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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.7 670 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Walt Disney Company President, CEO, and Director Bob Iger

Bob Iger

(429 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life Balance, can work hours you want to set and take half hour lunches(in 23 reviews)

  • The offices have a great work environment and positive, easy to get along with coworkers(in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance depends on your department(in 25 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job(in 36 reviews)

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    Corporate as all get-out, marketing-driven, no measurements, just old-school media mill

    Art Director (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    Pros- learned a lot about how traditional media companies are attempting to be relevant online
    - was able to play a key role in managing creative resources and leading a few initiatives
    - given opportunities to take on more work
    - social atmosphere

    Cons- extremely political
    - cliquey
    - trivial material (entertainment)
    - Burbank

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, many people are happy with the way things are, although most of those I've spoken with are overworked. It's an extremely hierarchical organization, but I don't think there's any way around this for Disney.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unsupportive management, chaotic place to work, no room for development

    Analyst (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsBrand of Disney resonates with a lot of potential employers.

    Cons-Very political
    -Chaotic
    -Lack of transparency
    -No support or room for growth and development
    -People get promoted because of connections, not because of merit

    Advice to Senior Management-Be more transparent
    -Hire better talent
    -Develop employees more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disney World placed me in the worst and most mindless job where you are not allowed to speak to cast members

    Costuming (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsThey finally switched my mind numbing job to costuming at the Magic Kingdom. There I was training to help open a new parade called Move it Shake it ....i forgot the rest. That was fun! I also loved staying at Vista Way because there were always events going on as well as fun activities they would organize for us college interns. Also, the Disney buses can take you to fun bars and restaurants and you never have to drive!

    ConsMinimum wage is less in Florida than in California. I absolutely despised the job they first placed me in because I was supposed to work in costuming. Instead, they placed me in the building where all the cast members bring their sweaty clothing for us to take care of. I would then spend at least 5-6 hours straight putting clean cast member costumes away allllllll dayyyyyy loooooong. I wouldnt have been so upset if I was a high school graduate who needed any job.......but I was getting my college degree then and knew I needed to be challenged ten times more than just putting clothing away in their rightful place. Also, they are very very strict on dress code......even though no one could see us because we worked behind the scenes of the Magic Kingdom. If i recall correctly, you may only get three or four reprimands....and then you are terminated. I had received two reprimands. One was because my makeup didnt look "natural" enough because I was wearing red lipstck. The second time was because my eyebrows did not match my blonde hair. i was forced to dye my eyebrows blonde which made me look even less "natural". When I grew my eyebrows out to their natural brown color, I decided to cut bangs so they could be covered....thus having no more reprimands. I am now almost done with my masters at CSUN, and applied for a professional internship with Disney. They really liked me on the phone, and I had made it to the last cut for a management internship. The reason why they called me back to tell me I wasn't considered anymore was because they looked back at Disney records and realized I had those two reprimands. If i knew these reprimands were a big deal for a future with Disney, I would have never worn red lipstick or had naturally brown eyebrows. Although Disney is a great company to work for, I had an unusual experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not give reprimands to cast members who do not have matching eyebrows with their hair. it is ridiculous because some of my fellow cast members also received reprimands for their naturally blonde hair not matching their naturally brown eyebrows.

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    Politics Everywhere..

    Manager (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsSome great consultants to work with.

    ConsPolitics everywhere. Especially, within the Corporate HQ in Burbank. You have better do a good job so your boss does not have to do anything. However, you have better not do too good of job and make him or her look bad. Got the picture? This is why everything takes forever to complete.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the dead beat! They are holding Disney hostage and inhibit growth for the company. Some middle management layers are actually getting rid of the competent to disguise their own ineptitude.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of growth potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsPerks are nice and the health benifits are substantial

    ConsThe company as a whole is very difficult to progress your career

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook closer at your cast they are worthy of growing within the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slavery

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsDisney is definitely a fun place to work for a little while until the inefficiencies and incompetent management become unbearable.

    ConsAs an "intern", unless you are majoring in hospitality, you benefit nothing from the internship except for all the hours you can ask for at minimum wage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow what you are talking about and don't be afraid to admit you are wrong/ask suggestions. Also, dont feel that becoming a Disney manager makes you a demi-god.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Magical and miserable all at the same time.

    Character Performer (Former Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsPerks.
    Free park entrance.
    Good benefits.

    ConsLong hours.
    Evil guests.
    Itchy princess costumes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGET MORE MANAGEMENT.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worth only a few years

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsBrand name on resume
    Depending on department, you can work with some extremely smart people
    Perks (free passes to park and employee discounts)

    ConsPay is less than industry standard
    Talent Acquisition is horrible
    Too many non-performing people who should be fired, are not fired, which makes it more challenging for others as they have to pick up the work
    Morale is low for several accounting departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on ways to move talented people into challenging roles

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Clubing and parties

    Cook (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsGood work schedule was great

    ConsThe other people you have to work with

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up the college program so they can be taken seriously

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working for the Mouse

    Finance Director (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsPerks, especially if you have a family, you will be your kids hero

    Consyou will never see our family during the week.

    Advice to Senior Managementwon't matter ... it is a Fortune 40ish company ... you won't change it .. you will either love it or hate it... no middle ground.

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