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Lionsgate Reviews

Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
51 Reviews
3.3
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Lionsgate Co-Chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lionsgate is a casual environment and does help you gain knowledge and skills about your department and industry (in 4 reviews)

  • The free screenings and free swag are also pretty nice (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The only con is long hours at the office and off clock hours (in 6 reviews)

  • The small size of the company does mean that the pay-scale is lower than at the major studios (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Friendly people but high turnover

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionsgate

    Pros

    People were very nice; lots of young employees; relaxed work environment

    Cons

    high turnover; low salaries for entry levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    lionsgate

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Lionsgate

    Pros

    smaller studio, more agile, growing

    Cons

    very old-school Hollywood structure, very top-down management style, level of talent is pretty low overall due to low salaries

  3.  

    Hardworking team with forward-thinking agenda

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Great resume builder, and way to make connections
    -Productive office environment
    -Open-minded management (mostly)
    -Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    -Middle-of-the-road pay for mid-level employees
    -Internal promotions happen but are directly dependent on personal relationships
    -Long hours, work/life balance is a struggle even in such a laid back environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    well known company on your resume

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

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    well known company, free screenings for employees, bagel fridays once a month, very casual attire, very young employee population so it feels fresh, stock is awarded to employees

    Cons

    pay is awful, there's no formal way to submit complaints, lazy and stupid coworkers make more for doing less, supervisors play favorites, executives don't care about the rank and file, company plays favorites and only invites select people to attend premieres, old office building, no holiday bonus, only one or two female executives, no minority executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    double everyone's salaries director and down, invite everyone to premieres, stop keeping overpaid and unqualified employees just because they're nice, hire more diverse leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Definitely A "Get Your Foot Through the Door" Company

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great hiring process, horrible pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    - Filled with energetic, easy to work with people
    - Laidback culture
    - Great lunch and learns for interns to get to see big Lionsgate execs give talks
    - Great food trucks in the immediate area

    Cons

    - Could be better at facilitating friendships among workers from other departments
    - Restaurant in the office is too expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have a whole lot of advice to give the management, honestly. As far as I could tell, getting in touch with management isn't difficult, as the company isn't very big, which is a great thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Financial Analyst

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more and implement better processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Start cleaning house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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