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LucasArts Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, terrible leadership at the highest levels of LucasFilm

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Most talented people in the entire indsutry

    Cons

    Disney bought the company and shut it down. It makes it tough to work...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the company? IDK...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing experience working with amazing people!

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    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong team culture. Collaboration was great. My career growth there was especially a good experience. Always challenged, but also always had help around for support and direction. Very clear goals. I would work there again in a heart beat.

    Cons

    Tough schedules made it hard to release very high level quality products. Also, drastic schedule changes added to this issue. Although it is very hard to do, quality should always stay king.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard on the dynamic between quality - schedule - budget. Quality is king.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great exposure to both film and game development.

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    It was great working with such talented artists, engineers, and vfx supervisors.

    Cons

    The exec level messaging downwards was always very guarded and unsteady.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some times there needs to be a hierarchy. Also, your leads need to lead, they can't just be over tasked individual contributors with no desire to manage, just saying, this was problematic.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Game Programming Intern

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    Former Employee - Gameplay Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Gameplay Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is a great place to learn with all of the different studios being in the same in the Presidio. You can learn from just about anyone you see walking around the building, and everyone is excited to teach you.
    Great place for a young engineer

    Cons

    The company has gone under. Unfortunately, there will not be another class of interns coming here.

  6.  

    Was one heck of a ride...

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    Former Employee - Not Needed in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Not Needed in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing & talented team. Got to work on Star Wars.

    Cons

    Bad upper management decisions lead to its ultimate demise.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting company with a lot of creativity

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

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company had a lot of creative talent and a great IP to work with. There was a lot of strategic vision and leverage from other Lucas companies.

    Cons

    The company went through constant changes at the President level, which left everyone running in one direction one year, and in a completely different direction the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the transition to Disney works well for everyone left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resume fodder for all levels of employees - including company presidents.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Working with renown Lucasfilm properties (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Full throttle, Sam and Max, Star Wars, Clone Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.).
    - Office campus location.
    - Extremely talented, creative people.
    - Movie, game, and swag perks.

    Cons

    - Low pay.
    - Poor retention of talent.
    - Poorly managed product development schedules (planning unrealistic time frames with 60+ hour weeks expected/accepted, planning to fail to meet deadlines/criteria).
    - Fear of confrontation allows unproductive employees to be shuffled between teams, indefinitely.
    - Too many meetings interrupt workflow (no work gets done because teams are continuously in meetings discussing how much work needs to get done).
    - Managers are unavailable because they are in meetings. Subordinates are forced to run the departments and make decisions to avoid prolonged downtime, then explain (email) to manager what their department is doing.
    - Constant miscommunication between internal & external teams, management, senior management, etc.
    - Time consuming employee appraisals/evaluations which have no apparent relation to merit increases (5-25 cents per hour pay increase, every few years).
    - Length of job title and responsibilities increase quickly, but pay does not.
    - "Who's President this week?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After spending the time to hire, train, and equip dedicated employees, spend the money to retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    very outdated

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    Former Intern - Art Director
    Former Intern - Art Director

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    not so great opportunity for appeal to public

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    breakfast, free movies, talented people

    Cons

    very political, stay in the same job without ways to be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rotate employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at LucasArts was a highlight of my career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    LucasArts had a huge wealth of friendly, top industry talent and was a fantastic place to work.
    The company culture was collaborative, respectful and fun.
    The unreleased games in development during the last couple of years were of top quality.

    Cons

    During my time at LucasArts a number of major company leadership and direction changes were made within a relatively short time period which made planning challenging and ultimately led to several cancelled projects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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