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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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    visual development intern

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    Former Employee - Visual Development Intern in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Development Intern in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    work with very talented people and also nice !

    Cons

    Everything is challenging, it's a high level work, that's why it is so nice !

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - FX Artist in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - FX Artist in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Disney Animation Studio has amazingly talented people that are a pleasure to work with. There is an incredible creative work environment. Ton's of access to everything Disney from upcoming projects to resources like the Disney library and the studio lot which is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. Great life/work balance. Managers respect you and treat you with the utmost professionalism and it's not just them, everyone at the company subscribes to this. Perhaps because folks that work at Disney feel comfortable that they've made it but this was by far one of the most respectful and pleasant places I've ever worked. The pay is really good. Benefits are great once they kick in ( after working 600 hours if you're not already IATSE, 400 if you are ). Disney Animation offers career coaching which is amazing. There is an open door policy when it comes to this. If there's a direction you want to pursue in your career, your managers will happily help get you there and give you the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Even for me as a contractor this was available and invaluable.

    The brand is bigger than life. Silver pass is amazing if you love Disneyland/world, have kids, have a pulse ;). Free Disneyland/world for you and your family, what could be better than that? Great extra curricular activities sponsored by company. Disney discounts are great. They own much more than most realize so their discounts are extensive. I looked forward to every day of work, worked hard, worked with amazing talent and still had time to be home for dinner and see my family. Of course if you're the type that just wants to work, work, work, you can do that too. Over all I loved working at WDAS and would happily return.

    Cons

    If you haven't already worked at Disney as a union employee (IATSE) you have to work 600 hours before you can apply for benefits. If you're returning it's 400 hours. For me, being on a 7 month contract that meant that I was paying for my own insurance until the day after I left, but then I had health coverage for the next year covered 100%. The time you're covered depends on how many hours you worked. For me that meant 12 months of coverage, for others it meant 6 months. This is a strange thing that pertains mostly to contract employees and in my situation the day my benefits kicked in just happened to be the Monday following my last day. That is not their policy, just the way it played out for me. Other than navigating the union I have no other cons to report about the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, we notice your efforts and appreciate them!

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    The best place I've worked so far

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

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

    Pros

    Amazingly talented and friendly people to work with. Amazing working environment and a ton of perks. The best studio I have worked with so far. Great environment for growing as an artist. If you are talented there are so many options for you to move around and grow here. There is a culture that pushes the art side of things higher than other studios I have been.

    Cons

    Hours can get very long and you must deal with the union to be employed. Unfortunately also you have to move to Los Angeles to work at this amazing company.

    Recommends
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    Rewarding

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    Current Employee - CG Animator
    Current Employee - CG Animator

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative people and friendly work place.

    Cons

    Hours can be long to finish projects.

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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best way to immerse yourself if you want to learn more about a job that will make you happy.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and are now lifelong friends of mine

    Cons

    Sometimes there are really long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Really awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, comfortable office, movies are made here!

    Cons

    Disney is not known for their compensation.

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Production Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Too much red tape to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the Performance Connections / Reviews - They waste emplyees time, and NO ONE CARES TO BE PART OF IT!

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    Best Place to Work on Earth...maybe even in the Universal!

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios

    Pros

    Opportunity to GROW!!! They offer free classes to learn everything that they do here. Plus if they don't offer the classes here, they'll give money every year to take them. The hours maybe a little bit long and the pay are not always that great for newbies, but you get to be apart of the cool process of making movies that influence people. I would say, you get what you put in. You put a lot of time to learn you will reap the benefits DEFINITELY... especially here at Disney!

    Cons

    The hours. I work a lot of hours but only because the movie is about to be release so it's crunch time! But it'll get back to normal just like accountants after tax season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overlook the people at the bottom, with determination and experience they'll rise amongst the ranks!

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