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Updated October 28, 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
  • There is not much else creatively but Star Wars (in 5 reviews)

  • Unfortunately, salaries seem to be on the low end for the Bay Area market (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Lucas Film Terminates injured workers!"

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

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

    Pros

    learn how to be vindictive toward good people making a living.

    Cons

    they will fire you for being sick and using your sick days. I was injured and my supervisor wrote me up for using my sick days. I was given poor marks during my treatment then was terminated. once an amzing place.. what happened? it wasnt Disney.. its been messed up for years about the time film people stopped running the company and the lawyers and HR took over.. true story soon to be a movie.

    Advice to Management

    weed out the horried people HR dept!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worst entertainment company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ignacio, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ignacio, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lucasfilm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great artists, good people that do the work (art, editing, sound,etc) to bring in the big movies.

    Cons

    Scary HR (we will get you), bad managers that will doctor your review to protect thier job. No advancement. Doest matter the length of you employment, when they want you gone.. your gone for ANY REASON.

    Advice to Management

    Better managers are needed. Company is too big for its britches.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Second Time Around, Just As Awful"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    After a first experience at Lucasfilm (5+ years) started out well and ended terribly, I went back and worked for them again on a consulting basis. The campus at the Presidio is very nice, and of course it is fun to go to Skywalker Ranch, and there is still a strong value to telling people you work at Lucasfilm.

    Cons

    The atmosphere at Lucasfilm has gotten progressively worse. What was once a dynamic, exciting, collaborative, though very hardworking, attitude has been replaced with one of marked paranoia, hostility, distrust and lack of focus or vision. In the past couple of years, inappropriate behavior, temper tantrums and open conflicts have become the norm. People who are meant to work together won't even talk to each other. The three most senior "managers" at the company are either oblivious or, more frequently, encouraging of this behavior. As level headedly as I can, I would not recommend Lucasfilm, ILM, Skywalker Sound or LucasArts to anyone but those who are most loyal to Lucas and the idea that they may be working in the presence of some sort of genius. George? Absolutely. He's actually a rather nice man, too. He doesn't have any awareness of the day to day operations of his company, though, and can you blame him? The "executives' who work for him, though, are not trustworthy and the overall environment is stressful, unpleasant and not recommended.

    Advice to Management

    There is little advice I could give that I didn't verbally provide in my last go-round at Lucasfilm -- and it wasn't listened to there and won't be taken seriously here. But the biggest piece of advice goes to George and his board of directors: Clean house. Quickly.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "mismanaged, bumbling morons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nicasio, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nicasio, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the other worker bee's, friendly, plesent.

    Cons

    Management that does not have a clue how the job should be done.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the the things that shouldn't be there. (Management) Let the workers do their job. Don't lurk around.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Feng shui won't help Abu Ghraib by the Bay"

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    Former Employee - In Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - In Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and work environment -- fab view and movie posters. A great team of talented, dedicated co-workers. I miss them.

    Cons

    Feng shui masters came in to "clear" the bad spirits with incense -- I am NOT kidding. Wind chimes were put up to give the President "peace" and "tranquility." In the meantime, terrible management persists and paranoia reigns supreme. I get tearful phone calls almost weekly rfom someone close who still works there and must keep her job. Too many incompetent managers and directors while really talented, dedicated peons have run for the hills or have been let go unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the feng shui and the wind chimes and other mumbo-jumbo and get REAL. Be more realistic and professional and oncentrate on respecting your employees and stop treating them with such total disregard. The same with Fans -- they made the company what it is today. Her fear and loathing of "those people" is legendary.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Political, broken and operating in the dark ages"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location in the Presidio

    Cons

    The politics, the arrogance of senior management, the zero growth opportunities, the poor pay scale. This place operates like a boy's club from the dark ages. It is an uncaring environment, the management is unaware of how unhappy everyone is, which is bizarre as 95% of the people are miserable. Oh, and what's with the Feng Shui wind chimes hanging from the corridor ceilings???!!

    Advice to Management

    Know the mass exodus of talented people is coming unless you change the management...stat! Don't reward bad behavior as everyone knows that is what is going on, hire people who can make good business decisions with their employees in mind, realize the employees are unhappy. Treat employees as you would wish to be treated - fairly and with respect, pay properly, engage more and don't expect employees to roll over and accept things like Feng Shui when it is sprung on them. Make sure the people leading are fully supportive of their employees and say buh-bye to those who are not and who think they have a job for life so can therefore treat people badly.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Once you're out, you realize how bad it is"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's only one reason to work at Lucasfilm-- a personal pride in saying you do. To be fair, some of the people here are very smart and fun, but on reflection they are the exception not the rule. The building and campus are very nice, too.

