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Helpful (4)

Aggressive Naval-gazing

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Engineer
Former Employee - Senior Engineer

I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

- Disney is an incredibly inspiring company to work for
- Disney-related perks and cross-company ties
- Pay and benefits are very reasonable
- Good, solid resume-building opportunities for a major recognized brand
- Vast amount of intellectual property and material to work with
- Strong and professional human resources practices

Cons

- Executive leadership is incredibly unstable, and very weak to non-existent middle management exposes it to all levels. Major political turf wars trickle down the reporting structures and lead to transparently bad decisions. High management turn-over leads to frequent re-orgs, highly reactive strategic shifts, and perpetual wasted effort.
- Constant threat of frequent and far-reaching layoffs implicitly encourages self-serving and defensive behavior between groups. The fear drives people not to succeed, but to ensure there's always a reason another group can be seen as more of a problem. Large parts of the division are effectively paralyzed, engaged in an endless cycle of risk mitigation and defensive planning.
- This is not a technology company. It is an entertainment company that happens to employ people with technical skills. Technology is aggressively managed as a fungible commodity. A need to play within this power structure means technical leadership is often less technically competent the higher you go.
- The company size, bureaucracy, communication overhead, and love of endless discussion with frequent travel makes it very difficult to reach the consensus necessary to make bold decisions or chase emerging technology trends.
- The focus on risk aversion and short-term profits means one must typically look to other divisions to provide the inspiration associated with working for Disney.

Advice to Management

Stop punishing entire teams with widespread layoffs when they take informed risks. Give technology an equal seat at the table with product and finance. Invest heavily in strong middle management to free executive leadership to focus on strategic vision. Stop rewarding defensive finger-pointing, and be less tolerant of endlessly circular discussion. Cut the insistence on personal relationships to get anything done, even if that means gutting the seemingly bottomless travel budget. And take a good hard look at your priorities when you have more product and project people to plan and monitor the work being done than actual people doing the work.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not impressed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working for a well known brand is a good resume builder

    Cons

    No room for growth, poorly organized, lack of communication, many layers of management, many inexperienced middle managers, promoting consumerism & unintelligent culture to kids, very poorly organized overall, male dominated culture

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees, raise entry level salaries, provide more substantial raises for top performers, develop a sustainable growth plan rather than re-organizing every 3 months, develop career paths, offer more training for management, cut travel and expense accounts


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great - while it lasted

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with. This isn't "just" a job, everyone here wants to be here. Great benefits and perks. Salaries are decent. The facilities (depending on your location) are top notch.

    Cons

    Annual layoffs. Like clockwork, at the end of January there will be layoffs. If you survive it, don't breathe easy - there will be another round of layoffs in March or April.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people. Pick a game plan and stick with it.


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