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LucasArts...it ain't what it used to be...but it could get better.

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Current Employee - Producer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)

Pros

LucasArts has access to some of the most powerful licenses in the industry. We also have managed to hire some of the most passionate game developers in the country. The location is amazing, the amenities very nice and the atmosphere is good.

The promise of synergy between the various LucasFilm companies is tantalizing.

Cons

Recent layoffs and change of administration have left a gaping hole in morale and in the power structure. What is rushing in to the vacuum so far does not appear to be positive (or positive enough) in either case.

There are many high level management types who have little to no game development experience. On top of that lack of experience, they seem to genuinely enjoy making decisions that affect everyone downstream from them without taking those people into consideration (i.e. talking over said changes).

I have never seen so many ridiculous charts, graphs, documents and procedures accrue over such a short span in my life. There was a document on how to have a meeting (purportedly to simplify the process) that looked like the flow chart for programming the software to run a nuclear reactor. It was that complicated, not to mention so colorful that it was unreadable and also appeared radioactive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Abrupt change in administration left LEC without its heart and soul, and completely ripped the culture of the company apart.

Loss of morale, loss of personnel and loss of trust should not come as any surprise to anyone, and yet it continually has surprised senior management.

There is something to be said for:

* Addressing the company in the manner that we have become accustomed to over the years. That is to say openly, honestly, publicly and OFTEN.

* Acting quickly to stem the tide of losses.

* Creating infrastructure without creating redundancies and / or confusion.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    LucasArts: a lot of potential, but clear direction is still uncertain

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    The work environment is pleasant, and benefits are good. Resources are top-notch, with less bureaucracy than many publicly held companies. Working hours are usually flexible.

    Cons

    The company has lofty goals, but they often seem unrealistic given the lack of communication or clear vision of how to accomplish those goals.
    While the LucasArts campus is pleasant and new, the physical location of the campus can be a downside for people that live outside of the heart of San Francisco. No freeways lead to the area from the south, adding 20 minutes commute time to anyone on the peninsula, and from the north there's the bottleneck of the Golden Gate, along with its toll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A clearer engineering strategy is needed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once successful company with great unexpressed talent and potential struggling to survive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great location and facilities, if your dream of a lifetime is to be part of something that belongs to the popular culture as star wars or indiana jones this is definitely the place where you want to be

    Cons

    pay is not great, managers are rarely competent (being a big fan of star wars doesn't make you smart or anything), the company keeps putting its trust in not very talented individuals and wasting milions in projects that are doomed since the beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should start to trust its best engineers and stop taking uneducated decisions. To be fair most of the management should simply be let go as they are just not up the task. Luckily enough the new president of the company has already understood this and is quickly taking care of the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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