Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CG Animator
    Current Employee - CG Animator

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

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

    Pros

    Creative people and friendly work place.

    Cons

    Hours can be long to finish projects.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Production Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Too much red tape to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the Performance Connections / Reviews - They waste emplyees time, and NO ONE CARES TO BE PART OF IT!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Best Place to Work on Earth...maybe even in the Universal!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to GROW!!! They offer free classes to learn everything that they do here. Plus if they don't offer the classes here, they'll give money every year to take them. The hours maybe a little bit long and the pay are not always that great for newbies, but you get to be apart of the cool process of making movies that influence people. I would say, you get what you put in. You put a lot of time to learn you will reap the benefits DEFINITELY... especially here at Disney!

    Cons

    The hours. I work a lot of hours but only because the movie is about to be release so it's crunch time! But it'll get back to normal just like accountants after tax season.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook the people at the bottom, with determination and experience they'll rise amongst the ranks!


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    Production Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great artists, good working environment.

    Cons

    Management tell you they want to keep you as a staff, please don't go look for work else where. When the project done, they tell you they don't need you anymore and lay you off.

    Advice to Management

    keep your word. or just say upfront the company don't need you after the project done.


  6. Great place to work ...especially when they are doing well financially.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lighting Artist in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Lighting Artist in Burbank, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on great projects. Friendly work atmosphere and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Some management types tend to play favorites but overall studio seems to drive for transparency in its dealings. Focus on the work and you will be recognised if it meets or surpasses the studio standards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being an artist driven studio striving to do better all the time, value the relationships with artists and allow them opportunities to surprise you. Would like to see more diversity in management & creative areas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's a fun place to work, employees are generally treated well, and the product is high quality, but politics.

    Current Employee - Technical Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The output is first-class. Your parents and their friends will know where you work. You get to go to Disneyland for free. Lots of talented people work here.

    One good thing is that the company is uber-stable (for now). Everyone else is going out of business, or has been bought by Disney. Their business model and use of strategic and synergistic couplings of companies is unmatched.

    In general it's great and people are nice, but there is a dark side...

    Cons

    Politics are sometimes a bit crazy, certainly in the TD department. Favorites are played, and so are anti-favorites.

    The company tends to be personality-driven. By this I mean that a department's policies and culture are determined not by figuring out what works best, but by the likes and dislikes of the most influential members of the department. This results in some strange and inefficient practices.

    Ed Catmull (and probably John Lasseter) were/are ringleaders in the wage-fixing debacle in the animation industry. Not nice, if you consider greed and rampant self-interest to be not nice.

    There are no contracts. They try to sell that as an advantage to the employee, but let's be real...


  8. DQ ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL PVT.LTD.

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in New Delhi (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ANIMATION IS MY CAREER

    Cons

    There was good environment. but i leave reason of only very far distance my native place.

    Advice to Management

    There management is good.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. It's been great to work here.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Good job!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Group of People

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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



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