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A guessing game

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Former Employee - Animator in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Animator in Salt Lake City, UT

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good people, fun projects, potential for growth.

Cons

Management is all over the place, the actual facilities are extremely lacking

Advice to Management

Inspire and reward hard work more often

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    Toxic, oppressive, horrific

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    Current Employee - Vice President Creative in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Creative in Glendale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Get to see how the Disney machine operates. Learn valuable lessons about how NOT to run a business. There is a very, very small group of talented people -- but they're on the way out.

    Cons

    Quite literally the most toxic, hostile and unhealthy environment I've seen. During annual employee feedback the statistically overwhelming complaint is professional oppression yet it's ignored. Work/life balance is horrible. Complaints of verbal abuse are common but HR is completely disengaged. Lying and backstabbing to get ahead are so common they are expected and engrained in the culture. Being disrespectful and harsh is encouraged as a motivational tool by some senior execs. The pay is comically low. A VP here is equivalent to a senior manager at a tech company. SVP = a Director, etc. Entrenched dinosaurs are everywhere and hold on to dated ideas of "leadership" and control. Incompetence breeds incompetence here and it's everywhere. The ratio of talent to dead weight is rapidly deteriorating. Promotions are politically motivated. It's simply a train wreck of an organization.

    Advice to Management

    As part of the exec team I see a chance to turn this around but we must rid ourselves of the poisonous influences. It's painfully obvious to all who needs to go. How much of the top talent has to leave before the cancer is removed? Imagine how the group would perform with actual leadership. You can't buy loyalty or respect through promotions and raises. Adhere to the currently hollow values we hang on our walls and stop the hostility and abuse.


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    Aggressive Naval-gazing

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    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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