Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated May 2, 2021

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Industrial Light & Magic President and General Manager Lynwen Brennan
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65 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great projects, free disneyland tickets(in 14 reviews)

  • "Great people, talented artists, high end projects(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "It's long hours, but we all know what we are getting into(in 8 reviews)

  • "I don't think they get the same standard of training as San Francisco(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      ILM is still badass

      Apr 28, 2021 - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      You're working for the best in the field ... and Star Wars ... and Disney!

      Cons

      Hard to advance in the hierarchy

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Innovative past and lofty idealism + toxic work culture, low pay and long hours

      May 2, 2021 - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Talented people, cutting edge tools, often high profile projects, incredible history, you will be surrounded by props and reminders of ILM's golden age.

      Cons

      Low pay for the bay area, management is toxic and exceedingly political and divisive with the worst offenders frequently rising to the top roles. Speaking out is discouraged and those that do face being ousted and blacklisted. Employment is transient with most roles being contract. As a result workers are expendable and treated poorly. Even full time employees can be asked to take unpaid leave during slow times. Opportunities for career and pay growth are limited in such a environment.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great People

      Apr 20, 2021 - Associate Producer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great, creative people who are at the top of their game

      Cons

      Crazy work deadlines - long hours.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Movies in the bay

      Mar 19, 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - working on great films from the bay area

      Cons

      - long hours - inattentive management

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Its a good place to work and salary are nice...

      Feb 25, 2021 - Senior Vfx Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are many creative people to work around

      Cons

      Some tough deadlines and overtimes

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fun for a month or two

      Feb 24, 2021 - Production Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      cool projects, nice campus, there is a path up... but a difficult one.

      Cons

      extremely long hours, low pay, disrespectful production co workers and leaders who find any possible way to be critical and throw you under the bus. Your experience will be better as an artist though.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Prod

      Mar 1, 2021 - Production 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Talented artists 2. Reputation 3. Location 4. Facility 5. Inspiring projects

      Cons

      Pay Very gossipy Less opportunities for advancement

      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Magic Industries

      Feb 1, 2021 - Dietary Aide in Victoria, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work friendly good environment when heat stress and coldness plus rain DCP decently indoors. Bonuses refine

      Cons

      You're going to get fired if you miss a day of work that's about the only, that's everybody's like me

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      It's great!

      Dec 4, 2020 - Senior FX Technical Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone you work with is great

      Cons

      Wish the physical campus was open!

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Overworked & underpaid production staff

      Oct 7, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cool project and cutting edge

      Cons

      Around the clock hours, demanding clients, know it all co-workers.

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