Luma Pictures Reviews

Updated Mar 1, 2020

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3.2
59%
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Luma Pictures President / CEO Payam Shohadai (no image)
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38 Ratings
Pros
  • "The culture team comes up with some nice activities once in a while(in 12 reviews)

  • "Interdepartmental conversation is strongly encourage also, which is a breath of fresh air compared to some studios(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay and no career advancement - you might as well work in Bangalore(in 8 reviews)

  • "I wish they knew what it is like to work in other studios because they deserve to be treated better(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    staff, work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    location, upper management, lots of different personalities

  2. "A good place to start your career"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    -Fun company culture -The people are warm and inviting -Plenty of food/snack options -Opportunity to work on blockbusters including Marvel films

    Cons

    -hourly pay is below industry standards -conversion to full time and promotions are difficult


  3. Helpful (2)

    "digital artist"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    free trips and great culture

    Cons

    low pay and no career advancement - you might as well work in Bangalore

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good as a short term job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures for less than a year

    Pros

    * Free unlimited snacks * Great Location * Many food options around

    Cons

    * Company culture is off. You're either part of the clique or you're seen as an "odd ball". Very high schoolish mentality * You're almost required to hang out with everyone after work. If not, you'll seem like an outsider

  5. Helpful (1)

    "compositor"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures part-time

    Pros

    great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    long hours as most VFX places

  6. Helpful (16)

    "Stay Away"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Luma Pictures full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The location is a 10-15 minute walk to the beach, readily available snacks, good place to get your foot in the door if you are a young artist fresh out of college, free screenings of the films we work on, OT meals if they ask you to work through lunch or stay late, there are some good people with kind hearts that you can find if you look hard enough.

    Cons

    Certain people have created an environment that can be compared to high school. They take roll at 9am every day (lunch is dedicated to 1-2 pm), incredibly fake human beings, will talk behind everyone and anyones back, and try to enforce policies that are illegal. Not to mention that for Halloween last year they threw a Fetish themed party at the office where they decorated the office (during work hours) with porn and mannequins in lewd positions (one member of the team also told me they were doing coke here which is why they were able to stay up until 4am). It is shocking that they don't get sued for sexual harassment. Beyond the poison that stems from the environment created by the culture, the pay is terrible, IF you get PTO it is only two weeks (most people are on contracts and not eligible for PTO or holiday pay), if you aren't a "cool" kid, you probably won't last very long, communication from management is lacking, respect is lacking, late nights, the list goes on and on.

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    "Luma"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    Luma works on lots of high-profile films + they have a dedicated culture team that takes good care of the artists.

    Cons

    things move along very slowly there. i believe they have been working to get their content division up and running for a while. great ideas when it eventually happens! And, while have a dedicated culture team is great, some of the events are a bit fratty - think drinking, mustaches, lots of themes.

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  8. Helpful (27)

    "Political A game a MUST for survival"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures full-time

    Pros

    Modern studio & decor in a nice area. Plenty of cafes nearby. Easy access to public transport. Free breakfast & snacks. Big film projects. Nice coworkers who made me feel welcome. Luma is a good option for students wanting to get into the industry. Luma often sees potential in juniors/mids & gives them opportunities they would otherwise not have until further in the careers. Some artists have been at Luma for years. This is uncommon in this industry. It really does feel like family for some groups.

    Cons

    I did not want to post a negative review but outspoken employees are shown the door. Luma is cliquey & my department was split in groups. One side was reserved for friends of the supervisor. The other side had quieter people & this latter group was very welcoming. Supervisors showed clear favoritism to the clique of friends which caused friction between the groups rendering the team dysfunctional. The studio culture is immature. People often shouted across the studio. Profanity is used liberally. The F bomb is used by all supervisors & most favorites. Be prepared to be called the C word or B word for no reason. The pay is the lowest in the industry. Luma has this weird outlook on drinking. Non drinkers are losers. They encourage drunkenness & lewd behavior. Vomiting is the ultimate goal but they will get angry if someone vomits because it has to cleaned up. Contracts extensions are done very late. Roster is taken stealthily when work starts. If you're late you'll be reprimanded if you're unpopular. The pipeline isn't the worst I've experienced but it needs to be rethought. The coordinators needs to do more coordinating. Either they're overstretched or needs training. Communication is almost non existent across departments. If department heads do communicate the information don't get passed down to artists.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luma Pictures for more than a year

    Pros

    - I was able to grow as an artist while working on some of the best projects I've been apart of. - There as a strong sense of community. - Most everyone is willing to lend their support in helping others learn. - Vacation to Fiji with the whole staff! - Surrounded by a ton of talent.

    Cons

    - Luma can get a bit clicky. - A lot of different personality types.

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  10. Helpful (21)

    "Should be your last option"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Luma Pictures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office is in the heart of Santa Monica. Most of the people there are genuinely talented. Getting to work on big-name movies. There are extravagant yearly parties and company trips. There's a chance to visit Melbourne, AU if interested.

    Cons

    Office is in the heart of Santa Monica. High-school like with a head count at 9am. Culture is more of a cult than anything; superficial and fake. Asking for a raise or a title change will probably result in being laid off. Difficult to express concerns about management considering there's no recourse. Lack of communication between departments, possibly due to belief in dailies being a waste of time. Trying to grow without investing into its employees or hiring more to support the growth. Passive-aggressive behavior is rather prevalent throughout management. Mishaps with paychecks and contracts happen often or are done last-minute. Little pay, favoritism, and unreal expectations that aren't even communicated makes this place a nightmare.

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