Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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Disney Interactive Studios President, Disney Interactive James Pitaro
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26 Ratings

Pros
  • Great people, great benefits, great salary (in 10 reviews)

  • People work hard but few stay late, a healthy work-life balance that is fully respected by management (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management seems to play musical chairs every 6 months, constantly realigning goals (in 11 reviews)

  • I was not happy with work life balance at Disney (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company benefits, reasonable hours, interesting people and interesting work.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs when projects complete, some co-workers have attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have the right middle managers in place. There are a few that do not have the skills to manage people and shouldn't be.

  2. product management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    brand. excellent benefits for management but average to mediocre for non-management. perks galore and opportunity for tech trainings and conventions.

    Cons

    almost quarterly layoffs - high turnover. DI is really yahoo! more than half of upper management are former yahoo folks and most new folks are also from yahoo.

  3. Fun work place, High School mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free snacks, Pizza fridays.
    Early morning time fits perfectly for my school schedule.
    Everyone is friendly and relaxed
    18 month contract

    Cons

    Its very High School esque.
    Popular people excel while the hard workers get let go.
    People have no problem ratting you out or reporting you
    Slim chance of being hired on after contract ends

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and look at actual work of the employees before highering

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  5. Great experience as programming intern

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    Former Intern - Programming Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Intern - Programming Intern in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work at a fun title game with professionals

    Cons

    On my first day as intern, the supervisor was clearly not ready for an intern. Maybe they hadn't thoroughly thought the position of intern at the team?

  6. It was a good run while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits & perks including corporate discounts & access to Disney Parks & Resorts. Decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salary was a less than competitors, high turnover of management. Difficult to understand true direction of division.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, open communication. Smarter decisions to create more focus & less scatter.

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    Sr Software Engineer

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. Helpful colleges. Fun to work at. Free food.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs. Layoffs occur almost every 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Instead of Engineers , Management chooses technology stack

  8. Fun, family-friendly work environment

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios as a contractor

    Pros

    -Creative, productive workplace
    -Everyday is unique and different from the other
    -Being surrounded by some of the most talented individuals in the industry
    -Producing a family-safe product for the public

    Cons

    Contracted work, so:
    -No health benefits
    -No paid time off or sick time
    -No defined opportunity to climb past the temporary position

    Advice to Management

    Create a clearly defined path for the temporary talent to be hired on permanently. There are very talented individuals that work at the temporary level.

  9. Architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It would be difficult to come up with 20 pros words for DIsney Interactive.I guess I found some good colleagues to work with. They have nice offices. If you consider free PARK passes as a benefit, they would offer that.

    Cons

    No organizational direction, lots of politics. Lots of back channel communication.
    Technical upper management has no clue what would work and what would not.

    Advice to Management

    I have tried to advice senior management but no help. They have set of ideas which they do not want to change either with time not technological revolution. Advice to CEO is to looks at their next tier of management and have a hard look at it and get it evaluated from industry peers.

  10. Disney magic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios

    Pros

    I love working for Disney Interactive. Opportunity to learn and grow. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

  11. Disney Interactive - Death by 1000 cuts

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some talented and passionate people working there.
    Get to go to the parks for free - If you can actually get time off.

    Cons

    No Creatives in places of influence. No original thinking. Copycat mentality in the games studios. All their games are 2nd place fast follow clones. Frozen Free Fall = Candy Crush, Star Wars Commander = Clash of Clans. (and the monetization is a distant second place) I expected more originality from Disney. They sold off or shut down profitable original games because they didn't have Disney IP in them. Rumor has it Kitchen Scramble makes more money than any of the current live Disney Games. Seems RockYou scored big time on that purchase. Too many poorly crafted MVP products, I filed bugs for fixes and 8 months later they remain untouched, broken and live to the public - no one cares.

    silo mentality and business practices. Disney is not one company it's a lot of little independent groups under the flag of Disney with their own P&L that fight for funding. Groups have to pay each other internally if they need help or resources. Need assets for something already made by another group? You need to pay them for it. Several of the products I worked on never saw the light of day because other groups had no interest in implementing them.

    No communication. There are multiple group sometimes making the same product at the same time. Very wasteful business practices. Very, very frustrating place to work.

    Pay is not competitive compared to the rest of Silicon Valley. No stock options. No Bonuses. Meager annual pay raises - LESS THAN 4%.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting the people that make the products doesn't solve your problems, and it is not a long term solid business strategy. It's a short term Wall Street stock price solution. Eventually you will have nothing left to cut and you will put yourself out of a job. Remove the silos. Let teams work together. Put some Creative people in positions of influence. There are too many lawyers making product calls. Walt Disney would be disappointed in Disney Interactive.

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