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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
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48 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

  • "Its really a good place to learn and some good projects to work on(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Limited exposure to the entire pipeline process(in 11 reviews)

  • "You need to have your nose completely browned out to get a few decent shots(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Industrial"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      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
    • Helpful (6)

      "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...

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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
    • Helpful (4)

      "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...

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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
    • Helpful (10)

      "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...

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      Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-26
    • "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
    • 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...

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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
    • 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
    • Helpful (1)

      "Production"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      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
    • "Good people, good projects, good culture"

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      Former Employee - Senior Creature Technical Director in Vancouver, BC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      I work at ILM 1year and a half. I loved it. I was in the creature department. I come more from a rigging background but I love Zeno, the soft for doing simulation. The first 3 months were really confusing, but the community around Zeno at ILM in all the different facilities is huge and made my life easier. You have a good perspective career if you stay and if you prove you are good and willing to not have a good pay.

      Cons

      Average pay, they play with the fact a lot of people wants to come. Lot of overtime but it's common in the VFX

      Advice to Management

      give a better raise to your artists if you value them. Try harder to keep them or people like me who love the company will leave again and again.

      Industrial Light & Magic2018-03-08
    • Helpful (10)

      "It's not worth it, go somewhere else for more money"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      - Some of the projects are good - There is a gym - There are some cool people to work with - There is free food and drinks sometimes - You get to see crew screenings of movies for free

      Cons

      - You get harassed by junkies and homeless people right outside of the office - There is a LOT of overtime on every project and it's still getting worse - People from other studios are hired for lead or supervisor jobs instead of promoting people already there - There are a lot of double standards: 1. Friends of management can say and do things other people would get fired for 2. Women bad at their jobs will get...

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      Advice to Management

      - Get rid of the people there because of favoritism and politics and get rid of the management and supervisors doing that - Promote more people already working there instead of strangers from other studios - Fix how much overtime everyone has to work on every project

      Industrial Light & Magic2018-01-14
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