Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2021

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Industrial Light & Magic President and General Manager Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

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

  • Cons
  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Very good

      Jun 26, 2021 - VFX Artist in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      Best office of students fo work

      Cons

      Very good office no cons at office

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee

      ILM? More like ILMN, the N stands for Nepotism

      Aug 11, 2021 - VFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      This text field required me to write at least five words so I am writing this sentence because the only thing I really want to put here is Good Benefits.

      Cons

      In all my years I have never seen such a complete saturation of unqualified leaders. It starts with the worst unknowledgeable biased managers who only promote based on their personal friendships while having no knowledge of the industry or the practical side of the work itself in order to be able to judge what is going on in the departments. The only way you can progress your career at this company is if you suck up to a few particular people. Quality work does not get you anywhere, talk does. As a result you end up with only talkers in leadership positions. The vast majority (9/10) are completely unqualified as leaders, extremely insecure about their decisions so they are incapable of compromise and extremely fast to blame others for their failures. All they know is how to talk and these god awful managers love it and equate the loudest voices with the most expertise. I have got almost 25 years of experience in this industry and this company is by far the worst I have come across. It's not even close to any others. Every single reasonable person has left this company. They don't last long because they quickly get fed up with the environment and politics. As a result there is this pure environment of only people who fit the above description. People here all think they are special because they are at ILM. I have never seen any company with egos as big as the ones of the leaders here. The more you talk the more you are in the running to get promoted. There are people who get 1-2 promotions each year while others have to wait many years for even one. Quality is irrelevant. You have to see it to believe it. By far the worst company in this industry.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Fun company to work for

      Aug 25, 2020 - Pipeline Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Industrial light and magic make the prettiest pixels

      Cons

      Work life balance can be difficult

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      From best to worst

      May 17, 2020 - Generalist in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Nice facility. People love to complain about the pipeline, but it isn't bad compare to other companies.

      Cons

      Too political, you need to be friend with specific beer/cigarette people to be listened to or have a good shot. They hire vfx sup and cgsup from outside. Those people refuse to adapt and destroy what was making ILM sucessful. Like this horrible VFXSup from Method studio... Lots of people left the company because of him. A terrible eye, attitude, and high insecurity. Still at ILM ... Also, low salary.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work

      Aug 29, 2019 - VFX Production Assistant in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Good health benefits, Disney benefits.

      Cons

      So much overtime. Poor management.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      I want to develop my knowledge and personal life

      Aug 16, 2019 - Roto Artist in Vancouver, BC
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      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

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Magic is gone

      May 21, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Working with some great people who bring their talent to a company that sorely lacks respect for it.

      Cons

      Everything. Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change. Horrible deadlines and under-bid shows that cause unmanageable chaos. Clients are verbally abusive and disrespectful to the artists making their films and ILM does NOTHING ... because clients are money. So, minimize the employees and ignore them, clients are all that matters no matter how crazy, incompetant or rude they are. ILM has become a shadow of itself, favoring clients who meddle with pixels over and over and over until the artists lose their families, health and sanity from being overworked. ILM is just another failed VFX house propping up a broken industry enabling hack filmmakers who have no idea what they are doing and unable to allow VFX artists to do their best work because they are micromanaged into oblivion.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not great - lost any sense of "magic" left

      Feb 15, 2019 - Senior Creature Developer in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Not challenging, little overtime, good perks from Disney, working with some of the best people in the industry

      Cons

      Not challenging. Even if you're senior, you'll mostly get junior work when you start. Managers can be very impersonal. No chance for advancement. Embarrassingly low wages, and they'll expect you to still be able to take lots of time off between projects. Almost no raises given, so with inflation, you end up making less money over time. You feel like a cog in the machine. Employees are disposable. They advertise annual bonuses, but then end up not giving them out. You get constant emails about how Disney is making billions of dollars each year, and see how the CEOs have multi-million dollar wages, but then they nickel and dime all of their employees. Much of the software is over-engineered and unnecessarily complicated and out dated.

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    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      The most biased management I've seen

      Feb 26, 2019 - VFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Not one besides the fact it's got this big name and good benefits.

      Cons

      If you are not friends with the right group of people you are out. You might say that's any company out there but I've been at almost all of the big companies in the industry. Nothing even comes close the how ILM works.

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      21 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Senior Compositor

      Jan 26, 2019 - Senior Compositor 
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      Pros

      Great work environment, great projects, great tools

      Cons

      lack of ability to move within the company top heavy

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