Walt Disney Animation Studios
3.8 of 5 25 reviews
www.disneyanimation.com Burbank, CA

Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014

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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull

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95% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    CG Animator (Current Employee)

    ProsCreative people and friendly work place.

    ConsHours can be long to finish projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In 1994 the TV Animation Department was autonomous from the rest of the studio but we held our own

    Supervisor (Former Employee)
    North Hollywood, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing from the years I worked there, it was perfectly fine.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

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

    ConsSometimes there are really long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience as a summer intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearned a lot about the animation process and business

    ConsDidn't love living in Burbank.

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    It's been great to work here.

    Animation Trainee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

    ConsHowever, 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 Senior ManagementGood job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Studio that respects the artists

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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 Senior Managementlet go of the past

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Group of People

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsHours can be very long

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pros and Cons, just a wider margin

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really awesome place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsFriendly coworkers, comfortable office, movies are made here!

    ConsDisney is not known for their compensation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place, but watch your back

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsGood 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

    Constough 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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