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    "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
  1. "Great workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    Amazing talented team, great projects.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    I dont have any advice for the management.

    Industrial Light & Magic2015-05-01
  2. "Protect Artists, Not Toxic Supervisors"

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    Former Employee - Animator in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    - Very talented team with some of the most experienced people in the business. When there's challenging work, there's lots of opportunity to learn from them and grow as an artist.- Reasonably laid back working style. There's not a lot of pressure forcing artists to work unpaid overtime during the weekdays. Weekend work can be necessary during crunch time but the artists are always given the choice of saying no... if they have other commitments. - HR is helpful and understanding if there are personal issues interfering with work. - Nice facilities including bicycle parking and showers with fresh towels. Very useful for people commuting with bicycle or going to the gym before or after work. - Better pay compared to other VFX Facilities in London.

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    Cons

    - While most of the team consists of friendly people who are great to work with, the occasional toxic personality can really bring the entire morale down. Especially when it's a supervisor who has been complained about to the HR multiple times and the company has chosen not to take any action against. It's very discourging to see decent and talented artists being subjected to abusive and condescending behaviour, not... being protected by the employer and leaving the company or refusing to return at a later time, as a result. A company of this size and reputation should protect its employees over a single individual no matter how "important" they might be. - Little to no job security. They are unable to compete with other VFX vendors in London and cannot get decent amount of quality work as a result. And this means lots of people being let go on the regular. Unfortunately ILM has become very unreliable for artists who want to have a stable and reliable income.  - Bad management of projects causing financial loss on the regular, which in turn means Christmas bonuses are cancelled. It would be hard to complain about this, considering it's just a nice gesture and not promised or guaranteed. But it's incredibly frustrating when you're being bombarded by coorporate Disney about how amazing the company is doing, while artists are not only not being rewarded for their hardwork but are also in risk of losing their jobs. It feels like a slap in the face when the big boss gets a yearly bonus that could pay everyone's salaries for a decade.

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    Advice to Management

    Protect employees over management. Figure out a way to get more efficient and competetive and bring more work in London.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-18

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