Lionsgate Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Nice people but Political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the big picture, Lionsgate is still a fledgling studio. This has proved good and bad for workplace environment. Overall some pluses are the people. People at Lionsgate overall have a team player attitude and are friendly and enjoyable to work with. Great location (next to the Water Garden/HBO/Viacom) in Santa Monica and management supports a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little standardization (though this is changing) for performance metrics and measurement from department to department and boss to boss. This makes things very political as people take note of who does what and who gets promoted when. Also, the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate merger created 2 of everything when the companies merged. Most of the duplicate positions/teams have been eliminated (by layoffs) but there remains a weird vibe from the top. Also, hard to be promoted from within and pay in the entry level and middle level positions is not comparable to other studios and large entertainment companies.

    Advice to Management

    be less greedy

  2. Work you to death but wont pay you.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionsgate

    Pros

    Busy company. Always something to do. Nice people.

    Cons

    They will not pay you for you worth.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Bi-Polar Company...often fun and laid back until stressed executives go into panic mode. Overall...mostly good people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly good people. Fun, jovial atmosphere. Relaxed dress code. Free movies and early screenings. Prestigious name for resume. Good location in Santa Monica...away from craziness of downtown Century City / Hollywood.

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance. Executives have little empathy for others' time, and even if you're getting off before 7pm, you're often expected to remain attached to your cell phone and email until midnight. Many people don't understand the communication priority hierarchy of whether to email / text / or call based on how urgent something is and will criticize you for not responding to an email they sent at 8pm until the next morning. And then others just don't understand that some things aren't really that urgent and will call you after work hours for something that could have waited until the morning. Hiring / promotions primarily based on nepotism, and if your boss isn't willing to actively engage HR, you better go around them straight to the hiring department because HR kisses the ring and clocks out at 6pm while half the company works until 7-9pm. Some tax and finance people are especially buried in work and often work until midnight. HR hiring managers are more concerned with getting executives' relatives and friends into positions rather than helping loyal employees promote.

    Advice to Management

    We make movies and television...ENTERTAINMENT...we are not running a trauma center or some other urgent 24 hour service. Your bonuses are larger than a lot of assistants' and coordinators' annual salaries. Please have some empathy for our lives and meager salaries.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Definitely A "Get Your Foot Through the Door" Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool perks (like their rideshare system, where you get free movie tickets if you carpool with coworkers to work). Very casual environment. Everyone is super friendly and the company promotes a social environment. There are also unlimited sick days and you get winter break in December.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible in relationship to the amount of work that they expect you to do. They don't often (if ever) promote within and climbing up is a long ways to go.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff and push to move them up the ladder if you want the company to succeed. Constantly letting people go or not fighting for them to stay will only endanger the company towards an unstable work force.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great hiring process, horrible pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was brought on by a really nice guy who helped me get in the door after interviewing at a million places. I got the offer within 3 weeks of going through the interview process and was ecstatic. Benefits start after 30 days which are great! OH and let me tell you the freebies you get are quite cool.

    Cons

    This is the sad part, compensation is lacking 15k under market value and you literally get thrown into the fire with all the work you get.

    Advice to Management

    PAY us what we deserve for the work we do. It's really poor of management to rack in the big bucks while everyone below suffers.

  7. Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -A very relaxed, friendly company that is trying to gear it's company culture towards the youth.
    -Paid Healthplan, you pay virtually nothing except copay for medical insurance
    -Lots of paid vacation days and half days throughout the year
    -Company facilitates career change within the company
    -HR department is amazing. Very responsive and works hard with the little resources they have.

    Cons

    -Salary levels are about 10K-20K under market value
    -High turnover rate of entry level due to low pay and stubborn senior management
    -Lack of management or process innovation
    -Bad communication and technology integration
    -There use to be more perks, but as the company grows so do the events and perks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and implement better processes

  8. Get in, get your title, and then get out...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to get your feet wet. No one actually wants a career at Lionsgate. Some friendly co-workers who aren't ego-driven. Great place to move up the ranks with a heightened job title but good luck knowing anything about that job at another studio.

    Cons

    Long hours, after a Summit Entertainment merge the HR still can't figure out how to create a better office environment with employees satisfaction. Minimal pay, long hours, heightened titles with no knowledge of actual job performance. Office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Start cleaning house.

  9. Great step in the industry, but maybe need more insight?

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    Former Intern - Internship in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Internship in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Lionsgate as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very casual environment, gave a lot of effort to get people to understand the innerworkings of a the industry. Many people very interested in getting to talk to the interns and helping them understand. Free screenings!

    Cons

    Unpaid, sometimes had to rely on your own interest to find things to do. Seemingly long hours for an unpaid internship. Some people were very unhelpful in talking to interns - looked down on us

    Advice to Management

    Management was only visible when they came for big meetings. Maybe have a way to get interns to interact with them? (unless this has changed)

  10. Lionsgate provides a lot of opportunity to learn and an enormous amount of responsibility.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wide variety of knowledge will be learned. Fun company events, adequate vacation, most people are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Very political, not enough compensation for the amount of work and title.

  11. Very flexible but it can get pretty routined.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Lionsgate as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Great employee benefits.

    Cons

    Don't get to explore outside of department. Very corporate-feel.

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