Lucasfilm Animation Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
11 Reviews

3.4
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  1.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time

    Pros

    Good employee, creative fun environment

    Cons

    Occasion long and stressful crunch time

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Creative, Magical, Eye-Opening and Cheap!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent culture of creative, driven people who love what they do and believe in it. The environment is fun, beautiful, and homey. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and you never know what cool thing will be next!

    Cons

    The pay. Their hourly is grossly under the quality of work being done. They pay low because they know you want to work there -who doesn't want to work for Lucas! They do not use salary as an incentive, some of the artists were paid $18 an hour to be creating the bulk of a show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was organized and driven for success. They have an open-door policy and are willing to problem solve. Great team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very exciting place to work, learn, and play!

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    Former Employee - Artist  in  San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, the project, the place.

    Cons

    Advancing in your career within the studio is unlikely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better time management, lets be a little more fair with salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    3D Story Animator

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    Former Employee - 3D Story Artist  in  Nicasio, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Story Artist in Nicasio, CA

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team of artists and friends

    Cons

    Management was terrible: 3 layers of micromanagement when the only one really responsible was each team episodic director. Internal bureaucracy made the flow of information stagnant and difficult to go through departments. Overall tendency from management to compartmentalize information in order to keep their "primadonnas' " role and control with no interest whatsoever in making it a fun and transparent work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that can pass censorship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great talent and location, lack of long term vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people on the ground at LAL are some of the best around, and able to accomplish high level animation while keeping work live balance in a reasonable place

    Cons

    Lucasfilm lacks long term vision and is too secretive about future projects, namely they didnt have any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Waiting on GWL for ideas was your ultimate downfall

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No Growth

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    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director  in  Nicasio, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Nicasio, CA

    I have been working at Lucasfilm Animation

    Pros

    - Great long term job for people who want stability and have a family
    - they bend over backwards so you can have a proper time off
    - very nice people
    - peaceful place

    Cons

    - limited growth in terms of learning and sharpening your skills
    - limited growth in terms of promotion and career advancement
    - not very nice recruiters
    - very top heavy management (your raise is determined by the president of the company even if you are just a technical assistant)
    - very tough to get more than a 4% raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Invest in your employees
    - pay people a decent wage
    - provide them free overtime that's not boxed at trader joe's

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    may the force be strong with you

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

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation

    Pros

    if you believe in the force this place is for you. lots of talented people to learn from. lots of licensing giveaways

    Cons

    it's run rogue. make sure you befriend to right people in order to survive. remember you work for the empire.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    ok

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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

    wonderful place to work on the ranch

    Cons

    no communication, not even money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good technical knowledge, without a good salary

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    Current Employee - Technical Assistant
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant

    I have been working at Lucasfilm Animation

    Pros

    Good technical knowledge.
    Well known company in the industry.
    Possible opportunities to go for overseas exchanges.
    Wide variety of people and culture.
    Working hard and playing hard.
    Managers that show concern for your well being.

    Cons

    The pay is very low compare to other similar industries that deal with computer graphics, such as the simulation industry.
    The amount of paid annual leave given is very little.
    No clear career progression timeline.
    Total package is not as good as other companies,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide higher pay or bonuses to your employees. Knowing that you are getting lower than what you should be getting is real demoralizing.
    Be fair to those who are able to display their skills and experience. It is very demoralizing when a fresh graduate or someone who does not do well is able to promote faster than a person who has more experience or has better performance, just because the person that had been promoted had been in that position for a longer time.

    No opinion of CEO

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