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Industrial Light & Magic President and General Manager Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
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  • "Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change(in 13 reviews)

  • "I don't think they get the same standard of training as San Francisco(in 8 reviews)

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  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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    Industrial Light & Magic2019-09-12
  2. Helpful (11)

    "Uncertain future in SF"

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generally great people, good projects, nice perks.

    Cons

    Leadership constantly assures staff of commitment to SF location, but bulk of work keeps going to competing divisions in Vancouver and London, and head count continues to go down. As such, management values its talent substantially less these days. No opportunities to advance, and raises have been replaced by meager bonuses. There's been a real disconnect/disinterest in day-to-day artist experiences and performance by management, reflected by a recent move to eliminate what little performance review system we had. Training program is not what it once was. Just talking to other artists, bad management tendencies, such as favoritism, have become very common. Getting onto the few slots on the hot project has become rather political.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2018-11-02
  3. Helpful (1)

    "SG Division"

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     in Singapore

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    Its really a good place to learn and some good projects to work on.

    Cons

    Wages are not fairly equal paid. And it can be very stressful at times.

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-08-10
  4. "ILM"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    Great projects, good artist, nice environment

    Cons

    ILM more and more is working like any other VFX company.

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-07-27
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Good company for cv"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Good projects and amazing people

    Cons

    Bad management, low salary and low expectations about keepping the job

    Industrial Light & Magic2015-09-21
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work? Only if you have no family/life outside of work."

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    Current Contractor - Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility. Good projects if you are at the point in your career if you need that stuff for your reel. Good for single people.

    Cons

    Location isn't great. The Presidio is a beautiful park, but its too bad that ILM didn't decide to stay in Marin County. Transit connections is restricted to Presidigo buses to downtown which can take up to an hour to get to a BART train. Traffic is a nightmare in the morning if you are north of San Rafael or have to cross the city. Severe lack of parking at the facility lately. Rent/cost of living in the area is excessive, a studio apartment that is walking distance to ILM is $3000-4000/mo. Corporate Housing and Long term housing in the area is around $3000 a month. Keep this in mind if you come in on a short contract, they will pay for housing if you push for it. Unlike other tech/media companies, Lucasfilm/ILM wages are generally much lower than some of the dot coms and media firms in the area. However VFX wise there isn't many options at all. Pay is OK on contract, on short contracts you can usually get a much better rate, and typically they are short staffed all the time that you'll be extended a few times at a higher rate. In some cases the contractors are making 1.5-2x the hourly rate of the staff guys sitting next to them. The hours lately are dreadful. 72-80 hour weeks are normal these days as schedules to finish projects are reduced to 3-4 months. Yes there is an on site day care, gym and food, but keep in mind you'll be practically living at your desk around the clock. Advancement can be difficult, I've seen talent slip through their fingers time and time again, mostly due to timing. Someone who was a wizard at a competitor becomes a button pusher at ILM for 3 months then they move on to something a bit more challenging. Personal story, my car pool friends are fried from the long hours. As in forgetting to put the trash out weeks on end, and not taking care of themselves. One friend gained 30 lbs on one movie. Management doesn't care as long as the deadlines are hit. Department feedback/communication is horrible. Doing a good job/bad job? You never know. No news is good news I guess?

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    Industrial Light & Magic2015-03-05
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not very good to contractors"

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    Former Contractor - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High profile projects. good location and facilities.

    Cons

    If you finish your shots ahead of schedule, they will lay you off early instead of honoring your contract.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2015-01-13
  8. Helpful (2)

    "It may be ILM but it's still a big corporate vfx studio"

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    R&D Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic

    Pros

    - They get A-list projects. - Good pay and benefits. - Some seriously smart and talented people. - Decent hardware and resources. - Located in the city, not the suburbs. - ILM management reasonably open and honest about what's going on. - Great on your resume. - All the Star Wars crap you could ever want.

    Cons

    - Proprietary software that is sometimes great but often frustrating. - Can be very corporate, especially where parent company (Lucasfilm), legal or HR is involved. - It's big and you can never know everything that is going on. - More Star Wars crap than you could ever want. If you are a software type try and get hired into production rather than the R&D department. They have been turning into a parody of organizational dysfunction over the last couple of years and you will be happier and have more interesting work in production.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2010-10-06

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