Disney Internet Group

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Disney Internet Group Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
72 Reviews
3.4
72 Reviews
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Disney Internet Group Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
25 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
  • Very bad management and a huge outflux of talents leaving the company due to lack of visions and career growth (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 people, but always restructuring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work with great people, lots of teamwork activities and nice folks who care about what they do

    Cons

    The organization is constantly changing directions, lots of rolling layoffs in recent times and a bit unstable for recent years.

  2.  

    You Might As Well Go Into Politics

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    Former Employee - Producer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Disney Internet Group

    Pros

    OK benefits, almost market pay, many really great co-workers, the prestige of saying you work for Disney (most people's favorite part, let's be honest), relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment (that is Disney-wide, sadly--there are literally Disney-sponsored classes you can take to try to learn to navigate the political minefields at Disney), no meritocracy even though that is what they claim, useless review/development process that is mainly for show, small raise pools that have to be divided, weak middle management (Directors, VPs, etc.) afraid of innovating/taking chances/input from below, a few people with a lot of power who maybe shouldn't have all that power, no career path unless you are good at "playing the game."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire good people quite often. Listen to them. Moving to a mostly temp/contractor workforce will result in short-term savings but long-term issues. Laying off long-term and therefore expensive employees is cruel. Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly with nice perks, but bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Disney Internet Group as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly, feel-good culture. Flexible hours. Good experience with creative development, project management.

    Cons

    You never really know what's going on management-wise. You feel like a cog in a giant machine, with little effect on the overall business. At some level, it kind of feels like it doesn't matter if you're there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with staff about what's happening at the top.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Had a great time working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Office culture was good for the most part
    - Paid vacations
    - Benefits
    - Given ownership for your own projects and work.
    - Room to grow
    - Worked with many different teams to get a variety of opinions
    - Everyone on the totem pole was listened to

    Cons

    - HR and management were ineffective against office bullying, and ignored any confidentiality when a complaint was filed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Office culture, perks, personal growth.

    Cons

    Product planning should be improved.

  8.  

    Tsunami of leadership change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (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
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment to be in.

    Cons

    Don;t know of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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