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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
186 Reviews
3.0
186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work- Life Balance Well; Nice working environment; Comfortable leadership (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits, main entrance pass and a company that overall exceeds expectations (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is not great and there is not a lot of stability since there are frequent re-orgs (in 36 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Long long process to get hired.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    - Health care, 401k, Park passes

    Cons

    Everyone looks miserable and have been there for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new people with fresh ideas and energy. An employee who does the bare minimum is just as dangerous as one that does nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its a good company

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    Current Employee - Sculptor in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sculptor in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    It pays decent money for the work done.

    Cons

    No benefits. They hire through temp agency and keep people hired that way for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication directly with the primary art director would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ok company with great benefits. If you want a life full time is not for you.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits with park perks.
    Good managers.

    Cons

    Crazy schedule, full time means no personal time. Especially in the magic kingdom. Park hours get extended all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of opportunity to move up, for the past 2 years they have been on a manager hire freeze. Except if you are an intern you can basically go right into management. While regular cast members have to sit back and watch while we have to wait for the freeze to be over.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Cheap labor but get to gain a lot of experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Living in Florida warm weather meeting people from all over the world networking

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement. Low wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a liveable wage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I work in the foods area of the park which includes everything from busing to working in the kitchen as an order cook.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Health Benefits, free access to the park, abundant hours.

    Cons

    Sub-par management, no consistency in hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like adults, listen to them and follow up on concerns. Have some consistency in how things are run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good benefits. Decent Pay. Fine place to work.

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    Former Contractor - Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Coordinator in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Location. Free tickets to Disneyland. Casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not much room to move into other departments. Not much room for growth unless you make friends with the right people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Walt Disney - Food Service

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    Former Employee - Chef in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Chef in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Huge company a lot of opportunity for advancement. Great employee perks such as discounts, and admission for you and family to all parks.

    Cons

    Very strict with time off. Low pay rate for under management employees/cast members. High expectations with little compensation. Transportation to work location difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Chilled out atmosphere. Good pay. Great mentorship

    Cons

    No formal intern program. Repetitive work. Can at times be really boring as it is not challenging enough,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been a Dream Job of all sorts working at Walt Disney but sometimes reality gets in the way.

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    The Cast Members have a passon for the company and you see it and live it everyday. Working in a vacation destination and helping people to experience the Magic turns any bad day Into a good day. The free admission for you and your family and discounts on merchandise are nice and a huge perk. Job security as the Company continues to expand its theme parks and other divisions remain profitable. Great job if you are young and new to the workforce or retired and looking for a no worries atmosphere.

    Cons

    Being the largest employer in Central Florida sets the bar for low wages. Over the past few years cost of living has increased significantly in The Orlando Area while the pay has not increased. Cast members who have senority with the company are making at times the same or barely more than a new hire with little or no experience. Work life balance is hard for many especially with families as they need to work a second job or overtime to pay for daycare or make ends meet. Recent changes in Heathcare coverage forced many employees to drop their trusted pediatricians and primary care doctors in order to keep their HMO or drop to lower coverages to keep those doctors. As for part time there is no more Heath care options, no paid holidays, and yet you still have to commit to three full days of availability the gives little to no flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of your 70,000 cast members. There's a disconnect between the 1% and the cast who are making the magic happen everyday. Most do it out of passion but the reality is we all have to make a living and we have families to support. This goes for hourly, salaried and O&T cast. Look at the untapped talent and education levels and pay accordingly and appropriately. Make it easy for advancements. The company tends to lose great Cast members simply because they need to make more money and be able to afford the basic essentials.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding and bothersome

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    Former Employee - Character Performer
    Former Employee - Character Performer

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a former character performer, the thing I enjoyed most was the opportunity to have a meet and greet with the "Make A Wish" children. In addition to this, I also found the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and work alongside them rewarding and exciting.

    Cons

    Disney is known for the magic it brings, however working there it became clear early on Walt's dream was not being well kept up. Rather than enjoying time with each guest, as a character performer, it was more about getting through the line of guests as quick as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Walt's dream. Allow the characters more freedom and let them create magic for each guest rather than allotting them only moments for a picture and autograph.

    No opinion of CEO

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