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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.7 671 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Walt Disney Company President, CEO, and Director Bob Iger

Bob Iger

(430 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life Balance, can work hours you want to set and take half hour lunches(in 23 reviews)

  • The offices have a great work environment and positive, easy to get along with coworkers(in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance depends on your department(in 25 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job(in 36 reviews)

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    High Stress Low Pay

    Concierge (Former Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsYou do get to go into the Parks for free and get a discount on Disney Merchandise

    ConsTime off is based on seniority, long hours, poor communication, schedules are messed up all the time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not enough pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfree tickets and discounts on merchandise

    Consstruggle to pay bills and survive

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible company.

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsNo pros I can think of.

    ConsWorst company you could ever imagine working for. I worked in a professional field and from day one was not provided mentoring or guidance one would expect from a company as big as Disney.

    I have worked for another Fortune 250 company prior to Disney and it was far superior. One major con is the fact the leaders criticize yet don't help you improve. The term "feedback is a gift" is regularly thrown around to sugar coat the constant berating by colleagues and leaders. If you are offered a job here, think long and hard before accepting. I can honestly say it was the worst professional experience of my life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect and develop them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great perks, little advancement

    Senior Web Developer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsExtremely family-friendly, good benefits, many perks, like tics to advance screenings, entry passes to Disneyland, and discounts on other Disney experiences.

    ConsMany perks don't mean a lot if you don't have a family. Raises are small unless you get a promotion, and promotions are few and far between.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take your loyal employees for granted.

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

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    Very political and favoritism throughout the organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSeeing how things are done and created behind the scenes

    ConsLow pay and nobody notices you unless you make a mistake.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more visible

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work-life balance depends on your department

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work is very professional, done by serious people. You will learn a lot. Benefits are very good.

    ConsWork-life balance depends on your department. Some expect people to work 70 to 80 hours a week. Newer employees get less benefits than existing employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    UGA

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood to start a career

    ConsVery slow upward movement, clicky culture, most absolutely love the brand

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    Disney College Program

    Disney College Program Intern (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsFor those who are just out of high-school entering the workplace for the *first* time, I can imagine it would be quite a fun and practical experience with plenty of learning lessons and introductions into multiple levels of corporate culture. The program is designed for students from out of town, (despite the overwhelming majority of it's cast members being locals.) The program is quite enjoyable for those whom are NOT presently attending school. (on break or already graduated). The program is set up as 95% front-line work experience, and 5% classes, with many opportunities for optional extracurricular activities; as well as cast member benefits such as discounts, free personal DLR park access, and other fringe benefits dependent on your level of hubris.

    ConsFor those whom are local, there is a large portion of the program designed to eschew you, as those from out of town stay in a dormitory where several events are held only for those staying in the dormitory. If you are a local resident, you simply do not attend; while the organizers of the events say otherwise, there is almost no way to attend. For anyone past high-school or whom has worked in an industry you are typecast for (e.g. if you've worked retail they will likely put you in 'merchandising'=retail) It can be a devastating step backward. None of your past skills are assessed or utilized (I was a retail manager for multiple big-box chains for almost a decade, changing careers and in college again, several others were in similar scenarios, past our teen years, but treated as cattle) there was an unspoken but heavily enforced sexism in the merchandising dept: males did heavy lifting, backbreaking hours upon hours of gobacks, whilst females always did folding and tidying up of tables and clothes, there was absolutely zero deviation from this fully enforced sexism, even upon challenging it and escalating it, a coworker once complained of back pain after doing 3 hours of carrying the large baskets of heavy go-backs around and the supervisor told him to put an extra basket in front of him to 'balance out the load' There are many tropes about for and against college program workers, whom the regular workers would call 'temps' or 'CP'. College program workers are given an artificial electronic level of seniority of 2 years to allow for schedule flexibility due to the fact that most DCP CMs are currently in school or working 2 or 3 jobs. Because of this level of seniority, the CP CMs are largely frowned upon by those whom either earned their seniority or do not have it yet despite working there for years, without the same level of schedule flexibility. Scheduling is a gigantic part of the experience as a Disney CM, as you are on a pre-determined schedule assigned to you by a seperate department that is different for every day, you have no say in your schedule other than to *request* (emphasis on the word request) a day off or differently scheduled. CMs are required to seek out other CMs to perform a schedule swap one for one, and there are dozens of rules and regulations imposed, and the system is electronic with no room for accommodation or leeway. You cannot plan a day off too far in advance (e.g. your own wedding in 6 months) or less than 2+ weeks in advance; and your request can be cancelled at any time for any reason. The CMs attendance is operated on a demerit system they call "points". Points are bad, if you are say 10 minutes late, you receive a certain number of points (or points and a half) the point values change frequently, and they are assessed electronically, often times out of sync with their own timeclocks, CMs may accumulate points without their knowledge because they thought they were always on time, only to be reprimanded in surprise. You must always be early for your shift, e.g. if you work at 8am, you must arrive at approximately 7:50am, keep in mind to arrive at your job's checkin location can take between 30 minutes to over an hour to park, and take a shuttle/tram/walk to the location you start work at. Where I worked the average was 55 minutes travel time. Most of these situations pale in comparison however, to the disparity felt by those slighted by their department placement people.
    In my 'class' there were masters-degree earning chefs whom were placed as janitors, legal students placed as bakers, graphic designers placed in retail, hotel hospitality management students placed in ride operations, and electrical engineering students placed as hotel front desk workers. Every class we were missing more and more students, whom I would find out just couldn't take watching their dream slip out of their grasp because there was absolutely zero department changing under any circumstances.
    And finally, something that multiple regular CMs told me while I was there but that I ignored as heresay, proven true: the Disney College Program seems to have been built as a form of union-scab supply, we would see protestors on the streets around DLR regularly, and some held signs protesting *us* the college program CMs. It was difficult to feel pride working for a company so vaunted in culture. But I never lost the Disney inspiration. I just realized that the DCP and the parks were NOT Disney, Disney is in Glendale. Disney parks are in Anaheim. remember that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFulfill the promise to DCP CMs in your literature, stop making them work fulltime+ hours doing menial labor, and let them learn from the part of Disney that correlates to their degree they are earning.

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

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    Contractor for Disney Corporate

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsWork Life Balance, can work hours you want to set and take half hour lunches

    ConsOffice culture, 18 month rule of how long you can be a contractor, no perks

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat contractors with the same respect as a permanent employee. We work just as hard but because we are contractors we are treated like step children.

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    A lot of work, not enough pay

    Cashier (Current Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsThere are great perks, and a lot of fun at times

    ConsThere is a lot of work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more support

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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