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Industrial Light & Magic Digital Artist Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "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
  2. Helpful (25)

    "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...

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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...

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    Industrial Light & Magic2018-07-14
  3. "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
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Digital Paint/Roto Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work on big production movies.

    Cons

    disorganized. lack of communication. short contracts. no relocation assistance

    Advice to Management

    communication needs improvement

    Industrial Light & Magic2015-03-15
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Once great company now follows the worst trends in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the films you get to work on.

    Cons

    Pipeline for some departments in started anew with every projects as the software changes and there is no rush to make it work properly. Ultimately the artists bear the brunt of making everything work by working 10-12 hour days for months on end. Management could use some people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Congratulations, you made it. Cross your fingers because now you are at the mercy of Disney.

    Industrial Light & Magic2014-08-09
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Play with the A players!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great projects -Great innovation -Great talent -Challenging and diverse -Great accolades -Great support of personal ideas and research.

    Cons

    -Strange company belief of pigeonholing (and in turn blunting generalists) -No upward movement/promotion (in first 10years - life) -Somewhat chained to an old (and often proprietary) pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    They are on a great track, just stay the course!

    Industrial Light & Magic2014-01-02
  7. "One of the most prolific VFX companies out there."

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    Current Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. The people at ILM are amazing from the supervisors and leads on down. They don't play the ego game and are happy to hear suggestions from anyone - the best ideas win. They treat the staff well and provide meals when O.T. is required - and the pay O.T. (a rarity these days). You get to work on the top films with some amazing directors and learn from teh best while doing it.

    Cons

    When it's busy, it's really busy - 5 - 8 films going on at the same time. Sometimes it can get a bit hectic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, continue to not get into the race to the bottom that some many of teh other VFX houses are engaged in. Filmmakers come to ILM for amazing quality and creative solutions - let the others fight for the scraps.

    Industrial Light & Magic2013-05-29
  8. Helpful (1)

    "great but they are getting cheap"

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

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

    Pros

    brilliant supes and other leads, Good OT policy and payout

    Cons

    Getting stingy on pay increases. Also for foreigners they used to give you a choice of either corporate "free" housing accomodation for the duration of the project but after the budget blowout during transformers and everyone was extended, they now only offer to give you $10,000 relocation bonus - but be aware you only actually get $5700 cash in hand after they take all the tax out!

    Advice to Management

    Offer better relocation deals or at least increase contracters rates

    Industrial Light & Magic2012-07-01
  9. "ILM was the rebel that became the empire, but it's still one kick ass place to work."

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    Current Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    1. The people. The people at ILM are a wonderful group of artistic folks. It's very much a family. 2. The work. Just look at the credits list. The work speaks for itself. 3. Location. The Presidio is beautiful and LDAC is a first class facility.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take awhile to get recognition amongst a group of such talented folks. There's always a lot going on and things are constantly changing in order to stay on the cutting edge. This can make communication and protocol a challenge at times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on more ways to get direct feedback from artists.

    Industrial Light & Magic2008-11-22
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Its a roller-coaster, you need courage, a strong stomach and lots of carmel corn afterwards."

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    Current Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    The people you work with are amazing, caring and helpful. The work is top-notch and usually something to be very proud about. The projects are the top tier, and the talent is untouchable and will rub-off on you with even just a little effort.

    Cons

    The management appears to no idea nor do they appear to want to know what is going on in the trenches. Layoffs are heartless, unnecessary and endemic. You simply cannot work at ILM and expect to buy a house and raise a family. Salaries are too low, and you are all but guaranteed a layoff or "leave of absence".

    Advice to Management

    Find your hearts again. They have been stolen by fear of losing your own job. Re-learn to do the right thing. BUT... thank you for putting yourselves between a rock and hard place. I can't be easy. Collect all the malcontents in a room and just listen to them. They are your only hope for innovation and survival.

    Industrial Light & Magic2008-07-13
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