Luma Pictures Employee Reviews about "culture team"

Updated 21 Oct 2020

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Pros
  • "The culture team comes up with some nice activities once in a while(in 13 reviews)

  • "Luma is in South Melbourne city fringe suburb with everything you need close by(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "I wish they knew what it is like to work in other studios because they deserve to be treated better(in 8 reviews)

  • "I do not agree with it being a "frat house", but i do feel the "friendly/approachable" culture isnt genuine amoungst higher management(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "MELBOURNE STUDIO ARTIST"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Roto/Paint Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Luma Pictures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people and the work really make this place. You will work on projects that you will be proud of, blockbusters and great smaller films. With a small studio, you get alot of opportunities to branch out and challenge yourself. Ive had the pleasure of working on range of comps and mattepaintings while a paint artist. The growth you get from a place like this is exponential compared to bigger studios. The real thing that keeps me loving my job is the people I work with, the culture team are a fantastic friendly group, my team mates are all great people, some now very close friends I will keep forever, the leads are all very competent and talented individuals, the VFX Sup raises the bar on quality and talent personally for each artist. And a big shout out to the Roto/Paint Lead!!

    Cons

    The amount of work and the deadlines, you will have times when you might feel overwhealmed, and turn arounds will need to be quick. Its not for everyone, but if you are looking to be challenged and see yourself grow, then you will enjoy the level of work we push out here. Its a smaller studio than others, so you will be responsible for more with your shots than other places. Come ready for a challenge

  2. Helpful (4)

    "Health is wealth"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures

    Pros

    I have to say that the artists are very friendly and welcoming. As a small studio, the quality of work being produced is amazing. The culture team comes up with some nice activities once in a while.

    Cons

    The hours are very long. Their artists health isn’t their main priority - but to have something delivered to the clients the following day. Marvel, being one of their long term clients - they really don’t care whether you had worked until 4-5 AM. Most were expected to come to work on time after 4 hours on the same day. I salute the people who are still there but at the same time, I feel really bad for them. I wish they knew what it is like to work in other studios because they deserve to be treated better.

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  3. Helpful (10)

    "Hard, but a good step for Juniors"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Get to work on some great movies, on some awesome shots. -Great studio space in a good location, lots of places for lunch and food/snacks are provided in the studio by the culture team. -Other employees are really lovely, met some fantastic people there. -They balance multiple projects at a time, so you'll pick up some credits in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    - Work/life balance is pretty bad, and while this is an issue throughout the whole industry it can be especially harsh at Luma. You'll be in the studio for at least 50 hours a week (with a 1 hour lunch each day) and there can be a lot of overtime near the end of a show (especially for those at the end of the production line). If you want to preserve some "you" time in the day you will probably want to live close to the studio, which unfortunately leads to the next issue: -Pay is low compared to the rest of the industry, and as other people have mentioned you only really get one opportunity to propose a salary. If you're a junior or someone early in their career you can't really complain but South Melbourne is also quite an expensive place to live. If you don't want to spend extra valuable hours in the day commuting, you'll want to live close by which can hurt the bank if you're running on a lower salary. - Supervisors/higher ups are intimidating and unapproachable. There's a definite "Boys Club" kind of attitude coming from the supervisors and the clique of longer term employees. This shouldn't be a character trait for someone you have to answer to day in and day out. This was one of the biggest issues I had and I haven't experienced it to this level in any other studios. This is probably the source of the "Frat House" attitude that many other reviews have mentioned. - Task tracking is almost non existent and poorly managed. All tasks were assigned to me via word of mouth and the task tracking system was rarely updated to reflect that. This didn't seem to be an issue for all departments though, so it might not be the case for everyone. Organization overall is an issue for Luma, a lot of the long hours and overtime feels like the result of poor organization rather than a large work load. -The "Culture" Is ok, I never had much of an issue with it but it isn't a necessary part of the studio. For the more introverted employees the pressure of having to socialize and participate in activities all the time can definitely add another layer of stress and exhaustion on top of their workload. It would be nice to see more understanding/catering to people like this, since this industry can attract some more reserved but incredibly talented people. Some of the nicest people I met at Luma were the more understated/shy ones. Luma is also one of the two major studios in Melbourne, so people living there in the VFX industry don't have many options and it's sad to see so many people ruled out. -A small one, but every day they call everyone into the kitchen at 4 to have snacks that the culture team has prepared. I appreciate them doing this but most of the time the food is sugary junk food like donuts and ice cream. Sitting down at a computer for almost 10 hours a day is already a pretty unhealthy lifestyle, It would to get more healthy alternatives with the occasional snack instead of the other way around.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great little company doing big work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    Luma is a fantastic little company doing a lot of things right. Their culture team is second to none, always making sure people feel comfortable, looked after and they're always (literally every day) planning something for the staff to get them away from their desks and to relax. Project wise Luma works on some of the biggest films out there and has recently starting doing some stellar photorealistic shots. They're extremely nurturing of talent, taking the time and having faith in their junior artists to do big, challenging shots. The biggest pro to working at Luma is the people. They have a team of extremely dedicated and talented artists who get together and socialize, which I think is a main reason their work has taken a leap forward over the last few years. Interdepartmental conversation is strongly encourage also, which is a breath of fresh air compared to some studios.