    Cons

    Pettiness. Infighting. Politics. This is one of the most childish, immature, envy-based environments imaginable. The years I worked there I thought it was great, and now that I have been out for a while I could not be happier. They keep good people down and have an attitude of control that goes beyond secretive-- it's paranoid. The unhappiness comes from the top and works its way down. There's no pride in the end product except on the creative side. No transparency. No professionalism. Claims to be "familial" but in actuality that familiarity is used to the disadvantage of employees; you're trapped in a little box and they'll never let you out. Forget about real promotions or the ability to rise from the inside. There's no growth potential, and no sense of fun in the end. It never seemed that way to me.... until I got out.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional. REALLY professional. Start treating your employees with respect. A nice gym and sushi at lunch don't count. Quit making people fearful of management. And for God's sake, get rid of some of your "leadership." Many of your senior executives are downright embarrassing.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "As fake as the films they make."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    'Lucasfilm' on your resume.
    Good 'war stories' about the slow death of an iconic studio.

    Cons

    Lucasfilm Singapore is in trouble. A significant proportion of the business is funded by the Singapore government under some sort of industry development scheme. Most of the staff are in some way working on a semi-fictitious film project that will never be released. Semi-fictitious, in that it could only serve the purposes of training. It is so out of odds with the Lucasfilm and Disney brand that I cannot see how it will be screened. If you want to waste years of your career on a direct to DVD animated feature, then Lucasfilm Singapore is for you.

    The feeling that any 'talent' is there to be exploited and discarded is tangible, and this contributes to shocking morale and poor culture.

    Pay is poor.
    Singapore living costs are dramatically understated.
    Annual leave is poor.
    Perks are poor.
    Your team will spend time hitting KPIs for their performance review rather than indulging in creative work.
    Your manager will misrepresent your contribution to senior management and the US in order to better hit their own KPIs.
    The new office will pack everybody into a much smaller space without even the 'luxury' of cubicles, so in a way it is good that they have laid a third of the company off.

    Advice to Management

    Never before have I seen such talent in such a small space, so badly mismanaged.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome talent pool with low standards of pipeline and technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -> the pool of talent you would meet is just too brilliant
    -> nice place to learn, grow and move out
    -> Brand name on your resume

    Cons

    -> Politics, Politics, Politics!!
    -> Not transparent management. Easily you will lose trust in the management and their decisions.
    -> Purely a business or money oriented firm. Big corporate.
    -> The technology team and their perspective as a global company really poor. Its only coz of the awesome artists the company survives and puts up a brilliant show
    -> No good vision or principle towards making the production pipeline better. Just band aids and hacks.

    Advice to Management

    Think about employees a bit. Pause and check out the technology and pipeline given to the artists. How much time does each artist spend on buggy tools and doing workarounds.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Probably one of the most miserable work experiences I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Location: The Presidio is beautiful and it's a pleasure to walk around the campus
    -Benefits are pretty good (while they last)
    -Nice cafeteria with healthy food options if a bit on the expensive side

    Cons

    -Horrible management with supervisors and upper management who don't give a rat's patooty how much value you attempt to add to your job or how many hours you spend coming up to speed. They belittle you and try to tell you how marginal your progress is even when you're killing yourself getting work done. Oh and I forgot to add what a miraculously high level of hypocrasy there is in this company given that when internal communication is sent from upper management criticizing you, they don't even use spellcheck, so you can literally pick apart the grammatical blunders in their correspondence 1 by 1.
    -Backstabbing coworkers: ideally a place like this should be a collaborative environment with generally friendly and outgoing colleagues who work together. Instead, you need to watch your back like a hawk because as your coworkers smile at you one minute, they're trying to sabotage your job security the next and behind your back. Depending on the department, your coworkers also tend to be overly obnoxious and act like they've got a chip on their shoulder while giving you 20 reasons why they can't help.
    -Low pay that is nowhere near industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Why don't you try actually cultivating a helpful, responsible, and positive working environment that's innovative and exciting instead of an environment full of backstabbing, paranoia, annoyance, ignorance, arrogance and quite frankly mediocre talents. Don't think a free holiday turkey and a chance to shmooze at a company barbecue makes up for the day in and day out misery that is Lucasfilm and the lower than industry pay.

    Stop ignoring abusive management pretending it doesn't exist, sweeping it under the table, or somehow encouraging such despicable behavior to continue. Fire the jerks and non-supportive flotsum and hire true industry leaders who value those who work for them and really do want to see their employees succeed.


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