Disney Internet Group Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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Disney Internet Group Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
25 Ratings

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)

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  1. Great work culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This place has a great work culture and a good work life balance. Great location in downtown seattle.

    Cons

    Not the best compensation package, not at par with other software companies.


  2. Director, Disney Online

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very creative, talented team. Incredibly strong brand recognition and many strong brand assets to work with from beloved animated characters, TV shows, and studio films. If at the Director level or above, comp plans are much more attractive due to additional executive benefits/perks etc.

    Cons

    Challenging internal systems and bureaucracy. Very difficult and long turn around times to get new ideas approved. When the new executive team came in, many were hopeful they would have the expertise to turn things around, but they are really struggling.


  3. Reorganization has not been smooth

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    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great stable company, good people, decent medical benefits, great work life balance, family friendly company, very nice office

    Cons

    Some of the perks are not readily available if you don't work in SoCal or Florida. Politics can be tricky Reorganization has led to a lot of the best people leaving due to the chaos and culture clashes.

    Advice to Management

    Better define boundaries between departments and roles in the new organizational structure. The reorg was lengthy and not well thought out. Get your technology mindset out of the 1990s. The days of large scale outsourcing are over when technology has become core to your business. Put more focus on serving your internal customers better. The take it or leave it approach isn't what's in the best interest of the company. Customers should be pushed to the cloud because it makes business sense, not because it has become too difficult to do business with your own company.


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  5. Great people, great brand, same issues every company this size has

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global brand recognition, large user base, diverse problem set provides interesting things to do. Discounts on Disney experiences is a plus, very family friendly with good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Large company politics interferes with doing good work. Emphasis on not rocking the boat followed ever six months with sweeping directional changes pushed top down.

    Advice to Management

    Attract and retain good people with competitive compensation coupled with your great brand. Let ideas filter up from below and recognize that your expertise in media and logistics does not make you experts in IT.


  6. My favorite job yet

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Focus on work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many in-house solutions and not what's necessarily used in the rest of the market


  7. Great sets of experience. Kept promoting me and giving me more to do

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks. The brands and the senior management. Where else can you work on a Star Wars game.

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic and political. You need to have the meeting before the meeting, so there's no surprises in the meeting.


  8. You Might As Well Go Into Politics

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    Former Employee - Producer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. 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.


  10. Had a great time working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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



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