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    Low risk and great for families but look elsewhere if you have ambition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Lucasfilm Animation

    Pros

    - Incredibly social, diverse, talented, and active people to work with
    - Absolutely beautiful campus
    - Robust internal wiki of learning anything you want about different production pipelines throughout the Lucas umbrella
    - Director of the show is very energetic, positive, and uplifting to be around
    - Parties are thrown every week or so for releases, meetings, and special events
    - Access to all the campuses and stores (Skywaker, Presidio, Big Rock) with wonderful staff
    - Enrichment classes offered by the best in the field are available free to all employees
    - Meet and comfortably mingle with celebrities and industry icons on a daily basis
    - An unbelievable theater experience every week for upcoming movies releases at Skywalker Ranch

    Cons

    - Management excessively micromanages, shows indecisiveness, employs passive aggressive conversation styles with employees, and has a knack for turning small problems into large ones by approaching all issues systematically without room for common sense
    - General self praise given from seniority blatantly overlooks the elephant in the room that everyone sees
    - Big Rock Ranch offices were initially designed for the business end of Lucasfilm, so it has a very closed and corporate feel to it, unlike other studio designs that foster creativity and interaction between production staff
    - Very expensive to eat on site. Besides bringing a lunch, you have no options nearby. It's supposed to be subsidized yet it's as expensive as stadium food
    - Absolute refusal from management to spend any money on their employees' happiness and to help reduce everyday financial burdens
    - Raises, even annual ones supposedly built-in, are very hard to come by and advancing within the company is nearly impossible due to jobs being moved to overseas
    - Very long and expensive commute if you opt to live outside of Marin county in order to have a social life after work
    - Morale is increasingly dismal as seen by just walking through the hallways
    - No free food, no free transportation, no free gym, no free bridge toll, and many internal costs... it's actually a heavy strain on the budget to simply work here.
    - More care goes into the Lucas estates than the care of the employees
    - Creativity is put on the back burner when you are hired. The spark of trying something new is aggressively frowned upon, even as the company is still taking form

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generic praise, excessive micromanagement, and an unwillingness to budget money to provide free services, which are common at competing studios and similar industries, isn't the way to build and keep your talent base. Bringing in a food truck every so often doesn't actually conceal the fact that people are unhappy knowing they could be much better off elsewhere.

    George Lucas is a business genius and marketing visionary that has set up a very profitable company for decades to come, but many of the people responsible for helping him keep the company strong are clearly not cut from the same cloth.

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