I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than a year)Pros
The output is first-class. Your parents and their friends will know where you work. You get to go to Disneyland for free. Lots of talented people work here.
One good thing is that the company is uber-stable (for now). Everyone else is going out of business, or has been bought by Disney. Their business model and use of strategic and synergistic couplings of companies is unmatched.
In general it's great and people are nice, but there is a dark side...Cons
Politics are sometimes a bit crazy, certainly in the TD department. Favorites are played, and so are anti-favorites.
The company tends to be personality-driven. By this I mean that a department's policies and culture are determined not by figuring out what works best, but by the likes and dislikes of the most influential members of the department. This results in some strange and inefficient practices.
Ed Catmull (and probably John Lasseter) were/are ringleaders in the wage-fixing debacle in the animation industry. Not nice, if you consider greed and rampant self-interest to be not nice.
There are no contracts. They try to sell that as an advantage to the employee, but let's be real...RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Walt Disney Animation Studios in September 2014.Interview Details
I had been applying for 2 years for their internship program. So the dept leads were aware of my progress. After graduating, I decided to apply for the Character TD apprentice position, a full time paid position for upto a year at Walt Disney.
I was selected for an interview. While the interview slot was for 1.5 hours, my interview lasted only 8 mins, start to finish. My panel had 3 interviewers: 1 rigging supervisor who knew my work well and had given me valuable tips to improve my work in the past. the second was an animator and the other was a technical animator.
They saw my reel and asked me just one technical question about the reel. Once I explained what they had asked, they wanted to know in which part of the pipeline my technique would fit. My third question was... "do you have any questions for us?"
And that was it... I got a call in a couple of days conveying their decision to bring me on as a character TD apprentice.
This interview was far more relaxed and easier than any other interview I had attended. Very casual mood, but also technical and very specific to my demo reel.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsI did not negotiate. I left the expected salary lank as this was my first job after graduation. I had no idea how much to put there.
- Do you have any questions for us? (the face that this was the third question, 7 mins into the interview) View Answer
The final compensation is on the lower side. I wish now that I had put in a number there and left it to them to decide how much to pay me.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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