Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated Jan 18, 2022

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3.9
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Industrial Light & Magic President and General Manager Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
78 Ratings
Pros
  • "projects good(in 9 reviews)

  • "Great people, talented artists, high end projects(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The history of wokflows and pipeline of the company some times gets in the way(in 16 reviews)

  • "Long hours and lots of overtime(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great workplace

      Apr 30, 2015 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing talented team, great projects.

      Cons

      I cannot think of any cons

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great company, talented people

      Jan 18, 2022 - 3D Animator in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great projects always in the pipeline. highly talented people to work with and learn from.

      Cons

      some bosses can be overly demanding and difficult to work with.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great team, not so great pay

      Jan 1, 2022 - Software Developer in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing team and amazing culture

      Cons

      Salary for developers not up to par

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      ILM PM

      Jan 4, 2022 - Production Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work Lovely teams of people

      Cons

      Not great career management Felt very reactive / unplanned for changes

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      great workplace

      Dec 18, 2021 - Computer Animator in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great projects, lots of resources

      Cons

      long hours but that is common

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Rampant Nepotism

      Dec 21, 2021 - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      looks good on your resume I guess

      Cons

      There is such obvious favoritism in this place it's crazy. The people who go out drinking with management and supes get all the special treatment, which includes promotions, raises, and all of the best shot work. So if you are more introverted, or you don't drink alcohol, then you probably won't get any good work. If you really need this ILM credit on your resume, then just be careful and watch your back. The artist managers do not follow through with their promises and you will have fight tooth and nail to get your work recognized. But if you don't really need it then just don't even bother working here. It's not worth it. I was on one show where the supervisor was extremely disorganized and would give me very unclear direction, he was verbally abusive towards other artists, and more than once tried to blame me for his own mistakes. On another occasion, one supervisor actually propositioned me WHILE I was an artist on his show, and I was genuinely concerned that turning him down would negatively affect my career. All of my end of show reviews were overwhelmingly positive, but still over 5+ years I was only getting the grunt work on every show. Meanwhile certain artists around me were getting super long vacations and amazing hero shots for their demo reels. If everyone was so happy with my work, why after 5+ years do I have nothing to show for it in my reel? To top this all off the pipeline is extremely onerous and messy. Simple tasks take forever to accomplish. Communication between departments is terrible and continuing to decline. Do yourself a favor and just work elsewhere, the ILM legacy is long gone.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Work

      Oct 30, 2021 - Production Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work and smart people

      Cons

      Very long hours, lots of overtime.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Only good for your resume

      Dec 1, 2021 - CG Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's pretty stable with decent benefits. nice office space

      Cons

      - they underpay people since they know people want that ILM credit on their resume - really messy pipeline - really bad communication, and it seems to be getting worse - only friends of management get promotions and raises - talent is not recognized - unreliable artist managers that don't keep promises and are not transparent in their communication with you - many many artists have left for all of these reasons so there's a high turnover rate which is creating even more confusion

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Working

      Nov 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Most Coworkers are great and willing to help or share info

      Cons

      Don’t know what management does to help artists

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      They're great, but I hate Glassdoor for this

      Oct 10, 2021 - Production Finance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They're still great. Amazing people, good pay, interesting industry

      Cons

      You actually have to put in the work.

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