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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
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46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

  • "Its really a good place to learn and some good projects to work on(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Limited exposure to the entire pipeline process(in 11 reviews)

  • "You need to have your nose completely browned out to get a few decent shots(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    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. Helpful (3)

    "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 9 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...

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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...

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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-03-01
  3. Helpful (4)

    "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 2 years

    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...

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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
  4. Helpful (2)

    "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 9 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
  5. Helpful (10)

    "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 6 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...

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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-26
  6. "Senior Compositor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Compositor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great work environment, great projects, great tools

    Cons

    lack of ability to move within the company top heavy

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-26
  7. "Things are changing but I still like it here"

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    Current Employee - Digial Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great projects, free disneyland tickets

    Cons

    Work being sent out of the US.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-17
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Make believe, like everything Disney."

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    Current Employee - comper in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You get some perks, and sometimes if you are lucky you get to work on a nice project, and if you are very very lucky you get a nice shot and if you are very very very lucky, the sup will not take it before you finish it to give it to one of his preferred accolytes and call it his own and add it on his reel.

    Cons

    Everything. It is ruled by americanised culture, high school back-stabbing and rumours. You need to have your nose completely browned out to get a few decent shots. You need to take condescending treatment very well cause even if you are smarter or better learned (very easy thing at ILM) than the higher ups, they will regardless tell you how to do a roto...that's right, petty ignorant behaviour left and right. Your...

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    Advice to Management

    Start giving bonuses to hires no matter the contract length, it's immoral what you are doing. Maybe you need undercover people to check the hire ups behaviour? Sing, Van are a mess, people need to get axed.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-02-19
  9. "Could be great if work/ life balance was improved"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - nice & respectful coworkers - interesting work

    Cons

    - Long hours - Terrible benefits (for UK staff) - Progression is difficult

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-23
  10. "Good company for raising family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
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    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Relax, non challenging work environment. Great for stable paycheck with little fuss. Year round tropical weather.

    Cons

    Nothing challenging ever goes to Singapore. Not a place for ambitious artists to be. No chance to increase income - no overtime pay. Time off in lieu cannot be cashed out.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for de-layering. You have way too many dinosaurs on the shelf.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-01-05
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