Lucasfilm Reviews | Glassdoor

Lucasfilm Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
103 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kathleen Kennedy
19 Ratings

103 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Work life balance is very good (unless you're on a deadline project from hell - which happens) (in 7 reviews)

  • Great location in San Francisco (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay, not even close to Bay Area standards (in 6 reviews)

  • There is not much else creatively but Star Wars (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture of Lucasfilm is like no other studio I've worked at yet. Even though the studio was purchased by Disney, it still feels like they attempt to hold onto things that made the culture great in the days of George. Though the Disney culture can be seen slowly taking over, things like the annual 4th of July picnic, trivia night, and other things harken back to the feel of before.
    The employees who are in the trenches, doing the work, are some of the most passionate and talented people I've worked with.

    Cons

    In the process of becoming a true movie studio again, there are some growing pains in regards to upper management. It can feel like there is a disconnect between middle management and the executives, especially with some of them living outside of San Francisco and spending so little time on site.
    It seems like the Disney way is taking hold in that executives are being promoted and taking on more responsibility, creating larger and larger voids that are not being filled. Extra responsibility is being offloaded onto middle management and below, without properly recognizing their struggles and successes.

    Advice to Management

    As you go through these times of change, dont forget to look to within for leadership and innovation. There are scores of talented people working for you who would love the chance to step up and show you what they can do.


  2. "OK"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great offices in a great location in a great city.

    Cons

    Not enough communication dept to dept.

  3. "good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    you are the best workers ever

    Cons

    the best work iv ever seen

    Advice to Management

    no advice your perfect


  4. "Dir Consumer Insights"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic franchise, always makes the world smile

    Cons

    Owned by a large matrixed organization


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Prestige, consistency and fear"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Concept Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Concept Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The product is loved and there is a lot of recognition among friends and family.
    Highest skill/professionalism in co-workers. Everyone is a top tier pro.

    Cons

    No room for mistakes. Fear of executive presence. No perks compared to other entertainment companies. No stock purchase plan. Expensive dining commons. Little room for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay is too low for how hard it is to get the job, only vets get hired and the pay is near junior level. Scheduling is too tight for work life balance.


  6. "Great projects, management is okay"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful, great-looking projects. A chance to touch Star Wars is fantastic.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate well with workers.

    Advice to Management

    Please be transparent. We'd like to know how we are doing as individual departments.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Know what you are getting into"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with who genuinely want to create the best work possible. Get to work on one of the biggest brands in the world. Great location.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Pay does not keep up with cost of living in Bay Area. Management moves slowly to make any effective changes, if it all.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in existing employees. Reward them with pay and position that fit the work they are actually doing, which is most often more than their job description.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Your team is your best asset. You're surrounded by exceptionally talented, passionate, creative, fun people. The culture is still pretty good after the Disney acquisition.

    Cons

    Disney's benefits are terrible. Pay is notoriously low and with the bureaucratic structure, it's difficult to get anything done. Paired with the love for the work, getting to build Star Wars, and the day-to-day culture, it's golden handcuffs.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your workers. Disney brags about record profits, but the average worker sees none of that. It's demoralizing.


  9. "Good place to work."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, perks, nice surroundings, free screenings and speakers, good projects. Beautiful location. More words of the same to fill space.

    Cons

    Most management. They are not generally interested in the employees. Way way too many work hours. Weekend work - forget about seeing your family. Management makes no moves to improve this after many promises to do so.


  10. "Meh...."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Good people throughout the company

    Cons

    Cafeteria was horrible all the time

    Advice to Management

    Better day to day structure


Showing 103 of 114 reviews
Reset Filters