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It's nice but what's up with the politics and management?

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

I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- Decent salaries and benefits.
- Great location in the Presidio.
- A lot of good co-workers (non-management), willing to help you out.
- Most of the time it's engaging work.
- Pretty cool to say you work for "Star Wars".

Cons

- Micromanagement from the boss.
- Unprofessional bosses - temper tantrums, swearing, criticizing other employees (and sometimes even *their* managers) to you, constant complaining that they don't have enough time to do their work (same with us but you don't see us complaining!)
- Very political (considering we're not working on Capitol Hill.)
- Not much growth opportunity.
- Too much work, not enough time.
- No credit for your work sometimes or the boss takes the credit for it.
- Managers who make themselves look good at the expense of the employee.
- Unclear communication from the boss and then they blame you if things go wrong.
- Bad communication between different departments resulting in last-minute emergencies, duplication of jobs, missed deadlines.
- Slow to get things done. Less talking and meetings, more doing.
- Not given the proper tools to do your job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You know it has to be a truism if everyone is saying the same thing. So much of the problem is management (from high up to the smallest department level.) When employees meet around the water cooler, 50% of the time it's to vent about our bosses because we feel we can't go talk to HR without fear of some kind of subtle reprisal.

Stop being so controlling and trust that you have hired good, competent people who can do their jobs without needing management looking over their shoulder.

Support your employees and treat them fairly instead of being the "big boss" and wanting things always your way. It's not always the best way.

In a recent articles from Forbes:
Bad bosses destroy our health.
Bad bosses undermine our success.
Bad bosses cost money.

Don't be a bad boss.

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  1.  

    Pretty great as a first job

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lucasfilm as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of connections to people who are in the industry. I am glad that I got this opportunity to meet so many people.

    Cons

    It seems that most of the employees find it a great job except there is always a sense that they feel they could be given more respect by management and that they are considered disposable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good to know I'm not the only one who found it miserable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Until the late 2000s, Lucasfilm had a GREAT environment, really respectful, really collaborative, really fun. Then, it changed. Here are the only "pro's" I can think of:

    *Great views at the gym and cafeteria at Presidio
    *Fun to go to Skywalker Ranch
    *Very pretty campuses
    *Decent salaries
    *Co-workers who feel they are in the same boat

    Cons

    Here are the con's:
    *Paranoid
    *Unfriendly senior management (though I met George and he's very nice)
    *Incompetent senior management who don't understand the businesses they are in
    *A focus on finances--a bad sign at a company with dwindling business prospects
    *Not very good food at the cafeteria
    *A culture of distrust and silo mentality
    *Over-reliance on one single aspect of the business, namely Star Wars
    *Lack of transparency into their other businesses like SkySound and ILM
    *Completely convoluted management and business structure
    *Paranoia, paranoia, paranoia, paranoia!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change.

    Fast.

    And change your management team while you're at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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