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Updated 12 Sep 2019

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3.4
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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
11 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Alright company but London doesn't have the ILM culture"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great artists, amazin talents. If you like franchises, really good projects Good for the CV Good salaries There is a will to change things, but things take very long to materialise Some good Disney benefits (free parks entries)

    Cons

    old pipeline artist management is not great contract renewal usually done at the last minute London office doesn't get the same benefits as SF, ILM SF has a long VFX culture that didn't not reach London. uneven quality of supervisors, some are great some are bad They struggle to get new work, which resulted on a massive wave of lay off. More and more work is sent to 3rd party companies. No much space to grow,... limited career development.

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    Advice to Management

    There is work in modernising the pipeline but this is moving too slowly. ILM has to find a way to be more competitive. Maybe reduce the number of supervisor, streamline some departments, be more agile with the artists. Be more reactive, everything moves too slowly.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-12
  2. "I want to develop my knowledge and personal life"

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    Former Employee - Roto Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job secure then there have much more technical knowledges

    Cons

    Always i will do to complete challenging work then only develop my knowledge so always i would like it

    Advice to Management

    Give me chance for pour people working to abroad then only develop knowledge and Telnet carrier

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-08-16
  3. "Had a great time"

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    Former Employee - Junior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on the biggest/best projects in the entertainment industry, all of the time.

    Cons

    Chose to leave after seeing layoffs, at the same time we were hearing we'd made record earnings on films. All of the work is being outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Fairer pay for Jr artists that live in the area, keep work in the Bay, otherwise management is pretty awesome.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-06-14
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Game of Thrones in here, you will be stabbed in the back..."

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    Former Employee - CG Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The story of this place and the people that started everything is so inspiring.

    Cons

    No morale No culture anymore, it's turning into a production line Long hours You will get emails about how the company is thriving, how successful the projects are thanks to you, but you will no get bonuses anymore. A promotion is just impossible, Managers don't really pay attention to who is who, they usually promote the whiners and not the most talented or hard workers. If you are not a supervisor nobody... will pay attention to your suggestions or feedback. Salaries are awful no work-life balance in San Francisco, the most expensive city in the world. The work is now done in Vancouver mostly, San Francisco only gets the left-overs Not a healthy competition environment. Trying to save money they turned the work areas into a homeless camp.

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    Advice to Management

    You are losing people because of the lack of morale, the micromanagement is also killing the passion. Listen to your employees, make managers understand everyone's level so you can promote people in a fair way , they are moire like "bosses" than leaders. Reward people, they are your company! Trying to save money hiring Jr's is not smart, you are losing Senior artist that now are leaving your company and will... eventually turn into your competition. Managers are incompetent.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-03-01
  5. Helpful (16)

    "The most biased management I've seen"

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    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not one besides the fact it's got this big name and good benefits.

    Cons

    If you are not friends with the right group of people you are out. You might say that's any company out there but I've been at almost all of the big companies in the industry. Nothing even comes close the how ILM works.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving out any kind of work related special treatment to your friends. It's so painfully obvious. Stop treating your drinking buddies in the departments like employees first class and the rest like disposable attachments. Stop giving them the best work unconditionally and the rest who doesn't suck up to the gods of the departments are neglected. Stop giving long contracts and staff to only your drinking buddy... sweat hearts. It's so obvious. And for God's sake stop promoting the most useless people just because you are friends with them. Everybody on the floor sees what your are doing.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-26
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Managment of artists"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good benefits for employees, used to be better pre disney

    Cons

    Managers who truly have no idea what the persons they manage actually do. if you not buddy buddy with them you won't go anywhere and will have actively thrown hurdles in your way.

    Advice to Management

    get managers to actually take interest in the day to day work.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-03-05
  7. Helpful (28)

    "Don't work here, its a toxic mess."

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredibly talented workforce, some of the best people in the industry. Nice location

    Cons

    Upper management treats their employees like expendable cattle and are completely out of touch with the struggles and difficulties of the everyday worker. Little to no job security with petty politics. Individuals who get promoted tend to be those who enjoy belittling and dominating others. Current hierarchy structure fails to recognize structural issues as the only opinion that counts is upper management, they... completely discount employee grievances. This is not the ILM of the 80's and 90's that shone through innovation, this is now just another churn and burn studio that couldn't care less about their employees. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere for work, VFX is a dead end industry that is failing due to poor management and outsourcing.

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out a business model that doesn't depend on churning through talent like they're expendable garbage. Stop promoting those who thrive at the expense of others. Adopt a performance metric that isn't reliant on filtered feedback from self serving managers while ignoring the opinions and grievances of those who actually do the work. I passionately worked hours for free at this company only to be sidelined,... belittled and ultimately cast aside like refuse while a disgusting attempt was made to blacklist me from the VFX industry. This story has been repeated again and again. Sociopathic behavior is rewarded in middle management and a self serving out of touch upper management fails to recognize or accept any criticism of this from the general artist pool. Not sure how you will resolve such a toxic work environment, good luck to you.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2018-07-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just a number"

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    Former Contractor - Artist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good tech and pipe. Work colleagues are nice

    Cons

    The moaniest place ever worked. No loyalty to employees. If someone is cheaper than you expect the shove out at earliest opportunity. Incessant emails telling company how well it's doing while letting employees go. No reward for trying harder or giving your all. Awful office more like a cold call center. Badly run departments and expect to work pressured overtime for nothing. It's ILM in name only, more exciting... shows at other places (proved by lack of awards) .

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    Advice to Management

    Nothing. You promise change just to keep people passive or not to be like other vfx houses yet low and behold exactly same. No advice because you don't listen.

    Industrial Light & Magic2018-02-24
  9. "Best place to work with"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Join the force!!

    Cons

    Improve leadership and paycheck is bad in this place (Singapore)

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat the staff great

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-06-14
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Concept Artist"

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    Current Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Although the wages are low the work environment is great. The experience gained is worth it in my opinion. Good luck!

    Cons

    Low wages. It's not the best place to work if you need an income over 100 k. Still a great place.

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-06-03
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