Lucasfilm Employee Reviews about "star wars"

Updated 3 Mar 2018

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39 Ratings
Pros
  • "A chance to touch Star Wars is fantastic(in 18 reviews)

  • "Mostly great people to work with(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, little chance of advancement, shrinking margins for revenue and regular cycles of artist layoffs as work ebbs and flows(in 12 reviews)

  • "In the process of becoming a true movie studio again, there are some growing pains in regards to upper management(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for, especially if you're a Star Wars fan."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Nicasio, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of Star Wars swag, opportunity to work with some of the best in the biz, beautiful offices, generous xmas gifts, cool company parties

    Cons

    Some Difficult personalities, long hours, and major egos, kinda low pay compared to other companies within the industry. Can be competitive between coworkers

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Ride"

    5.0
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    Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    Note that I'm giving this review for pre-Disney Lucasfilm, as I left around the time that Disney was starting to make changes to the culture of Lucasfilm - Great Work/Life Balance - Mostly great upper management - Great Benefits - Fabulous campus, access to parks/bridge/Marina - Great Classes and company-sponsored events

    Cons

    - Less pay than peers, as they feel they are compensating you with the glory of working for Star Wars - Absolute pain to commute there. Build a subway from downtown already! - Not a lot of parking - Now owned by Disney, which is slaughtering the benefits and "small company" feel - If you work for ILM as an artist, then the hours can be terrible.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Work with talented, passionate, decent, fun people creating amazing images."

    4.0
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    Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    Be a part of the Star Wars empire. Work on big-budget Hollywood eye-candy. Make millions of movie-goers all over the world say, "Wow!" Innovate; figure out ways of doing things no one else in the world can do. Work with talented, passionate, decent, fun people creating amazing images. Work with people who have mysterious hidden talents. Work with people who make you look good; who wouldn't stand on the shoulders of giants! The best Halloween party. Great location. Free movie screenings. Eat lunch at Skywalker Ranch.

    Cons

    Working on lousy films. Working under intense pressure. No equity, mediocre pay. Confused agenda for the future. Games.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "character technical director"

    4.0
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    Character Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    star wars is challenging to work on

    Cons

    open campus, lots of room for anyone to just walk on it

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  5. "Was one heck of a ride..."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Not Needed in South San Francisco, CA
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing & talented team. Got to work on Star Wars.

    Cons

    Bad upper management decisions lead to its ultimate demise.

  6. "QA Tester"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, good, passionate people, Star Wars

    Cons

    lots of work and grueling hours, worth it!

  7. "A powerhouse of talent and passion, anchored by slow decision making."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    During my time at LucasArts, I worked with some of the most talented folks of my career. The environment was nurturing and encouraging. My career path was self determined, and supported. We had great teams, passionate about making quality games. I made some of the closest friends of my life during my time at LucasArts, and was probably the best job I've ever had.

    Cons

    Upper management's decision making was puzzling, and unnecessarily slow. Some questionable games would flounder for years before being scuttled. Solid strategy and planning were nowhere to be found, often demoralizing development teams. There were tons of great new IP that would get shelved in favor of Star Wars, which was clearly becoming the only IP they were interested in pursuing.

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  8. "Amazing"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Top notch colleagues, offices, and work all associated with the Lucasfilm franchises of Star Wars and Indiana Jones! True small company, family atmosphere.

    Cons

    No equity compensation but that is made up for by a higher base salary.

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  9. "Casual work environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    Beautiful place to be working. Even if you are not a hardcore Star Wars geek, you will enjoy working here.

    Cons

    The location is somewhat isolated. IP is taken very seriously, so employees always have to be careful what they say.

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Management doesn't understand how things actually work"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can work next to or supporting some of the best artists in the world. The level of quality that comes out in every movie is inspiring. The majority of people are very friendly and nice. I always had the sense that people cared about my well being like a family. Some of the projects that you work on will truly push the boundaries of what you can do, but those are very, very rare. You can learn many things about the history of VFX since it honestly started there. Talking to people like John Knoll or some of the original Star Wars people is just a blast and is very interesting. The majority of the company is just a fan of what they do and that makes it fun.

    Cons

    Management will make changes in a recurring cycle in a way that shows they don't know how their company actually operates or where the money is going. It happens about every two years and typically involves the desire to drastically change how things are done. This approach is very disruptive and distracts the employees from fine tuning what they do better than anyone else - VFX. Management rarely listens to advice based on cost or ROI or any kind of analysis. It could be about ego, but I never felt that way. Not sure why they wouldn't listen. There is no career path. They don't know how to properly implement technology, even after hiring experienced Silicon Valley employees with solid ideas. They let them all go or forced them out. Disney cut deep and they are there for the IP. Can't argue with them. Most of the blame for where ILM will go has to fall on ILM leadership, though. Like someone else mentioned, don't hire your friends. The people responsible for hiring their friends won't ever own up the results of doing that, which is also a major, major problem there. Ownership and accountability. It's avoided like the plague.

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