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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated 17 Jun 2019

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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
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Pros
  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

  • "Its really a good place to learn and some good projects to work on(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change(in 12 reviews)

  • "I don't think they get the same standard of training as San Francisco(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Could be great if work/ life balance was improved"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - nice & respectful coworkers - interesting work

    Cons

    - Long hours - Terrible benefits (for UK staff) - Progression is difficult

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-23
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Looking for a job in IT?... Well keep on looking just DONT apply here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Disney perks and nothing else but i have to meet the 5 work minimum

    Cons

    Very poor management, they just dont care

    Advice to Management

    fix up...................................... simple

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-11-06
  3. Helpful (10)

    "If you're looking for IT work.. AVOID"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious company, some nice little perks (swag, screenings), some great clever people

    Cons

    Awful micromanaging management, Poor work environment, utter absence of respect for staff, constant failed promises that things will improve, huge conflicts of ego and nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, hard look at how your IT is managed, listen to the feedback from your staff, work harder to give staff a reason to stay (20 days holiday & a barebones benefits package, really?), follow through on plans and projects PROPERLY, rather than leaving everything held together with string, most importantly, remove the micromanagement.

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-01-04
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - VFX Production Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented artists (for the most part).

    Cons

    Insane hours, zero staff appreciation, poorly managed, a lot of egos, very corporate atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    7 day weeks and 12+ hour days should not be considered as normal regardless of client commitments and looming deliveries. Creative leads need to be managed correctly which in turn will reduce pressure on artists and production.

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-10-19
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good company for cv"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

      Pros

      Good projects and amazing people

      Cons

      Bad management, low salary and low expectations about keepping the job

      Industrial Light & Magic2015-09-21
    • "I actually quite like this place"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      I've been around the block and I like ILM a lot because it is much more well-oiled in process. You have to learn a bit quick the processes, but this place has been good to me and building up my career. Senior leadership trained me well, and now I feel more than prepared to do anything and capable as an artist. Benefits are really nice and they pay for OT. All the medical, 401K is good, when you first receive vacation...

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      Cons

      I'm a bit concerned with the studios in Vancouver, London, and Singapore. I don't think they get the same standard of training as San Francisco. Sometimes jobs are so bad, they always come back to San Francisco. Training and leadership (maybe incentive for SF members to move to other places?) I think is definitely needed. I got hired at the cusp of Disney buying Lucasfilm. I know this place was ran a little differently...

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      Advice to Management

      Training is not equal across the board.

      Industrial Light & Magic2019-06-17
    • Helpful (3)

      "Under appreciated"

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      Current Employee - Production Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      The caliber of the people working there is high. ILM is the best at what it does!

      Cons

      There is HIGH turnover in production. The salaries are laughably low and coordinators are underappreciated in general. You have to leave the company and return if you want to get promoted beyond Coordinator.

      Advice to Management

      There is zero focus on retention.

      Industrial Light & Magic2019-06-10
    • "Had a great time"

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      Former Employee - Junior Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Working on the biggest/best projects in the entertainment industry, all of the time.

      Cons

      Chose to leave after seeing layoffs, at the same time we were hearing we'd made record earnings on films. All of the work is being outsourced.

      Advice to Management

      Fairer pay for Jr artists that live in the area, keep work in the Bay, otherwise management is pretty awesome.

      Industrial Light & Magic2019-06-14
    • Helpful (6)

      "Magic is gone"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Working with some great people who bring their talent to a company that sorely lacks respect for it.

      Cons

      Everything. Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change. Horrible deadlines and under-bid shows that cause unmanageable chaos. Clients are verbally abusive and disrespectful to the artists making their films and ILM does NOTHING ... because clients are money. So, minimize the employees and ignore them, clients are all that matters no matter how crazy, incompetant or rude they are. ILM has...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees and make the changes that enable ILM to adapt to how these shows are done now. Treat your staff with respect. They don't want donuts for doing a good job and long hours, they want raises and work/life balance in reward for their skills.

      Industrial Light & Magic2019-05-21
    • Helpful (5)

      "Game of Thrones in here, you will be stabbed in the back..."

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      Former Employee - CG Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      The story of this place and the people that started everything is so inspiring.

      Cons

      No morale No culture anymore, it's turning into a production line Long hours You will get emails about how the company is thriving, how successful the projects are thanks to you, but you will no get bonuses anymore. A promotion is just impossible, Managers don't really pay attention to who is who, they usually promote the whiners and not the most talented or hard workers. If you are not a supervisor nobody will...

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      Advice to Management

      You are losing people because of the lack of morale, the micromanagement is also killing the passion. Listen to your employees, make managers understand everyone's level so you can promote people in a fair way , they are moire like "bosses" than leaders. Reward people, they are your company! Trying to save money hiring Jr's is not smart, you are losing Senior artist that now are leaving your company and will eventually...

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      Industrial Light & Magic2019-03-01
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