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  1. "Animator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LucasArts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to Industry leading proprietary technology and training for film making and games. Working with well known brands and characters. Surrounded by highly talented artists and engineers.

    Cons

    Hight turn over rate in leadership, floundering team morale, hard to focus on products when uncertain of companies short term future.

    Advice to Management

    Return Lucas Arts to game development for great original stories with breath taking visuals. Instead of solely relying on publishing derivative partnerships that dilute the brand.


  2. "Great people, frustrating management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing level of talent and ambition. Collaboration with other parts of Lucasfilm was amazing, if rare. Amazing campus in a beautiful location and access to the other beautiful Lucas locations was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Constantly changing management meant nobody could make decisions. Projects changed direction so often they seemed doomed to failure; smaller projects were started and immediately buried. Until the last year or so, collaboration with other parts of the organisation was difficult and extremely political; this resulted in some really disappointing technical decisions just to work around internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more and commit to decisions


  3. "Amazing Culture and People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, CA

    I worked at LucasArts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, perks and culture

    Cons

    Mediocre leadership from upper management.


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  5. "CRUNCH MADNESS (not that it matters anymore)"

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    Former Employee - AUDIO LEAD, SENIOR TECHNICAL SOUND DESIGNER in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - AUDIO LEAD, SENIOR TECHNICAL SOUND DESIGNER in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LucasArts (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with some of the most talented artists in the gaming development field who were inspiring, full of insight and passion, and truly in love with game development.

    Cons

    At least 6 months of excessive crunch on most titles. 80-100+ hour work weeks. This was entirely due to incompetent managerial decisions and clueless studio executives (all but 2..)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what game you are going to make in pre-production before you actually start development..


  6. "Great people, terrible leadership at the highest levels of LucasFilm"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most talented people in the entire indsutry

    Cons

    Disney bought the company and shut it down. It makes it tough to work...

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the company? IDK...


  7. "Amazing experience working with amazing people!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong team culture. Collaboration was great. My career growth there was especially a good experience. Always challenged, but also always had help around for support and direction. Very clear goals. I would work there again in a heart beat.

    Cons

    Tough schedules made it hard to release very high level quality products. Also, drastic schedule changes added to this issue. Although it is very hard to do, quality should always stay king.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard on the dynamic between quality - schedule - budget. Quality is king.


  8. "Great exposure to both film and game development."

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was great working with such talented artists, engineers, and vfx supervisors.

    Cons

    The exec level messaging downwards was always very guarded and unsteady.

    Advice to Management

    Some times there needs to be a hierarchy. Also, your leads need to lead, they can't just be over tasked individual contributors with no desire to manage, just saying, this was problematic.


  9. "Was one heck of a ride..."

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    Former Employee - Not Needed in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Not Needed in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing & talented team. Got to work on Star Wars.

    Cons

    Bad upper management decisions lead to its ultimate demise.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Game Programming Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    The company is a great place to learn with all of the different studios being in the same in the Presidio. You can learn from just about anyone you see walking around the building, and everyone is excited to teach you.
    Great place for a young engineer

    Cons

    The company has gone under. Unfortunately, there will not be another class of interns coming here.


  11. "Exciting company with a lot of creativity"

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

    I worked at LucasArts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company had a lot of creative talent and a great IP to work with. There was a lot of strategic vision and leverage from other Lucas companies.

    Cons

    The company went through constant changes at the President level, which left everyone running in one direction one year, and in a completely different direction the next.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the transition to Disney works well for everyone left.


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