1. Helpful (13)

    "Amazing artists and engineers, strong company leadership, messy and disorganized technology"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Unlike many other VFX facilities, ILM makes it clear that they value art and the artists who make it. They value and invest in quality and creativity, where many other facilities are focused only on being cheaper. They have a rich history and keep it alive by retaining more 20-30 year veterans than I've seen anywhere else. They really do have some of the brightest people in the industry and these people are truly inspiring and help make ILM a great place to be. For the most part people seem friendly & accessible.

    Cons

    For anyone new to the company, there can be a deep sense of anxiety and uncertainty from day one. The most troublesome practice here by far is the lack of sick/vacation/holiday pay for production hires, which make up the majority. Meanwhile "STAFF" employees receive all of these things, though they may have an identical job description, and there is no clear path to go from production hire to staff. To "make up for it", there is an 8% addition to your paycheck that gets lumped in with your regular pay. But that doesn't prevent a severe and crippling blow to quality of life, your sense of stability, and the idea of work-life balance. People in this arrangement tend to feel a strong sense of uncertainty and insecurity, and I believe it actually has a noticeable impact on performance as people can not feel invested in a company that does not want to invest in them. The other major con is that while they have some powerful proprietary tools, it's a bit of a mess. All tools are incomplete and artists are forced to bear the brunt of this sloppy technology and pipeline. As a result you end up with literally hundreds of undocumented tools floating around with duplicate functionality and what feels like an entirely new pipeline & toolset for every show. It will take at least 6-12 months for anyone to feel comfortable and efficient using the internal software, but you never have any idea if the company will keep you around that long.

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  1. "Best in class"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    great environment amazing team and leaders history of cutting edge tech best projects available anywhere

    Cons

    becoming quite corporate as part of Disney weather can be rough and location is away from the center of the city. Once you are there, you are pretty much there can be quite competitive

  2. "Very creative"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Generalist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    top of the industry quality job

    Cons

    lack of the concistant work volume

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