Oktobor Animation Reviews

Updated 24 Sep 2019

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  1. "Awesome times at Oktobor"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends

    I worked at Oktobor Animation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Oktobor was my first job in the animation industry; I began there as an intern straight from study. I have never learnt so much in my life. The artists and directors were always willing to bend over backwards to help and offer advice, and the passionate vibe for art and animation I felt in this place fuelled my desire to work in this industry. The work was challenging, but inspiring. I feel it has made me a stronger artist for sure. I got to practise my craft on cool, Emmy award winning shows, like the Penguins of Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. The producers and directors were always approachable, friendly, and willing to help out when necessary (shifting shots around to accommodate time off, etc) Great place for learning how to handle your time efficiently. Schedules are tight, and constant. The people gave the place such a cool atmosphere, and there were plenty of fun social events, like 'Oktoborfest'.

    Cons

    There are no benefits for contractors, like sick leave, holiday pay, etc.

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  2. "Good Project, Poor Salary"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - 3D Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oktobor Animation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have good project which is good for your demo reel.

    Cons

    Even experienced animators get low salary.


  3. "Good place"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oktobor Animation

    Pros

    creative. live. international. multi cultural

    Cons

    small income. busy. no sick leave.

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  4. "" Premature Death ""

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Auckland, Auckland
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oktobor Animation for more than a year

    Pros

    The hours were flexible. The company provided Friday night beverages and organised activities, and everyone was a joy to work with. There were some fun and challenging projects to work on as well, fueled by the unlimited supply of coffee from the expresso machine.

    Cons

    Company went through a transition and had to close its doors in Auckland, slave as it was to external contracts that had inevitably dried up.

  5. "Great place! Great People! Fun projects! Crap money."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oktobor Animation for less than a year

    Pros

    Really fun work environment and great people. This company was really striving to make fun and quality viewing that was enjoyable to work on. While deadlines were tight they still worked hard to create a fun and relaxed work environment for the staff and that showed in the work content.

    Cons

    Low pay rates. High work load, some shots are more complicated than others and therefore take longer to complete. No additional time is allowed though and unpaid overtime is pretty common if you want to keep the shots. All staff were on contract, this means no benifits. No paid days off or sick leave, if you don't come to work you simply don't get paid.

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  6. "Great experience in different country"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - 3D Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oktobor Animation for more than a year

    Pros

    experience, freedom, good work, nice peers

    Cons

    pay rate, no overtime, no benefits

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Animation studio with great projects and a talented crew."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Auckland, Auckland

    I worked at Oktobor Animation for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun work environment and management that is easy to work with and communicates well. Driven to improve the studio's quality of work and culture. Team building events and meetings keep staff up to date on company activities. The organized scheduling of tasks was well appreciated.

    Cons

    Oktobor is a good place to gain experience but lacks room to grow. Limited resources at times with lack of work on original properties.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent first Job"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great atmosphere, and environment to work and continue to learn -Friendly, and talented artists, always happy to help -Internationally recognised, and fun projects to work on -Flexible working hours -Nice kitchen/Common areas

    Cons

    -No paid overtime, with large quotas, tight deadlines and high standards expected I have seen many artists working overtime for no pay just to finish their work -No holidays or sick leave -Low wages

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  9. "Oktobor Animation gave me a fair fighting chance to prove myself as an Animator!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - 3D Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oktobor Animation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Oktobor Animation was my first job in the Animation industry, and they gave me a fair fighting chance to prove myself as an Animator. Before being hired by Oktobor Animation, I was a student at Animation Mentor, and from what they taught and described as your daily agenda as an animator, Oktobor Animation’s pipeline fit the description perfectly. We were not expected to deal with any technical issues with our shots. I was there to animate and was expected to do just that. The most rewarding feeling for me every day at Oktobor was that I felt creatively challenged every day and most days overcame the particular obstacle in the shot I was working on.

    Cons

    All and all I felt my producer and assistant and directors were very approachable. Some times (especially in the beginning) I felt it was hard to ask questions of your director especially because the work load they had. However if I ever had any issue with possibly not meeting deadlines or having to take time off I was always taken care of quickly.

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  10. "Loved my time here!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - 3D Animator in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oktobor Animation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Oktobor offers a fantastic learning environment. Artists are given the opportunity to work on both fun and challenging projects that promote the artist to improve in skill, efficiency, and time management. The company has an abundance of fun and talented artists/ and directors who are only too eager to share their time and knowledge. Whilst scheduling is always tight, the producers always strive to improve this. Oktobor has a great atmosphere, and regularly schedules fun social events. Free coffee and beer.

    Cons

    There are no benefits for contractors (not uncommon in this industry), and the tight schedules unfortunately means that if one mismanages their time the unforgiving workload will get the better of them.

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