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Industrial Light & Magic Animator Reviews

Updated 18 Sep 2019

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3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (7)

    "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.

    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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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-18
  2. "Like any other VFX house"

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    Former Contractor - Animator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic for less than a year

    Pros

    A bit more established - high security - unstoppable great projects

    Cons

    Take advantage of prestige name and do not offer competitive pay - insane overtime like any other VFX house - zero transparency

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    Industrial Light & Magic2017-05-22
  3. "Top in the industry for a reason."

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    Former Employee - Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, great work environment that makes artists and innovation top priorities. Deep bench of talent.

    Cons

    A large company, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. To distinguish yourself you have to make an effort, for sure.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2014-02-08
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Some great people, but management doesn't care."

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    Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    Excellent projects, some superstar supervisors, great technical support. Beautiful building.

    Cons

    Unreliable employment. Health benefit costs. Atmosphere lost much of it's warmth after moving to the Presidio.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2011-05-25
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but could use more stability"

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    Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
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    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. The projects that you are given the chance to be on are nothing short of fantastic. The name recognition of ILM on your resume is a huge boost to your career. They are good about rehiring people that have worked for them before. They offer full health benefits for their project hires.

    Cons

    It is not very stable if you are looking for year-round employment. You should count on only being able to work 8 to 9 months of the year. The summer months are especially slow. There is very little opportunity to advance in the company or be given a staff position. The artists are being asked more and more to produce larger amounts of work in less time. There is no vacation or sick pay unless you are staff.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2011-02-27

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