    Cons

    High intensity and high turnover (of shows and shots), and that comes with some OT, especially at crunch time. 8am start makes an already demanding job which often entails long hours anyway even more tiring, you feel that extra hour a day add up and take it's toll.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Awesome work, amazing culture team, poor/ inconsiderate higher management."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Luma Pictures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work on big titles. An amazing number of talented and social co workers. Compared to other studios ive worked at, a great amount of space is given to each individual artist in regards to workspace. A very dedicated culture team, who really put in the elbow grease to ensure the artists are comfortable, excluding higher culture management who come accross as intimidating and un-approachable. A great location with a wide range of options for eating out.

    Cons

    Higher management very intimidating. There is a facade of a very open channel of communication and interaction. However their is clear favouritism in the way 'higher' management deal and interact with specific employees. The grindy culture is very prominent, there are inconsistencies within lumas core culture. I do not agree with it being a "frat house", but i do feel the "friendly/approachable" culture isnt genuine amoungst higher management. Over my time at luma so far, i feel uncomfrotable around the VP. As someone who has worked at more than a handful of vfx studios, i have never felt belittled as i have felt here at my time with luma.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Luma"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    Luma works on lots of high-profile films + they have a dedicated culture team that takes good care of the artists.

    Cons

    things move along very slowly there. i believe they have been working to get their content division up and running for a while. great ideas when it eventually happens! And, while have a dedicated culture team is great, some of the events are a bit fratty - think drinking, mustaches, lots of themes.

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    "Fantastic place to start a career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Luma Pictures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This was my first job and my first studio, so naturally i can't compare it to other studios, but my experience at Luma has been incredibly positive. Melbourne is a beautiful city and a great place to live, and luma is located in a really nice area. The studio itself is really nice, it has a friendly atmosphere and feels pretty relaxed (aside from obviously crunch times). We work on some awesome projects, some of them are quite short and sweet, which means in just over a year i've worked on i think 7 big movies. The people are great. I haven't had a negative experience with a single person since starting here. The culture team is great. They spend a lot of time organising events for us, cooking us food, and at times they really go out of their way to make us feel appreciated. As a Roto Paint artist i couldn't recommend it enough for the one reason that we outsource a lot of our roto. My workload since i started has probably been 95% paint which i really, really appreciate. The work is fun and varied. I have to say some of the 1 star reviews i've read on here from recent employees are quite bemusing and while i respect their right to have their opinions heard, to me seem indicative of personality problems. Luma is apparently not for everyone, and obviously it's not perfect, but to me a lot of what i read in those reviews do not provide an accurate or fair view of the studio.

    Cons

    Over time does happen during crunch times and some departments get it worse than others. My personal experience in 1 year of working there is 4-5 weeks of heavy overtime (70+ hours), including about 5 saturdays. To my knowledge no one at the studio has worked a Sunday in the last few years. Sometimes u can be ambushed at the end of the day with OT when you thought you were going home on time, but it's normally a polite request so personally i don't mind.. could be a problem for some people tho. Contracts for junior artists can be quite short, which is understandable, but quite scary when you don't know if you're going to have a job in a months time etc. Again i can't compare this to other studios.

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    "Cool place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture team that looks after you. Cool projects. People were nice.

    Cons

    not much that I could think of, I wasn't there long.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not Recommended"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures

    Pros

    Luma is cool place to start your vfx journey if you are fresh out of university or college,the good thing is you can learn more than one thing rather than just focus on one specific skills. there are some cool projects with some really talented crew.

    Cons

    Luma is look like a high school,as much as culture team trying to create cool events the idea behind hiring is to get desperate college or international students to apply and work there with cheapest possible rates.the upper management is obnoxious and snobby and as others mentioned blending into the culture of Luma takes time,you either like them so the chance to become staff is higher or you are an outcast.

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    "Cool place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Digital Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures

    Pros

    - The team is awesome. The junior, mid, and senior level artists are all really smart really talented people. - Get to work on high profile features. - Get credited on high profile features. - The HR / Culture team is a big focus for Luma. Which means as an employee you have a group of people hired to help make your time as fun as possible. Haven't really seen something like this at this level anywhere else. Fancy snack breaks everyday, trips to Fiji, pub crawls, etc. Maybe you get a little more of this at a tech giant like hooli, google, pied piper, but not in the VFX industry. - If you are an artist trying to learn more about your discipline, or other disciplines on the side, or if you are a production staffer trying to learn more about production, you have ample opportunity for that at Luma. They will throw as much your way as you can handle. - A Los Angeles facility of this size is a pretty rare beast these days.

    Cons

    - There can be stress filled long days, mostly towards the end of a show. I don't think thats avoidable in the VFX / production world. One other pro about Luma is they do the best they can to protect against that while also making sure the client is happy. Tough balancing act. At the end of the day the clients need to want to keep coming back to Luma (and they do) so there can be some dense days, but I think Luma does really try their best to make it a team effort and not have any one person or team slammed disproportionately. - Depending on how well staffed your department is you may have lots of opportunity to step up and grow, or not so much. Either way you are getting experience, but that can feel like a luck of the draw sometimes.

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