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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
727 Reviews
3.8
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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 26 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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  1.  

    Low Wages and No Work Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Free park passes and discounts on vacation club locations

    Cons

    No work family life balance. Too much of a sweat shop environment. Low wages and long hours. They cater to the retirees or college program kids that will work for nothing, or they recruit from other countries that want to experience the American dream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting the college program students and start listening to the older educated employees that come in with lots of experience. Stop taking the college program students words as gospel because they are young and very very immature. They show up for work on hangovers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Political Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A wide range of transactions and business segments
    Work and life balance

    Cons

    Career advancement/change within the company is mostly political and relationship based, not performance driven
    HR department creates more barriers to attract good talents, than helping to attract talents
    Inefficiencies of the company due to politics and processes lead to unmotivated workers
    Not the best compensation for employees but great compensation for the executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a flat org structure to promote competitiveness and become efficient
    Need more competitive HR staff
    Promote internal mobility to all levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hired to be agent of change, stymied immediately (by those who hired me)

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    Former Employee - Senior Forecasting Analyst  in  Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Forecasting Analyst in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work load is manageable and the workplace is generally stress-free. The culture encourages co-workers to be friendly and personable. If you enjoy the parks, then the unlimited pass is a very nice benefit.

    Cons

    Coworkers seemed to fall into two groups of Disney experience: 3 years or less with the company or 10+ years. My interpretation of this dichotomy is that (1) young professionals become frustrated with the corporate bureaucracy and many antiquated business practices (and leave) and (2) since Disney is one of the few private companies that still offers a pension, the "lifers" cling to their position (and protect it) until retirement. De facto, it appears that Disney prefers very loyal employees over very apt employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An upgrade in the technical skill set of your staff will allow you to operate at the same level for a fraction of the labor costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Miami, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You free tickets to Disney

    Cons

    They pay horribly and overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing your people. Don't discriminate on age (like I was). Look at performance and pay accordingly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brand 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 ManagementAdvice

    -Be more transparent
    -Hire better talent
    -Develop employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company as a contractor for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Well, 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Costuming  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Costuming in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They 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!

    Cons

    Minimum 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of growth potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Perks are nice and the health benifits are substantial

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closer at your cast they are worthy of growing within the company.

    Recommends
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Politics Everywhere..

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great consultants to work with.

    Cons

    Politics 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Slavery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Know 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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