Lucasfilm Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people, great location, lots of talent, (in 7 reviews)

  • The company has an incredible legacy to uphold; Star Wars is a tough IP to beat (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay that is nowhere near industry standard (in 5 reviews)

  • Incompetent senior management who don't understand the businesses they are in (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Fantastic Ride

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Lucasfilm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Note that I'm giving this review for pre-Disney Lucasfilm, as I left around the time that Disney was starting to make changes to the culture of Lucasfilm
    - Great Work/Life Balance
    - Mostly great upper management
    - Great Benefits
    - Fabulous campus, access to parks/bridge/Marina
    - Great Classes and company-sponsored events

    Cons

    - Less pay than peers, as they feel they are compensating you with the glory of working for Star Wars
    - Absolute pain to commute there. Build a subway from downtown already!
    - Not a lot of parking
    - Now owned by Disney, which is slaughtering the benefits and "small company" feel
    - If you work for ILM as an artist, then the hours can be terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ILM - the people get burnt out so fast, and have almost zero morale.

  2. Great culture, benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    Lucas was a great place to be employed. The culture was fantastic and it was great working with a such creative minds for the time that I was there.

    Cons

    There was not a lot of opportunity for movement as most people stayed with the company for decades.

  3. Amazing...

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    Former Intern - Desktup Support Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Desktup Support Technician in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working conditions, and awesome people. It was amazing to be surrounded by original props from films and games from my childhood -- while rubbing elbows with the best in the industry. The Presidio is beautiful and the food and catering options delicious. Everyone works together to create the best, whether it is the IT support to Technical Directors. Opportunities for lateral movement within the company is great. There are also lots of great opportunities outside of work - Parties at Skywalker Ranch, inter-company softball league, coding challenges, etc.

    Cons

    Not sure how things are since being sold to Disney, and LucasArts being shutdown... Just the idea of no more LucasArts is still depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where the company started, and the great things outside of the Star Wars IP -- Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, Indiana Jones, Full Throttle. So many things to capitalize on outside of Star Wars!

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  5. good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lucasfilm

    Pros

    george lucas, good quality work

    Cons

    competitive- not too many cons

  6. Helpful (1)

    I learned more about what it takes to run a company, much less a film company, at Lucasfilm.

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    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are friendly, the surroundings were comfortable, the amenities are first class, compensation was fair, as were the benefits. Outstanding Christmas gifts!

    Cons

    Upper management was a bit distant, and not communicable. Unfocused direction in certain departments. Recognition and promotion were rather difficult to achieve. Inflexibility with exploring new avenues of revenue and company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, more communication. Recognition of lower management and the "grunts" for maintaining day to day unglamorous tasks.

  7. Sr. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People, Product, and Innovation. Well rounded company with history of hard earned achievements.

    Cons

    Low to change longstanding processes.

  8. Lucasfilm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Located in the Presidio with a beautiful view of the Bay.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Lucasfilm.

  9. Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch colleagues, offices, and work all associated with the Lucasfilm franchises of Star Wars and Indiana Jones! True small company, family atmosphere.

    Cons

    No equity compensation but that is made up for by a higher base salary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams small and focused, and keep those offices forever!

  10. The best internship experience ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing/PR Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Marketing/PR Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internship experience.
    You work with the brightest and best talents in the industry.
    The internship program has been set up really well. The Jedi Academy has a lot of activities that involve other interns to interact with each other.
    The people in the departments include you in their meetings and value your opinion. I truly felt part of the team.

    Cons

    There are some politics that you get to witness. While you do see the tension, it is a good experience since you can see what it would feel like to work in a corporate environment.

  11. Great place to work with thoughtful leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team culture, IP, location, location, location, parties
    The people are amazing

    Cons

    pay
    bonus
    holidays
    food is too good so you gain weight

    Advice to Management

    Be more bold

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