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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
25 Reviews
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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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    Rewarding

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    Current Employee - CG Animator
    Current Employee - CG Animator

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

    Pros

    Creative people and friendly work place.

    Cons

    Hours can be long to finish projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    In 1994 the TV Animation Department was autonomous from the rest of the studio but we held our own

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In 1993 -Our shows we edited were our shows, we didn't have anyone consistently looking over our shoulders

    Cons

    Due to that we stood on our own we weren't always able to utilize all the studio facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing from the years I worked there, it was perfectly fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best way to immerse yourself if you want to learn more about a job that will make you happy.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and are now lifelong friends of mine

    Cons

    Sometimes there are really long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great experience as a summer intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the animation process and business

    Cons

    Didn't love living in Burbank.

  6.  

    It's been great to work here.

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    Current Employee - Animation Trainee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Animation Trainee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly, cooperative workers. They are really helpful and as a team, we create wonderful, great movies.

    Cons

    However, there're quite a lot of work, which causes stress and pressure, especially when you start. It might take a while to get used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons, just a wider margin

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits, individual offices with doors are great for focused work, amazing talent under one roof.

    Cons

    Amazingly short-sighted leadership that focuses on retaining employees who are young, cheap, and lack experience. Very little loyalty to individuals who strive for long-term payoffs.

    Scheduling is poor; the studio dictates a release date, but the leadership takes far too long to put the work into production, which leads to unnecessary tight schedules that are completely unreasonable. Artists work hours off the clock to meet these deadlines, and management turns a blind eye to it because there is no other option. Rinse, repeat, but with a tighter schedule the next film.

    Advancement and retention is skewed by how well you manage your relationship with your boss. No turnover of leadership, and very easy to get pigeon-holed in your job. Cross-departmental shifts are rare. Lots of closed-door politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The major complaint has been work/life balance. The complaint is #1 year after year.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Studio that respects the artists

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great people to work with
    - talented people
    - lot's of out of the box thinking

    Cons

    - lots of history that makes it hard for new people to "fit in"
    - executive team not at one page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let go of the past

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Group of People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is one of the best. Hands down one of the best place I have every worked.

    Cons

    Hours can be very long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Really awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, comfortable office, movies are made here!

    Cons

    Disney is not known for their compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place, but watch your back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good studio, good artists. There have been lots of new artists recently. It is headed in a better direction than it was in the past 10 years

    Cons

    tough to trust others and a bit secretive. Lots of backbiting and talk behind closed doors. A difficult work environment unless you have a network of friends within the system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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