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Updated 10 May 2018
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  • pay does not keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living in the bay area (in 6 reviews)

  • Doesn't keep up with cost of living in San Francisco (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - VFX Production Coordinator in London, England
    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 (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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Good company for cv"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  4. "Awesome place to wotk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the most talented and creative people you've ever met

    Cons

    Salary a little on the low side.
    Hard to get a full time position these days

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your talent


  5. "VFX Artist"

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    Current Employee - Senior FX Technical Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior FX Technical Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highest caliber of talent and professionalism. Lots of knowledge sharing. Coolest projects. Great location.

    Cons

    Unstable industry. Large amounts of overtime. Work going overseas. Quantity starting to take precedence over quality.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money on improving infrastructure and workflows.


  6. "Industrial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very nice place to work

    Cons

    Very crowd and hard to work sometimes


  7. "Good people, good projects, good culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Creature Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Creature Technical Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work at ILM 1year and a half. I loved it. I was in the creature department. I come more from a rigging background but I love Zeno, the soft for doing simulation. The first 3 months were really confusing, but the community around Zeno at ILM in all the different facilities is huge and made my life easier.
    You have a good perspective career if you stay and if you prove you are good and willing to not have a good pay.

    Cons

    Average pay, they play with the fact a lot of people wants to come.
    Lot of overtime but it's common in the VFX

    Advice to Management

    give a better raise to your artists if you value them. Try harder to keep them or people like me who love the company will leave again and again.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It's not worth it, go somewhere else for more money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Some of the projects are good
    - There is a gym
    - There are some cool people to work with
    - There is free food and drinks sometimes
    - You get to see crew screenings of movies for free

    Cons

    - You get harassed by junkies and homeless people right outside of the office
    - There is a LOT of overtime on every project and it's still getting worse
    - People from other studios are hired for lead or supervisor jobs instead of promoting people already there
    - There are a lot of double standards:
    1. Friends of management can say and do things other people would get fired for
    2. Women bad at their jobs will get a different position or a promotion and keep getting paid to do a bad job, but men would get fired for the same thing
    3. If you aren't friends with management or the right supervisors you don't work on the best projects or get good shots or get promoted even if you are talented

    Advice to Management

    - Get rid of the people there because of favoritism and politics and get rid of the management and supervisors doing that
    - Promote more people already working there instead of strangers from other studios
    - Fix how much overtime everyone has to work on every project


  9. "Best CGI company"

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    Former Employee - Compositor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Compositor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has some of the best people in the business, and despite what you know, there is always someone who you can learn from.

    Cons

    End of project crunch times can be quiet demanding.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SG Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Its really a good place to learn and some good projects to work on.

    Cons

    Wages are not fairly equal paid. And it can be very stressful at times.


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