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Industrial Light & Magic Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • Doesn't keep up with cost of living in San Francisco (in 6 reviews)

  • salary is low compared to other studios and to live in San Francisco they are way too low (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Best CGI company"

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    Former Employee - Compositor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Compositor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has some of the best people in the business, and despite what you know, there is always someone who you can learn from.

    Cons

    End of project crunch times can be quiet demanding.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing People, Tough Hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Work with the some of the most talented folks in the industry, who also happen to be wonderful, fun, supportive human beings. Benefits are top-notch (Disney pass, private screenings). Clothes/hair/tattoos - can do whatever you want, very casual. Very fun annual company events, as well.

    Cons

    Heavy OT can lead to very long days; work/life balance can be a struggle. Certain positions undervalued and underpaid. Advancement can also be slow.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Treats employees nice because the hours can be killer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice benefits on a beautiful campus with top talents all around. They bring food if you work late or weekends.

    Cons

    The ot hours can be grueling. They want you to work at any branch but SF. Full time employment in SF is not likely. Mostly project based minus a few core staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent lacking and messy"

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    Current Employee - Undervalued in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Undervalued in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable office space with free coffee and biscuits.

    Cons

    I found the studio to be Incompetent and dysfunctional, the pipeline is left wanting and much to be desired. Out of date.

    Robotic factory culture and the movies and VFX are not what they use to be. After Star Wars there's not a lot left. Best avoided and look for a respectable alternative

    Vfxcw

    Advice to Management

    Display a backbone to clients.
    Innovation


  5. "Concept Artist"

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    Current Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Although the wages are low the work environment is great. The experience gained is worth it in my opinion. Good luck!

    Cons

    Low wages. It's not the best place to work if you need an income over 100 k. Still a great place.


  6. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Rotoscope Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Rotoscope Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great city. Relaxing setting. Nice staff. Beautiful company. Nice projects to work on.

    Cons

    Parking is bad. Living near the company is high in price. Food is high. People are in a hurry. Traffic is always in a hurry.


  7. "Long Days - Talented People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Talent, dedicated colleagues. The best in the business.

    Cons

    Long work hours - plenty of stress.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "ILM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - lots of benefits and perks
    - run by women
    - beautiful campus
    - looks great on your resume
    - you can find some of the best artists in the world here

    Cons

    - legacy software hindering advancement
    - too many politics
    - advancement nearly impossible
    - pay does not keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living in the bay area


  9. "Good company. Struggling industry in CA."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Best in the business.

    Cons

    Crunch time all the time.


  10. "Great working environment and people"

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

    I worked at Industrial Light & Magic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Felt listened to by management and was happy with pay raises. Would go back if the opportunity arises.

    Cons

    Not too much room for advancement.


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