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Lionsgate Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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Pros
  • you will learn a LOT, and most of the company is based out of the same office so lots of people to meet and talk to (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people and a variety of projects to work on (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of work to be done with opportunities for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, discounts, perks. Employees of all levels get the opportunity to work on projects and work with higher-ups. Multiple performance convos per year to hold employees and supervisors accountable on goals and intentions. Tools for success are available for those that want/ask for it.

    Cons

    It can feel like headcount hasn't been able to catch up with changes and acquisitions. It's an exciting place to work but is very fast paced and new hires seem to be thrown right in. There is way more to learn about the company than can fit into a single day / hour. Would love ongoing education and training opportunities for entry to mid-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that employees are working long hours and that will not change but the company can help improve the experience. Consider flex time, telecommuting opportunities, additional vacation accruals, or stock kitchens with healthy snacks / food in office to show support for those that put in the long hours day after day.


  2. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to c-level executives, endless opportunities to learn and grow as the company grows, stellar colleagues, great benefits, Summer Friday half days (huge plus), tuition reimbursement. Overall, Lionsgate is a very special place that affords unique opportunities to work on high-level projects and gain invaluable experience. The company has a fantastic reputation and people typically say working here is like earning a mini MBA.

    Cons

    Many people over here are overworked, Lionsgate has outgrown itself in many ways including processes that make it difficult to get the job done. (e.g. booking travel is a complete nightmare.)

    Pay is still way below the talent market so I see colleagues get poached from competitors on a regular basis, which is a shame. I've seen 5 people leave in the past month alone and I have competitors reaching out to me 3-4 times a year for opportunities that pay at least 20K more. I have amazing relationships with my boss and mentors here and continue to learn a ton, which is why I continue to stay. This becomes more of a struggle each passing year. You really have to know your value and fight for yourself here.

    Advice to Management

    To procure and maintain top talent, you have to pay top talent market rates. If you want to compete with competing studios, you have to take a serious look at pay rates and make adjustments accordingly. I cannot stress enough how important it is to make the employees feel valued and to pay them what they are worth. Please keep doing things like Summer Fridays and I suggest instituting policies that encourage telecommuting. Even little perks that cost no money would go a LONG way. The company culture in general has improved and I am optimistic things will continue to improve.

  3. "Vice President, Business Affairs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial environment, aggressive business environment, tons of really smart and savvy executives, strong distribution, television and film businesses and competitive atmosphere

    Cons

    Not a lot of internal synergy between departments

    Advice to Management

    Exert strong leadership and protect your junior execs from senior political battles


  4. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Publicity and Promotions Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Publicity and Promotions Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn - many opportunities given
    Great people
    Lots of room for growth and improvement

    Cons

    Often times over-worked
    Poor work-life balance at times
    Poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation


  5. "Decent company with little growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lionsgate part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice, laid back atmosphere. Friendly group of people to work with.

    Cons

    People tend to stay at thier jobs for a long time. Many executive positions, with little opportunities for lower level employees to move up.


  6. "Lionsgate is a stellar company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lionsgate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Department was packed with new projects. People were very friendly. If you can find a way to add value to your position, you can move up quickly.

    Cons

    The pay is low but industry standard. Room to grow but takes a lot of time to move up. People stay in the same position for 2+ years before new opportunity presents itself naturally.


  7. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience and overall involvement is great and makes me sure that I want to be in this industry. It is what you make it but it is not hard to get involved. Accommodate for interns very easily.

    Cons

    Not very much to say here besides maybe the cold temperature in the office. But really, bring a jacket if you get cold often because it's freezing in the office.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Tribeca Shortlist - A Mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lionsgate (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great HR dept.

    Cons

    Fear-based operation. CEO does not communicate to team. Middle management hires based on fear and not experience - hires wrong people for the jobs. Huge power grabs by middle management happening because CEO is so ineffective. Eight women in both upper and lower management either quit or were laid off in less than a one year time period. No one in upper management is inspiring or has true self-less leadership abilities. For a start up, operates like an old person with dementia, so afraid to experiment and create new business opportunities. Silo work style.

    Advice to Management

    Hustle. Talk to employees more than once a week. Take management classes and learn new ways to communicate. Operate more like a start up and less like a company. Inspire people away from the negativity. Have an open door policy for inter-personal problems. Stop hiring crazy people. Take chances with the product, experiment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lionsgate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great (401K, Dental, Health, Vision, tuition reimbursement)

    Cons

    Staff are underpaid, not much of a company culture, and position titles are inflated.

    Advice to Management

    Work with staff to treat them better.


  10. "A Stop, not a Destination"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lionsgate (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's certainly nice to work at a major independent studio. It's not so big that the separate departments aren't familiar with one another, but the future of the studio isn't riding on one or two projects, either.

    Cons

    It may have been because my department was smaller/not used to having interns, but I did not get a great look at the nuts and bolts of development and acquisitions. About 90% of my time was spent at my desk, reading scripts and providing coverage. I sat in on one acquisition meeting where actual greenlit projects were discussed, but I did not feel like I had much impact. If you are looking for an internship that will lead to employment, this is not the position for you.

    Advice to Management

    It may have been because I was an intern during the Spring period, but it felt like I didn't really see interns from other departments outside of Lunch and Learns. It would be nice to organize some networking events/mixers outside of the office (if you can find the money for it) to help your interns build a network with one another.


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