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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for, especially if you're a Star Wars fan."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Nicasio, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Nicasio, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of Star Wars swag, opportunity to work with some of the best in the biz, beautiful offices, generous xmas gifts, cool company parties

    Cons

    Some Difficult personalities, long hours, and major egos, kinda low pay compared to other companies within the industry. Can be competitive between coworkers

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a chance for promotions from within, rather than hiring outside employees to fill new positions


  2. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Maple Valley, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Maple Valley, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and people.

    Cons

    Not really any I can think of!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Best working experience of my career."

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

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Beautiful grounds/offices
    - One-of-a-kind culture... super friendly co-workers, managers that trusted you to do what was expected, lots of cool surprise perks
    - Exciting projects that created an all-in mentality
    - Opportunities existed to move around the studio and projects

    Cons

    - Pay seemed a bit low for the area, but management often worked on finding ways to promote hard workers
    - It ended far too soon


  4. "animator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lucasfilm Animation full-time

    Pros

    super fun place to work

    Cons

    low pay and project is always the same


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm Animation full-time

    Pros

    Good employee, creative fun environment

    Cons

    Occasion long and stressful crunch time


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Creative, Magical, Eye-Opening and Cheap!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture of creative, driven people who love what they do and believe in it. The environment is fun, beautiful, and homey. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and you never know what cool thing will be next!

    Cons

    The pay. Their hourly is grossly under the quality of work being done. They pay low because they know you want to work there -who doesn't want to work for Lucas! They do not use salary as an incentive, some of the artists were paid $18 an hour to be creating the bulk of a show.

    Advice to Management

    Management was organized and driven for success. They have an open-door policy and are willing to problem solve. Great team.


  7. "Very exciting place to work, learn, and play!"

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the project, the place.

    Cons

    Advancing in your career within the studio is unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Better time management, lets be a little more fair with salary.

  8. "3D Story Animator"

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    Former Employee - 3D Story Artist in Nicasio, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Story Artist in Nicasio, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team of artists and friends

    Cons

    Management was terrible: 3 layers of micromanagement when the only one really responsible was each team episodic director. Internal bureaucracy made the flow of information stagnant and difficult to go through departments. Overall tendency from management to compartmentalize information in order to keep their "primadonnas' " role and control with no interest whatsoever in making it a fun and transparent work environment.

    Advice to Management

    None that can pass censorship


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great talent and location, lack of long term vision"

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

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

    Pros

    The people on the ground at LAL are some of the best around, and able to accomplish high level animation while keeping work live balance in a reasonable place

    Cons

    Lucasfilm lacks long term vision and is too secretive about future projects, namely they didnt have any

    Advice to Management

    Waiting on GWL for ideas was your ultimate downfall


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No Growth"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Nicasio, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Director in Nicasio, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great long term job for people who want stability and have a family
    - they bend over backwards so you can have a proper time off
    - very nice people
    - peaceful place

    Cons

    - limited growth in terms of learning and sharpening your skills
    - limited growth in terms of promotion and career advancement
    - not very nice recruiters
    - very top heavy management (your raise is determined by the president of the company even if you are just a technical assistant)
    - very tough to get more than a 4% raise

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees
    - pay people a decent wage
    - provide them free overtime that's not boxed at trader joe's


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