Lucasfilm Employee Reviews about "star wars"

Updated 3 Mar 2018

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

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

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

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The Rebels that became the Empire"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    . The love of Star Wars. . The company has written some of the most glorious pages in the history of entertainment and many of the legendary storytellers and artifacts are still there on display. It's like stepping into a childhood dream or a fascinating museum. . Some of the most talented, passionate, dedicated, brilliant professionals in the business work there.

    Cons

    . The company has lost its identity-which used to be one of the most unique and profound ones in the world: An alternative to industrial, Hollywood filmmaking that ended up creatively rejuvenating and technologically innovating cinema for decades. Now it's almost entirely about milking Star Wars. . Extremely long, intense hours. Unnecessarily and counterproductively so. But management has little interest in making conditions sustainable even when solutions are within reach. Instead, they have no qualms about burning employees out and replacing them with an abundance of artists who love the franchise and want the job. . Dictatorial, highly political, passive aggressive culture who value submissiveness well above candor and constructive feedback, or even competence. Management are deaf to their employees' concerns and suggestions. As a result they forego golden opportunities for improvement, accumulate problems that, for now, are only masked by the franchise's glamour, and lose high caliber talent. . The show-runner is notorious for shouting at and mocking the artists, both publicly and privately. He pits employees against each other in competition, rather than cultivate support and collaboration, which severely strains workplace relationships. . Little prospect for career growth. Rarely promoting from within. . Low salaries. And let's not forget their participation in the wage fixing scandal that robbed employees for over a decade. . All their eggs are in Star Wars. If at any point the franchise loses its lucrativeness-which is likely given how they saturate the market and often handle it poorly-I would imagine they'd be in trouble.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great projects, management is okay"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful, great-looking projects. A chance to touch Star Wars is fantastic.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate well with workers.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Milking the Cow"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    You get to work on Star Wars.

    Cons

    There is not much else creatively but Star Wars.

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  4. Helpful (3)

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

    4.0
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    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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  5. "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!

  6. 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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  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Resume fodder for all levels of employees - including company presidents."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Working with renown Lucasfilm properties (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Full throttle, Sam and Max, Star Wars, Clone Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.). - Office campus location. - Extremely talented, creative people. - Movie, game, and swag perks.

    Cons

    - Low pay. - Poor retention of talent. - Poorly managed product development schedules (planning unrealistic time frames with 60+ hour weeks expected/accepted, planning to fail to meet deadlines/criteria). - Fear of confrontation allows unproductive employees to be shuffled between teams, indefinitely. - Too many meetings interrupt workflow (no work gets done because teams are continuously in meetings discussing how much work needs to get done). - Managers are unavailable because they are in meetings. Subordinates are forced to run the departments and make decisions to avoid prolonged downtime, then explain (email) to manager what their department is doing. - Constant miscommunication between internal & external teams, management, senior management, etc. - Time consuming employee appraisals/evaluations which have no apparent relation to merit increases (5-25 cents per hour pay increase, every few years). - Length of job title and responsibilities increase quickly, but pay does not. - "Who's President this week?"

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  9. 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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  10. Helpful (1)

    "The Disney acquisition has created a tough environment; future remains unclear."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has an incredible legacy to uphold; Star Wars is a tough IP to beat. ILM and Skywalker Sound are the best in the business.

    Cons

    Leadership is overtaxed with a difficult acquisition by Disney, and it's difficult to see if and how it will weather the storm.

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