Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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    In 1994 the TV Animation Department was autonomous from the rest of the studio but we held our own

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In 1993 -Our shows we edited were our shows, we didn't have anyone consistently looking over our shoulders

    Cons

    Due to that we stood on our own we weren't always able to utilize all the studio facilities.

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    Nothing from the years I worked there, it was perfectly fine.

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  2.  

    Great experience as a summer intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the animation process and business

    Cons

    Didn't love living in Burbank.

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    It's been great to work here.

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    Current Employee - Animation Trainee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Animation Trainee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly, cooperative workers. They are really helpful and as a team, we create wonderful, great movies.

    Cons

    However, there're quite a lot of work, which causes stress and pressure, especially when you start. It might take a while to get used to.

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    Good job!

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Group of People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is one of the best. Hands down one of the best place I have every worked.

    Cons

    Hours can be very long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing 15 years at the Studio. I do not regret one day.

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    *One of the most experienced and powerful studios in the industry
    *During my tenure, amazing people were there to work with who I will keep contact with for the rest of my career
    *I love their product

    Cons

    *Extremely hierarchical structure
    *Many decisions, especially of late, seem to be made with bottom line in mind and not the creative health or longevity of the company.
    *Layoffs of experienced vets are frequent and new talent does not seem to understand legacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Value the legacy along with short term financial gains
    *Invest in talent inside the company as well as external sources
    *Value the opinions of veterans who may know a thing or two

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work if you don't mind the long hours.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Most of the coworkers are truly brilliant, which makes it a great learning opportunity.
    - You get to work on awesome movies.
    - The company is always doing fun things for the employees including movie screenings, food, etc.
    - They will feed you if you're doing OT. Usually the food is pretty good too.
    - Subsidized cafeteria
    - You get a Silver Pass, which means you can go to any Disney park for free.

    Cons

    - The hours can get pretty long, especially during crunch time. The project I worked on had us doing 72 hr weeks for about three months.
    - You feel it less at the Animation studio than other parts of the Disney company but the place can seem pretty corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule the movies for an extra month or two so that people don't have to work such crazy hours for so long.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good studio, not more than that.

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    Current Employee - CG Animator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - CG Animator in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A studio that really grows every day.
    And very talented people who love what they do.

    Cons

    The structure of the studio is not the best. It is dark and some parts tight. A reform is urgent for add more windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform the studio. More windows, all crave.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios

    Pros

    Excellent location, very good food/gym/etc.
    Will give top-notch equipment for work use.
    Industry leader in feature animation.
    Above all, one of the very few major places to work for comp graphics.

    Cons

    Somewhat isolated from the animatiors.
    Communication with designers are somewhat lacking.
    There are major cliques even within the same department, making it difficult to mingle.

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    Better work environment (physical) would be very beneficial. More lights and Windows please. For Software Development teams, it is difficult to collaborate among team members.

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  10.  

    Disney Animation in a Nutshell

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios

    Pros

    Great work environment with quality coworkers. Great opportunities for growth, learning and advancement. Excellent perks like company parties and access to parks and discounts on merchandise.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs and reorganizations makes it a tense environment at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more clear decisions for the future direction of the company and try better to stick to those decisions.

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    great people but corporate headache

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The creative work is fantastic. Inspiring people to work with and reasonable deadlines. Great projects.

    Cons

    As a freelancer be prepared to wait months for your salary.

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    Neutral Outlook
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