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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. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Low risk and great for families but look elsewhere if you have ambition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Incredibly social, diverse, talented, and active people to work with
    - Absolutely beautiful campus
    - Robust internal wiki of learning anything you want about different production pipelines throughout the Lucas umbrella
    - Director of the show is very energetic, positive, and uplifting to be around
    - Parties are thrown every week or so for releases, meetings, and special events
    - Access to all the campuses and stores (Skywaker, Presidio, Big Rock) with wonderful staff
    - Enrichment classes offered by the best in the field are available free to all employees
    - Meet and comfortably mingle with celebrities and industry icons on a daily basis
    - An unbelievable theater experience every week for upcoming movies releases at Skywalker Ranch

    Cons

    - Management excessively micromanages, shows indecisiveness, employs passive aggressive conversation styles with employees, and has a knack for turning small problems into large ones by approaching all issues systematically without room for common sense
    - General self praise given from seniority blatantly overlooks the elephant in the room that everyone sees
    - Big Rock Ranch offices were initially designed for the business end of Lucasfilm, so it has a very closed and corporate feel to it, unlike other studio designs that foster creativity and interaction between production staff
    - Very expensive to eat on site. Besides bringing a lunch, you have no options nearby. It's supposed to be subsidized yet it's as expensive as stadium food
    - Absolute refusal from management to spend any money on their employees' happiness and to help reduce everyday financial burdens
    - Raises, even annual ones supposedly built-in, are very hard to come by and advancing within the company is nearly impossible due to jobs being moved to overseas
    - Very long and expensive commute if you opt to live outside of Marin county in order to have a social life after work
    - Morale is increasingly dismal as seen by just walking through the hallways
    - No free food, no free transportation, no free gym, no free bridge toll, and many internal costs... it's actually a heavy strain on the budget to simply work here.
    - More care goes into the Lucas estates than the care of the employees
    - Creativity is put on the back burner when you are hired. The spark of trying something new is aggressively frowned upon, even as the company is still taking form

    Advice to Management

    Generic praise, excessive micromanagement, and an unwillingness to budget money to provide free services, which are common at competing studios and similar industries, isn't the way to build and keep your talent base. Bringing in a food truck every so often doesn't actually conceal the fact that people are unhappy knowing they could be much better off elsewhere.

    George Lucas is a business genius and marketing visionary that has set up a very profitable company for decades to come, but many of the people responsible for helping him keep the company strong are clearly not cut from the same cloth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "may the force be strong with you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    if you believe in the force this place is for you. lots of talented people to learn from. lots of licensing giveaways

    Cons

    it's run rogue. make sure you befriend to right people in order to survive. remember you work for the empire.


  9. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    wonderful place to work on the ranch

    Cons

    no communication, not even money

    Advice to Management

    communication


  10. 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


  11. "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


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