CGT has this no bidding freelance platform that Is wonderfully market to 3D designers on their website. I tried it for a while despite a ton of negative reviews everywhere on the internet. This is because I generally believe in trying things out myself. It is however the complete opposite of what they market. Calling the whole platform horrible is an understatement.
To begin with, the pay is very very low. Dismal at best. A large percentage of 3D artists are from first world countries like Ukraine where the 20$ average pay per model is a daily budget for coffee. The pay will not even pay for your software and hardware let alone pay your bills. A no skill job like transcription would pay better.
The other issue is models getting stuck in Q/A for a solid 3-5 business days. During this time you cannot take up another job. if a model goes for two rounds of review then that's more than 2 weeks on a 20$ task that should have taken a day.
The Q/A requirements are very high and picky. The Q/A guys nit pick on every detail. You would need to be incredibly skilled just to get your job approved. You will also spend a lot of time adding very minor details to models. The briefs are also quite ambiguous and this further worsens the issue. If you can manage to successfully get a model through Q/A then you are definitely wasting your time here. You should be working at Epic Games for 100s of times better pay that matches the quality requirements. I am not even kidding.
They also have a very frustrating automatic model checker. The checker gives 3 errors at a time. That means you will get new errors when you solve the first 3. The damn checker takes between 13 mins and a whole hour to process the upload. You can spend a whole day just troubleshooting the automatic checker.
The system also does not dynamically increase prices of models. I mean it only makes sense to bump up the price of a model when it's been collecting dust on freelancers dashboards for more than a month. Just to put things in context, about 80% of the models that were there when my account was approved, were still there when I abandoned it 2 months later.
Those are the issues I had at my finger tips. There are way more. and I mean waaay more issues with the platform. Apparently, it is in and has been in Beta mode for years, but that still barely explains its unfathomable mediocrity.
So WHY did I write this review? This is to save 3D artists time. I wasted like 2 months of my valuable time testing it out. [I could not find a detailed review of exactly what happens]
So WHO is CGT wildcat for? Nobody... If you're a beginner then I doubt your model will even get through the first round of review. If you're experienced then you can make waaay more elsewhere with a better working environment. If you're desperate for money just get a transcription or captioning job. No skill requirement, no hardware requirements.
I hope another company like TurboSquid takes up this idea and implements it well.