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Disney Internet Group Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
68 Reviews
3.4
68 Reviews
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Disney Internet Group Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is excellent, work is passionate, people are fun (in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice environment, Located in Seattle downtown, Nice people, 9-5 office hours, (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge turnover rate; bad management - inattentive, ineffective, absent; highly sensitive politics (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't seem to know what they wanted to do, little direction (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group

    Pros

    One of the greatest brands in the world. Very smart upper management.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Not as innovative as it would like to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to separate from some of the corporate hurdles that hold you back. Rules and process that apply to the say the Parks division, perhaps shouldn't apply at the Internet group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office culture, perks, personal growth.

    Cons

    Product planning should be improved.

  3.  

    Tsunami of leadership change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Disney has a lot of money

    Cons

    huge change of leadership and lack of strategy made for slow moving culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find core talent and build teams around them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment to be in.

    Cons

    Don;t know of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Tough Environment

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    Current Employee - Various  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Various in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have never worked with smarter, more committed people than I did at Disney. The benefits are quite good. The office atmosphere is casual, and corporate policies are somewhat progressive in terms of work/life balance and flexibility. I was genuinely proud of the products I supported and the work I did.

    Cons

    The constant layoffs and reorgs are unbearably stressful, and result in great people being sacrificed on the altar of bad management, while those remaining see their workloads triple with no recognition. The recent shift to an 'open work environment' makes concentration and privacy impossible. Recently stopped offering pension to all new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reorgs are driving your best people to burnout and driving up turnover. Stop doing them when they're not necessary. New execs don't always have to kill the former lion's cubs. And in 15 years, we'll look back on the 'open work environment' experiment and admit it was great for facilities costs but horrible for morale and productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No direction, no strategy, BUT must be able to wear 1000 hats

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company name, the Silver Disney pass, and if you have kids the discounts are amazing.

    Cons

    Political organization where accountability is a foreign word. If you aren't part of the 'in' crowd your basically shoved to the side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so jaded and really look on the floor at who is doing what. The last lay off was cut too deep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly. Product owners open to listening to good ideas from the engineering team.

    Cons

    My experience was overall very positive.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is an excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent, work is passionate, people are fun. Commuting options are plentiful.

    Cons

    none - best place I've ever worked. Do not have enough good things to say about the environment here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Good executives continue to rise to senior influential positions.

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

    Good teams, good management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good leadership, interesting projects, good work/life balance, smart co-workers, family-friendly, great benefits, fun & unique team-building activities, silver pass for access to Disney parks

    Cons

    Bureaucracy due to various teams within Disney with conflicting goals/agendas,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but lacks innovation and speed

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The place is full if nice people and good perks.
    Fun brands/franchises to work with
    Pay is fair.

    Cons

    No innovation or disruptive initiatives happen here
    Corporate processes can slow down iteration speed, making your feature irrelevant by the time it deploys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear down corporate walls that slow us down in this fast-paced industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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