Industrial Light & Magic Employee Reviews about "long hours"

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  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

  • "Great people, talented artists, high end projects(in 9 reviews)

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  • "It's long hours, but we all know what we are getting into(in 8 reviews)

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

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great pleace to work, but they work you hard

      Jul 20, 2020 - Mid Compositor in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing work and amazing people

      Cons

      Long hours and lots of overtime

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Could be great if work/ life balance was improved

      Jan 23, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
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      Pros

      - nice & respectful coworkers - interesting work

      Cons

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

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing office for film buffs - plenty of talented colleagues

      Aug 18, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

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

      Mar 1, 2019 - CG Artist in San Francisco, CA
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      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 pay attention to your suggestions or feedback. Salaries are awful no work-life balance in San Francisco, the most expensive city in the world. The work is now done in Vancouver mostly, San Francisco only gets the left-overs Not a healthy competition environment. Trying to save money they turned the work areas into a homeless camp.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Visual Effects Producer

      Dec 4, 2016 - VFX Producer in Oakland, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment, great co-workers, creative environment, good salary, big budget visual effects projects, collaborating with Hollywood A-List Directors and Producers, travel to locations.

      Cons

      The big budget projects involve long hours (average 50-60 hours per week), that often create stressful work schedules that are complicated by low budgets and combative "studio suits."

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    6. 1.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Great place to work? Only if you have no family/life outside of work.

      Mar 5, 2015 - Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice facility. Good projects if you are at the point in your career if you need that stuff for your reel. Good for single people.

      Cons

      Location isn't great. The Presidio is a beautiful park, but its too bad that ILM didn't decide to stay in Marin County. Transit connections is restricted to Presidigo buses to downtown which can take up to an hour to get to a BART train. Traffic is a nightmare in the morning if you are north of San Rafael or have to cross the city. Severe lack of parking at the facility lately. Rent/cost of living in the area is excessive, a studio apartment that is walking distance to ILM is $3000-4000/mo. Corporate Housing and Long term housing in the area is around $3000 a month. Keep this in mind if you come in on a short contract, they will pay for housing if you push for it. Unlike other tech/media companies, Lucasfilm/ILM wages are generally much lower than some of the dot coms and media firms in the area. However VFX wise there isn't many options at all. Pay is OK on contract, on short contracts you can usually get a much better rate, and typically they are short staffed all the time that you'll be extended a few times at a higher rate. In some cases the contractors are making 1.5-2x the hourly rate of the staff guys sitting next to them. The hours lately are dreadful. 72-80 hour weeks are normal these days as schedules to finish projects are reduced to 3-4 months. Yes there is an on site day care, gym and food, but keep in mind you'll be practically living at your desk around the clock. Advancement can be difficult, I've seen talent slip through their fingers time and time again, mostly due to timing. Someone who was a wizard at a competitor becomes a button pusher at ILM for 3 months then they move on to something a bit more challenging. Personal story, my car pool friends are fried from the long hours. As in forgetting to put the trash out weeks on end, and not taking care of themselves. One friend gained 30 lbs on one movie. Management doesn't care as long as the deadlines are hit. Department feedback/communication is horrible. Doing a good job/bad job? You never know. No news is good news I guess?

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      9 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great people, tough industry

      Apr 12, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The culture at ILM is great--with smart, engaged, responsible people working together for success The bosses are impressive at communicating what's going on, and getting everyone striving together.

      Cons

      The visual effects business is tough, and that often translates to long hours, teams that are too small for the work, and steep career paths.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A great place to work among smart and respectful professionals

      Feb 23, 2013 - Compositor in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      High quality work and opportunities to make beautiful images

      Cons

      Long hours but at least they provide meals

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      2 people found this review helpful
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