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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated Oct 9, 2019

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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
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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. "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
  2. "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
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Magic is gone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 10 years

    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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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make the changes that enable ILM to adapt to how these shows are done now. Treat your staff with respect. They don't want donuts for doing a good job and long hours, they want raises and work/life balance in reward for their skills.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-05-21
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not great - lost any sense of "magic" left"

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    Former Employee - Senior Creature Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than a year

    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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    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and personable with employees. Disney has really led ILM into the ground, and I don't see that changing.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-15
  5. Helpful (15)

    "The most biased management I've seen"

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    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 5 years

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving out any kind of work related special treatment to your friends. It's so painfully obvious. Stop treating your drinking buddies in the departments like employees first class and the rest like disposable attachments. Stop giving them the best work unconditionally and the rest who doesn't suck up to the gods of the departments are neglected. Stop giving long contracts and staff to only your drinking buddy... sweat hearts. It's so obvious. And for God's sake stop promoting the most useless people just because you are friends with them. Everybody on the floor sees what your are doing.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-26
  6. "Senior Compositor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Compositor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great projects, great tools

    Cons

    lack of ability to move within the company top heavy

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-26
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Make believe, like everything Disney."

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

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get some perks, and sometimes if you are lucky you get to work on a nice project, and if you are very very lucky you get a nice shot and if you are very very very lucky, the sup will not take it before you finish it to give it to one of his preferred accolytes and call it his own and add it on his reel.

    Cons

    Everything. It is ruled by americanised culture, high school back-stabbing and rumours. You need to have your nose completely browned out to get a few decent shots. You need to take condescending treatment very well cause even if you are smarter or better learned (very easy thing at ILM) than the higher ups, they will regardless tell you how to do a roto...that's right, petty ignorant behaviour left and right.... Your artist input is a goner in this place, no wonder why the vfx community states this is where compers come to die. Pay is inferior for the kind of work you do here where you gotta be a do-it-all and jack-of-all-trades. End of year they will tell you how well they made in the Billions but they NEVER give you part of that money which you actually made them earn.

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    Advice to Management

    Start giving bonuses to hires no matter the contract length, it's immoral what you are doing. Maybe you need undercover people to check the hire ups behaviour? Sing, Van are a mess, people need to get axed.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-19
  8. Helpful (6)

    "not worth it"

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    Former Employee - FX Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good project good studio location some amazing artists and talent

    Cons

    cheap pays artist managers that doesn't keep their promise favoring people that they know to promote instead of talents

    Advice to Management

    respect the artists

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-07-01
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Production"

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    Recommends

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work at Amazing artists Good benefits

    Cons

    Manual and redundant processes Supervisor expectation management - CBB

    Advice to Management

    Please try to see how to make things more efficient

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-06-19
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Industrial"

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    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    very nice place to work

    Cons

    Very crowd and hard to work sometimes

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-04-08
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