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Industrial Light & Magic CEO Lynwen Brennan
Lynwen Brennan
70 Ratings
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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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    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. Helpful (7)

    "Magic is gone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working with some great people who bring their talent to a company that sorely lacks respect for it.

    Cons

    Everything. Broken pipeline, kept on life support by legacy ILMers who refuse to change. Horrible deadlines and under-bid shows that cause unmanageable chaos. Clients are verbally abusive and disrespectful to the artists making their films and ILM does NOTHING ... because clients are money. So, minimize the employees and ignore them, clients are all that matters no matter how crazy, incompetant or rude they are. ILM... has become a shadow of itself, favoring clients who meddle with pixels over and over and over until the artists lose their families, health and sanity from being overworked. ILM is just another failed VFX house propping up a broken industry enabling hack filmmakers who have no idea what they are doing and unable to allow VFX artists to do their best work because they are micromanaged into oblivion.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make the changes that enable ILM to adapt to how these shows are done now. Treat your staff with respect. They don't want donuts for doing a good job and long hours, they want raises and work/life balance in reward for their skills.

    Industrial Light & Magic2019-05-21
  3. "Great company to intern with"

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    Former Intern - Production Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic mentorship from experienced employees Bi-weekly stand up meetings to have your work reviewed Attend talks led by company leaders at ILM and Lucasfilm Exposure to many of the technology groups at Disney Tour of the Pixar campus and the Walt Disney Family Museum

    Cons

    Limited exposure to the entire pipeline process Scope of projects was small (expected for internship time frame of 3 months)

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps schedule time for a mentor to explain a broad overview of the full production pipeline.

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-10-18
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Incompetent lacking and messy"

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    Current Employee - Undervalued in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Comfortable office space with free coffee and biscuits.

    Cons

    I found the studio to be Incompetent and dysfunctional, the pipeline is left wanting and much to be desired. Out of date. Robotic factory culture and the movies and VFX are not what they use to be. After Star Wars there's not a lot left. Best avoided and look for a respectable alternative Vfxcw

    Advice to Management

    Display a backbone to clients. Innovation

    Industrial Light & Magic2017-06-27
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Stagnant and Declining"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You will get the opportunity to work on some of the best projects, and with some of the most talented people in the industry, at least on the artist and technical side.

    Cons

    Forget about advancement, it happens at a glacial pace. Pay does not keep up with cost of living so prepare to make less each year. Also pushing innovative ideas through, that go beyond what you can accomplish on your own without impacting their pipeline, will be a challenge. If you are up for the challenge, don't even bother with the original San Francisco office. Disney has figured out how to pluck the "magic"... from the name, if not all the talent, and plant it into the other offices located in countries with tax subsidies, creating a no-win situation for San Francisco.

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    Advice to Management

    The management team does not come from within the pool of artists and technicians, making it impossible for them to make educated decisions regarding technology, or to properly value the people actually doing the work. Fire half of your selves.

    Industrial Light & Magic2016-12-30
  6. Helpful (11)

    "Monumental disaster from interview to exit."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Director 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For people who haven't been at ILM it will look great in you cv, that is pretty much the extent of it.

    Cons

    The problem with ILM is the arrogant approach to doing things, from high-school Immature attitudes like grandstanding in the hallways perfecting their walk swing to the dismissive and condescending tone when they talk to even more experienced artists than themselves, they have not yet realized the artists are what drive this place, not the dinos up on high, the sups need to get a reality check before people start... taking it personal. Sups talk in basic laymen terms, and give vague comments instead of precise direction mainly cause they have no idea which way is up. Pipeline is ancient, tools fidgety. It is sad really, putting so much time and effort in doing the good work when all it takes is being brown to advance.

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    Advice to Management

    Please quit.

    Industrial Light & Magic2016-10-17
  7. "Lighting TD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Great atmos, very talented group of artists. Strong compositing department

    Cons

    Ancient pipeline, frequent network outages. Little personal space

    Advice to Management

    Bigger desks, fewer people. It gets very crammed during crunch time

    Industrial Light & Magic2016-03-29
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Expected more. Where's the magic?"

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    Current Employee - Compositor in Singapore
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good shows, more easy going than most studios. The building and office is awesome.

    Cons

    Not as organized as expected. For such a renowned company, I expected better organization, planning and quality. Lots of the employees not keen to stay after contracts are finished. Pipeline is archaic. Overall just ok.

    Advice to Management

    Better planning of upcoming shows and work distribution. Lots of people waiting for work and seating around and other seniors overloaded.

    Industrial Light & Magic2015-06-18
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Amazing artists and engineers, strong company leadership, messy and disorganized technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unlike many other VFX facilities, ILM makes it clear that they value art and the artists who make it. They value and invest in quality and creativity, where many other facilities are focused only on being cheaper. They have a rich history and keep it alive by retaining more 20-30 year veterans than I've seen anywhere else. They really do have some of the brightest people in the industry and these people are truly... inspiring and help make ILM a great place to be. For the most part people seem friendly & accessible.

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    Cons

    For anyone new to the company, there can be a deep sense of anxiety and uncertainty from day one. The most troublesome practice here by far is the lack of sick/vacation/holiday pay for production hires, which make up the majority. Meanwhile "STAFF" employees receive all of these things, though they may have an identical job description, and there is no clear path to go from production hire to staff. To "make up... for it", there is an 8% addition to your paycheck that gets lumped in with your regular pay. But that doesn't prevent a severe and crippling blow to quality of life, your sense of stability, and the idea of work-life balance. People in this arrangement tend to feel a strong sense of uncertainty and insecurity, and I believe it actually has a noticeable impact on performance as people can not feel invested in a company that does not want to invest in them. The other major con is that while they have some powerful proprietary tools, it's a bit of a mess. All tools are incomplete and artists are forced to bear the brunt of this sloppy technology and pipeline. As a result you end up with literally hundreds of undocumented tools floating around with duplicate functionality and what feels like an entirely new pipeline & toolset for every show. It will take at least 6-12 months for anyone to feel comfortable and efficient using the internal software, but you never have any idea if the company will keep you around that long.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, invest in your tools. Make employees feel like they have a future. Just a simple thing like sick and vacation days will go a long way towards preventing burn-out, improving work-life balance, and increasing employee commitment, satisfaction and contribution to the company and culture. Also, don't fall for that stupid trend in the industry to abandon internal tools and fall toward... off-the-shelf software, support your internal development and make it easy for people to use.

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    Industrial Light & Magic2014-11-09
  10. 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
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