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Good place to work. Great pipeline. Some tough deadlines.

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ILM still does the best VFX in the world. However, too many jobs are given away to their foreign offices in the name of profit. American jobs should take a much higher priority at the company created by George Lucas and now owned by Disney.

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Nice facility in the Presidio

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Long hours, tough deadlines
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Great Co-workers, but no of job security, advancement, or pay

The company has some of the best people I have ever worked with. The work can be incredibly fun and fulfilling. However most VFX work is leaving the country so there is very little room for advancement, job security is low, and for certain people the pay is much less than they could find in a typical software engineering role.
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Its okay

It is a bit of a boys club and they have a hard time overcoming that and at time it as feel not as welcoming. As far as vfx goes it meets the bar of acceptable.
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A good place to work

Typical day: Work on your assignment, Review your work. work place culture is good enjoyable part, seening the finished product on which you helped make.
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Productive and fun workspace

Getting to work here was a dream come true. Lots of fun to be had and nice benefits and campus perks and Disney perks. The culture here is priceless..
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As an artist, you will not have work in the USA

Its all about the money from management side. The artists are a family however! The work is creative, however, the creative work is now all in foreign countries that give tax credits.
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World class visual effects studio

Some of the most talented artists in visual effects who will make you a better (insert job title) just by being around them. Occasional/expected long hours during delivery crunches but this is not a surprise. Production Management can be out of touch with the notion they are working to help artists make a film. The worst tend to see their jobs as spreadsheet managers and haven't the slightest idea what business they are in; the best handle their jobs with finesse, humor and filmmaking savvy, gaining the respect of their crews & clients in the process.

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Creative solutions to impossible problems

Cons

Management/Artist divide
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The people of ILM are the greatest

Ilm is a great place to work because of the people you work with. You get to work on amazing feature films, some of the biggest visual effects films of the year. It is great for learning and has a great culture of sharing information.

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great environment, great films to work on, great people to work with

Cons

short sighted management and executive staff.
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Great fun for an intern

I learned the pipeline, which was quite tough but it was an intern position. I met a ton of great people who I still work with today. Very innovative place.
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One of the premier visual effects companies in the world and a great place to work.

One of the premier visual effects companies in the world and a great place to work. A fantastic location in a purpose-built building in the Presidio of San Francisco. Top-notch cafeteria and gym (with world class views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts). Good benefits: medical, dental, vision, 6% 401k match, and since the Disney acquisition, free entry to the theme parks and greatly reduced (typically 50%) rates for Disney hotels. Subsidized on-site daycare. Interesting, exciting projects. Good management who value the people there. The hours can be long during project crunch time, but the company do what they can to limit the craziness, and paid overtime helps a lot too. Generally a very family-friendly company. And did I mention you might get to work on Star Wars?
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The Best VFX Company in the States

ILM is a great place to work, they create the top visual effects work and the talents here are the highest level I have ever encounter. They really invest in their employees and have all kind of events/ class/ training to help their employee grow. However, because the nature of the industry, the job is very unsecured. Artist are working long hard hours when there is project but go lay off as soon as the work is done, they do not hold onto the employees and often give them very short notice when they need you.

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beautiful enviroment, free screening, company events, training classes

Cons

insecured, short contract
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A Dream Come True...Working with ILM

*Awesome people to collaborate with *LOVED working at ILM (satellite studio) learned a great deal from exceptionally talented artists *Hardest part was leaving when the work ended *Good pay and benefits!!!

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Parties, Connection to Main Studio, ILM T-shirts & stuff

Cons

Couldn't continue working there...
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i got to work on the star wars movie.

entertaining. educational. and creative. absolutly the coolest job on the planet. i wouldn't want to be president over this.
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