Walt Disney Imagineering

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Most Interesting and rewarding work but too slow moving with entrenched people and processes.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

I worked at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

Pros

- Great product you can be proud to tell your friends and family about
- Immensely creative and talented people (mostly)
- Great combination of hard work and fun work
- Friendly office culture with many formal and informal team celebrations
- Great work life balance if you are proactive at managing your project load (with the occasional all hands on deck deadline)
- Decent pay for a job most would do for free
- Great resume builder and ability to build unique skills
- Clear goals and values initiated at the top with direct links to the work at every level

Cons

- The allure of the job means most people never leave, advancement opportunities are limited and favor tenure over merit. It can feel a bit like waiting in line at Disneyland... but for years not hours
- Talk about developing/retaining talent trumped with many outside hires at mid/high level positions reducing further advancement opportunities from within
- Slow moving decision making and processes can suck the life out of a project/team/individual
- Weak on performance management, very little actionable development feedback given. Slow to pull trigger on letting under performing employees go
- Weak in long term resource planning and endured waves of head count reductions every couple years only to staff up again

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The slow transition away from the old way of working to a more nimble and dynamically scaleable workforce is painful, both for existing employees who question the stability of their job, and the new staff who are not sure how they fit into the organization and processes. Take risks and make step changes with well reasoned hypotheses, rather than incremental changes which feels like a slow pull on a band-aid. Do not assume that the existing middle managers and leadership are suited to lead this transition.

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    Job of a Lifetime

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    Current Employee - Imagineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Imagineer in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment is great; opportunities for personal and professional development; working with people who are among the best in their field.

    Cons

    Promotions are rare in my division; slow career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Project Hire process is a bad idea. It gives valuable field experience to people who are laid off upon their return, while denying the professional growth to the core team members who could provide the most benefit to the Company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very political environment.

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    Former Employee - Hand in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Hand in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Imagineering as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Being able to do what I love.

    Cons

    The work environment . Allowing bad behavior of those over you to not be addressed. Very back stabbing . It was a great place to work, nice amenities but stressful where it wasn't necessary . Lack of respect for your background and ability. Tiered work non-employee vs employee feels like lower class citizens. They have a system of Green and Blue cards. Green is Get laid off at any time ,no benefits no future........

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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