Entertainment industry worth being in despite the low salary?

NBCUniversal IoXl63
Jul 15 36 Comments

People say the desired industries usually pay less because there are so many others who are willing to work for less: fashion, gaming and entertainment.

I loved my job despite my low salary. I love the exciting perks, projects and trendy challenges. Also, I live in LA so this is the biggest industry to be in. But now I want to start going up the ladder and realize they really treat you like a commodity. (I'm not an engineer)

I want to ask people in entertainment industry: do you agree that you get paid less in entertainment? if so, why are you in this industry?

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TOP 36 Comments
  • Netflix / Eng Breakinbad
    Not if you join Netflix
    Jul 16 0
  • Pixar / Eng CTM
    I can confirm engineers also get paid less in entertainment compared to tech
    Jul 15 7
    • Disney / Eng
      mav.rick

      Disney Eng

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      mav.rickmore
      Personally, it’s because I love the industry.

      Money is definitely important for me but I need to love what I do and the environment I’m in for me to perform best... and being the entertainment industry is where I love to be at this point in my life.
      Jul 16
    • Pixar / Eng CTM
      I just found this out recently. I see myself leaving the industry for tech soon
      Jul 16
    • Amazon 💩4brains
      @CTM / Pixar dude....are you not happy in the Entertainment Industry? If so what makes you unhappy with it? Is it the lower pay (wouldn't think Pixar was like that) or do you find the industry boring now.
      Jul 23
    • Pixar / Eng CTM
      @4brains: it’s the low pay. The industry in general is a lot of fun to be a part of, but not worth the low compensation in my opinion
      Jul 23
    • Amazon 💩4brains
      That's too bad about the low pay.
      Jul 23
  • SeatGeek CsMB63
    Best of both worlds - ticketing
    Better $ and all the perks of entertainment
    Jul 16 3
    • Ticketmaster TcktBstrd
      You guys hiring?
      Jul 16
    • SeatGeek CsMB63
      Yep. Everyday, across the whole business. We are eating TM's lunch (no offense)
      Jul 16
    • StubHub charstar
      You guys hiring?
      Jul 17
  • Netflix narc0s
    Netflix pays really well across all roles. Higher TC than you’ll typically find at any other company in comparable roles/markets.
    Jul 16 7
    • Netflix Nqac32
      The overall turnover is slightly below average, but the involuntary turnover is a bit above average. So there's some truth to it, but much less than is popularly believed.
      Jul 16
    • Hulu HNDe83
      Netflix used to have their severance package on their website. They definitely fire way more than average, it isn't a meme.
      Jul 16
    • Netflix wtsu
      At least we offer a severance package for being fired, though. Four months at full-pay is a pretty big deal IMO. My org has been pretty stable too, but it isn’t hard to do your job, and it’s not like managers are asking for miracles to be performed. It’s a lot more lax here than we’re externally perceived to be.

      However, much like with any other company, your mileage may vary based on your respective team and leaders.
      Jul 16
    • Netflix petepants
      I don’t think we fire nearly enough and most of the firing is well deserved

      Also, for the swe, it’s not an upsetting firing if you get 100k severance package..
      Jul 16
    • Netflix login
      Most of the turnover at Netflix is due to firing while most of the turnover at other companies are due to people leaving on their own. So while the combined turnover rate is about the same, the way employee churning is very different.
      Jul 16
  • Disney omegared
    Because you will never be able to teach creativity, and your skills usually get better with age, so there will always be job security for strong creatives.

    First of all there IS potential to make big money in entertainment, so framing this as just about money is stupid. I would argue if you’re not making that much in entertainment then maybe you’re just not that good or you haven’t stuck around long enough. It can take time to make it to the higher earning tiers, and once you get there people don’t want to leave cause they’re having a blast and making great money, so most people give up or do something else before they ever get to that point. I also love the city and the people here, and in general the entire state of California even though the industry is really in SoCal. That’s why I work in entertainment.

    We are all going to die but in this business at least the fruits of our labors will live on to be enjoyed by future generations. Do you think anyone in 100 years will remember Facebook? In the off chance that they do, will they remember anyone other than Zuck? Yes, they’ll remember Eduardo and Dustin and the Winklevoss twins - not because of their work on Facebook, but because David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and Hollywood made an incredible film about it.
    Jul 16 0
  • Netflix Nqac32
    NFLX is a best of both worlds option as well. Though we don't have any theme parks.
    Jul 16 0
  • Netflix login
    Not at Netflix, people are paid very well here. Just that the culture is becoming unbearable. Also all the diversity bs is so distracting to the goals of each team.
    Jul 16 3
    • Disney omegared
      What’s about the culture is so unbearable
      Jul 16
    • Netflix login
      Mostly incompetent people were promoted and hired in leadership roles in the past couple years. And they have the power to fire anyone on the same day. Is that enough?
      Jul 17
    • Disney omegared
      Yeah that’s enough. Do these firings happen that frequently? What biz unit ?
      Jul 17
  • NBCUniversal / IT quick40
    Entertainment industry is full of dirty politics and power play. IT and engineering is never their focus and main business anyway, off course they pay less and work with bare minimum.
    Jul 16 2
    • NBCUniversal IoXl63
      OP
      Then what made you choose this industry? Are you staying? If so, why?
      Jul 16
    • NBCUniversal / IT quick40
      Job is closer to home (LA traffic is worst) and timing is flexible. Pay is low but still better then Farmers insurance and other big corporates near by my location. So I will stay.
      Jul 16
  • Google / Eng Pri
    What are the exciting perks ?
    Jul 15 1
    • NBCUniversal IoXl63
      OP
      Movie screening, invitation to award shows, theme park tickets and theme park attraction preview, etc.
      Jul 15
  • New msc1212
    I worked a couple of low paid post production jobs in reality TV before I got a staff job at a big media company. Big media co. paid really well, but was more corporate and less creative. A couple of people I worked with who stuck with the creative side did well - one won an Emmy and another married a TV actor. It’s a long road. Also the person who won an Emmy wasn’t even the most hard-working. Connections allow you to go a long way. Also the ability to talk to anyone.
    Jul 29 0
  • NBCUniversal / Creative girl123
    I'm a designer and I get paid significantly more than my similar-level designer friends. (Visual design, not product)
    Jul 18 0
  • Pixar izdr46
    If I switched to tech I could at least double my TC (250) for my experience and ability level, but I'm just so damn happy and fulfilled here that I'm staying put for at least the next few years.
    Jul 16 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    My real name is billy Corgan and I disagree that we’re treated like commodity
    Jul 15 0