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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is very good (unless you're on a deadline project from hell - which happens) (in 7 reviews)

  • A chance to touch Star Wars is fantastic (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)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Cool work in a great industry."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, outstanding work environment; ability to work on really cool projects - the best in the industry. A long term outlook for the business.

    Cons

    No stock so limited upside potential.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the long-term perspective in mind; continue to share knowledge among the different companies.


  2. "Overall a great experience and helped me move up!"

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn in different businesses
    location, location, location the offices are amazing
    food is excellent (maybe too good)

    Cons

    slim holidays
    they need a better games room
    be more flexible with visits to Skywalker on weekends
    Assist employees on buying game consoles so they can use the products; assistance with a PS3 so we could watch the movies on Blu Ray would be great, they are coming out on blu ray soon aren't they?

    Advice to Management

    think about time off it justifies pushing people more


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Casual work environment"

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

    Pros

    Beautiful place to be working. Even if you are not a hardcore Star Wars geek, you will enjoy working here.

    Cons

    The location is somewhat isolated. IP is taken very seriously, so employees always have to be careful what they say.

    Advice to Management

    The management team does a great job of providing a real sense of community to the company's employees, especially given the breadth of work being done.


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  5. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch colleagues, offices, and work all associated with the Lucasfilm franchises of Star Wars and Indiana Jones! True small company, family atmosphere.

    Cons

    No equity compensation but that is made up for by a higher base salary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams small and focused, and keep those offices forever!


  6. "Lucasfilm"

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

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time

    Pros

    Located in the Presidio with a beautiful view of the Bay.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Lucasfilm.


  7. "Sr. Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People, Product, and Innovation. Well rounded company with history of hard earned achievements.

    Cons

    Low to change longstanding processes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I learned more about what it takes to run a company, much less a film company, at Lucasfilm."

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    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly, the surroundings were comfortable, the amenities are first class, compensation was fair, as were the benefits. Outstanding Christmas gifts!

    Cons

    Upper management was a bit distant, and not communicable. Unfocused direction in certain departments. Recognition and promotion were rather difficult to achieve. Inflexibility with exploring new avenues of revenue and company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, more communication. Recognition of lower management and the "grunts" for maintaining day to day unglamorous tasks.


  9. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    george lucas, good quality work

    Cons

    competitive- not too many cons


  10. "Great culture, benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lucas was a great place to be employed. The culture was fantastic and it was great working with a such creative minds for the time that I was there.

    Cons

    There was not a lot of opportunity for movement as most people stayed with the company for decades.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Ride"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Note that I'm giving this review for pre-Disney Lucasfilm, as I left around the time that Disney was starting to make changes to the culture of Lucasfilm
    - Great Work/Life Balance
    - Mostly great upper management
    - Great Benefits
    - Fabulous campus, access to parks/bridge/Marina
    - Great Classes and company-sponsored events

    Cons

    - Less pay than peers, as they feel they are compensating you with the glory of working for Star Wars
    - Absolute pain to commute there. Build a subway from downtown already!
    - Not a lot of parking
    - Now owned by Disney, which is slaughtering the benefits and "small company" feel
    - If you work for ILM as an artist, then the hours can be terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ILM - the people get burnt out so fast, and have almost zero morale.


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