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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated 6 November, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great projects, great work environment that makes artists and innovation top priorities" (in 7 reviews)

  • "A bit more established - high security - unstoppable great projects" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "So there's no proper work life balance" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Full time employment in SF is not likely" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Industrial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very nice place to work

    Cons

    Very crowd and hard to work sometimes


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic (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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "not worth it"

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

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (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


  4. "Good people, good projects, good culture"

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

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (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.


  5. Helpful (8)

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

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

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (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 a different position or a promotion and keep getting paid to do a bad job, but men would get fired for the same thing
    3. If you aren't friends with management or the right supervisors you don't work on the best projects or get good shots or get promoted even if you are talented

    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


  6. "Customer Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to work.

    Cons

    Needs better competitive wages for all employees.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Artist"

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

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice deck to eat lunch on.

    Cons

    Really poor management, lacking professionalism, poor organizational systems, work permits forgotten about resulting in artists having to leave, terrible benefits, terrible overtime food. Seems to be run by a bunch kids that don't know anything about the visual effects industry.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers and producers with experience that your artists can look up to and respect.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "Epic Fail"

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    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They were bought by Disney (Now a chinese owned company) as such, all the pros are gone.

    Cons

    There is no recognition of artistic efforts, you can have 10 years experience and they still treat you like a junior and they pay you peanuts, only the people close to the sups get nice shots, the rest gets garbage filler not even good for a reel, the whole recruitment process is a mess and it bodes what the rest of the experience will be like, it is like a bad omen, do NOT waste your lifetime in this company, this is NOT the ILM of such great renown, this is now like MPC (owned also by Disney), STAY AWAY.

    Advice to Management

    This is not a chain product manufacture, we are not getting electronic chips ready for shipping, this is a creative industry, do us all a favor before you drive us into a syndicate, please get it straight or get out.


  9. "Technical Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best companies in vfx industry.

    Cons

    Nothing. Best company so far.


  10. "Lighting TD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Great atmos, very talented group of artists.
    Strong compositing department

    Cons

    Ancient pipeline, frequent network outages.
    Little personal space

    Advice to Management

    Bigger desks, fewer people. It gets very crammed during crunch time


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