Disney Studios Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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Disney Studios Chairman & CEO Robert A. Iger
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Pros
  • Good hours, good benefits, they take care of you (in 7 reviews)

  • Part of a great tradition and a great brand (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There seems to be a lot of "office politics" going on (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Experience with Typical Corporate Cons

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    kind and hardworking co-workers, fun environment, great culture, good benefits, everyone is willing to meet and network

    Cons

    bureaucratic, limited mobility to other career paths, extremely political


  2. Technology Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People with one of the best working lots in the motion picture industry.

    Cons

    Work is always short for the film industry. There is no way to plan years in advance fro employment. No such thing as job security


  3. Disney Parks & Resorts Digital is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Web Copywriter in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Web Copywriter in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid-back, friendly atmosphere, without the impossible stress and pressures of so many Disney divisions.

    Cons

    Work as a contractor, thus no paid vacations, no sick days, no benefits (no Disneyland).

    Advice to Management

    In the last year our work for the parks increased Disney's main source of profits by 73%, and yet we are still disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tales from the Mouse-House

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a deep love for the Disney brand, it's certainly worth exploring. Sure medical benefits are great and free access to Disney parks is pretty cool. Depending on where you work too, that makes a difference as well, some gigs are more challenging than others.

    Cons

    All the nostalgia and fun of the Disney of yesteryear are gone. Suits rule the kingdom now both at the studio and the parks in cold and calculated manners that take the fun, personality and family out of what is supposed to be a company built for families, by families. HR no longer serves as protection for their cast-members, they are more worried about protecting the company. Long hours, burnt out staff, no appreciation from senior management, commissaries that serves the same bland food, offices that look more like you're in an accounting firm or insurance company than a creative environment and no time or real desire to help anyone move up the ranks to better themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, forget about the surveys and bogus group meetings and start making some changes around here. Foster an environment of fun, like PIXAR, Disney Animation, Google, etc do...inspire your staffs to dream, be creative and actually have a voice. My days are numbered here, I've quit better jobs than this.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Takes advantage of employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Checks arrive on time, brand is well recognized, it's not outright hostile

    Cons

    Takes advantage of employees, keeping some as temp/contract for 18 months; lack of teamwork/silo'ed; not innovating outside of key product areas

    Advice to Management

    focus on people, value and improvement


  7. Working for the Mouse

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very structured and efficient, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Stifles creativity in some ways


  8. Helpful (3)

    Production Manager, Creative Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You work for a prestigious company and a legendary brand.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is horrible. Managers treat employees like children, using archaic and outdated policies to keep control over their little fiefdoms. The company just instituted a "flexible schedule" policy but left it up to each division leader as to whether or not it would work for their team. Guess what. Our manager decided it wouldn't work and dismissed it out of hand. Nice. Hard work and excellent creative work is rewarded with... oh, wait, it's not rewarded at all. Employees are constantly stabbing each other in the back in order to make themselves look good and to position themselves for table scraps from above. It's a toxic and dysfunctional place to work.

    Advice to Management

    All Studio Management should read Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmul and institute the same management practices that they use at Pixar. But that would take self-assessment and the ability to be honest about ones own weaknesses. Never happen.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good opportunities but too much red tape

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    Current Employee - Global Senior Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Global Senior Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge business with different sectors in which to work

    Cons

    Too many people needing to input on small projects and too much red tape

    Advice to Management

    Promote more and let your employees shine


  10. DON'T work here. You've been warned.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The person I used to report to is extremely knowledgeable and intelligent. A lot of learning to be done.

    Cons

    After the first person that I reported to (and had great success with), he got sent to another department and I got stuck reporting to say, "Jon Doe". You do NOT want to report to "Jon Doe". Just to mention a couple of things that "Jon Doe" did: He crept up behind me very quietly and was waiting for me to do something other than programming so he could tell me to get back to programming out loud in front of everyone. Yes, embarrassing. "Jon Doe" is very racist. There were there of us that weren't white, and three of us that were. The treatment is vastly different. "Jon Doe" uses negative reinforcement. Like he says, "You guys are doing good... don't **** it up" "Jon Doe" micromanages his employees. "Jon Doe" WILL interrupt you at several stages during communication so you forget what you were even saying. The list goes on and on but don't let me bore you.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Director, Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits, silver pass, opportunity for career growth

    Cons

    - you're either on the inside connected with long time employees or you're on the out. - don't expect to make changes - culture is what it is. - lots of people just trying to survive - instability



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