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Typical QA contract hell

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Former Employee - QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Disney Interactive Studios as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

Nice people, good free food.

Cons

Contract work... little to no conversions to FT positions (1 in the two years i was there). Constant "carrot dangling"; "Oh yeah, we are trying hard to get more people converted to Full Time positions" and then nothing happens, or even worse, dozens of people are laid off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pack it up and move the whole operation in Palo Alto to Glendale already. We know it's coming anyways.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Great while it lasted--- art intern

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    Former Employee - Artist Intern in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Artist Intern in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    the work environment is good and the people are nice. the shift is from 8-6 respectively. Disney allowed access to many electronic expos and such, from which to network with smaller companies. they have good company cafeteria, coffee machine and bagels to eat each morning. sometimes the employees would bring in food to share and there is a 1hour lunch break. you will be writing ,drawing,photo bashing,Photoshop work on the computers provided or pitching to managers. the wage is decent and they prepare you well with critiques in the exit interview for your future. human resource handles workplace issues pretty well.

    Cons

    it was a very large group which lead to some disorganization and clicks formed. politics and
    lack of oversight between management and interns and miscommunication lead to some canceled projects
    just be aware that Disney is not allowed to hire interns here but prepare you for other industry connections and anything you create in Disney even if its done on off hour while inside the building is Disney copyright. large company contracts are like that for entry level, take it of leave it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please communicate intent and clarity of purpose when dealing with projects .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Things have changed at Avalanche

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on the enormous hit title, Infinity. AAA home run game with more to come. Great people. There's creative input you won't find at other studios. Work hard, get your stuff done, you'll be okay.

    Cons

    Don't fool yourself, it's the game industry. If this is the career path you've chosen be aware things can change quickly, always be prepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smart decisions have been made to get us here, we're onto something good. The project's a hit, the momentum's rolling, let's keep it going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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