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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated 9 de Oct 2019

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3.2
43%
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33%
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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
50 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change(in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Protect Artists, Not Toxic Supervisors"

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    Former Employee - Animator in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    - Very talented team with some of the most experienced people in the business. When there's challenging work, there's lots of opportunity to learn from them and grow as an artist.- Reasonably laid back working style. There's not a lot of pressure forcing artists to work unpaid overtime during the weekdays. Weekend work can be necessary during crunch time but the artists are always given the choice of saying no... if they have other commitments. - HR is helpful and understanding if there are personal issues interfering with work. - Nice facilities including bicycle parking and showers with fresh towels. Very useful for people commuting with bicycle or going to the gym before or after work. - Better pay compared to other VFX Facilities in London.

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    Cons

    - While most of the team consists of friendly people who are great to work with, the occasional toxic personality can really bring the entire morale down. Especially when it's a supervisor who has been complained about to the HR multiple times and the company has chosen not to take any action against. It's very discourging to see decent and talented artists being subjected to abusive and condescending behaviour, not... being protected by the employer and leaving the company or refusing to return at a later time, as a result. A company of this size and reputation should protect its employees over a single individual no matter how "important" they might be. - Little to no job security. They are unable to compete with other VFX vendors in London and cannot get decent amount of quality work as a result. And this means lots of people being let go on the regular. Unfortunately ILM has become very unreliable for artists who want to have a stable and reliable income.  - Bad management of projects causing financial loss on the regular, which in turn means Christmas bonuses are cancelled. It would be hard to complain about this, considering it's just a nice gesture and not promised or guaranteed. But it's incredibly frustrating when you're being bombarded by coorporate Disney about how amazing the company is doing, while artists are not only not being rewarded for their hardwork but are also in risk of losing their jobs. It feels like a slap in the face when the big boss gets a yearly bonus that could pay everyone's salaries for a decade.

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    Advice to Management

    Protect employees over management. Figure out a way to get more efficient and competetive and bring more work in London.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-18
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Alright company but London doesn't have the ILM culture"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great artists, amazin talents. If you like franchises, really good projects Good for the CV Good salaries There is a will to change things, but things take very long to materialise Some good Disney benefits (free parks entries)

    Cons

    old pipeline artist management is not great contract renewal usually done at the last minute London office doesn't get the same benefits as SF, ILM SF has a long VFX culture that didn't not reach London. uneven quality of supervisors, some are great some are bad They struggle to get new work, which resulted on a massive wave of lay off. More and more work is sent to 3rd party companies. No much space to grow,... limited career development.

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    Advice to Management

    There is work in modernising the pipeline but this is moving too slowly. ILM has to find a way to be more competitive. Maybe reduce the number of supervisor, streamline some departments, be more agile with the artists. Be more reactive, everything moves too slowly.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-12
  3. "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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (13)

    "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
  7. Helpful (7)

    "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
  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - VFX Production Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits, Disney benefits.

    Cons

    So much overtime. Poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Terrible leadership.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-08-30
  9. "Amazing office for film buffs - plenty of talented colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with motivated, talented super smart colleagues on blockbuster movies. Drink coffee with supervisors who have won multiple Oscars

    Cons

    It's long hours, but we all know what we are getting into.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-08-18
  10. "I want to develop my knowledge and personal life"

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    Former Employee - Roto Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job secure then there have much more technical knowledges

    Cons

    Always i will do to complete challenging work then only develop my knowledge so always i would like it

    Advice to Management

    Give me chance for pour people working to abroad then only develop knowledge and Telnet carrier

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-08-16
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