a fun atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zoic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun projects. Fun people. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Sometimes they lean on overtime being the answer instead of having an adequate team size. Can easily get burnt out and overloaded.

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  7. Helpful (1)

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

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Business support"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Free food (Fully stocked kitchen) Monthly food parties Christmas gift board game socials occasionally Salaries decent only if you're at the top of the food chain High end TV shows to work on Location close to skytrain station in downtown

    Cons

    - Not enough team bonding events/socials - teams departments work in silos - Company is relatively cheap - no monthies videos to show work done so far - Lack of leadership - no benefits for contract employees

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  9. "Anonymous"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  10. "Great studio"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Zoic full-time

    Pros

    Various projects, great team, great environment

    Cons

    Tight deadlines for TV work, lots of crunch time

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