Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
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  1. Great place to work . . . until the downsizing.

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    Former Employee - Secretary IV in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Secretary IV in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fun projects, and amazing culture.

    Cons

    No room for growth, downsizing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    "Magic" includes a lot of politics

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    It's Disney. The brand and brands within are very motivational and there is a ton of pride working on such beloved titles and characters. You work with some amazingly talented people and great teams are formed with that talent and coming to work with those people is a treat, a challenge and rewarding.

    Cons

    Politics. Career climbers and "layoff season". Some people excel at Disney and others suffer from the constant threat of layoffs and turnover from change of direction in business strategies. You work hard and strive to move ahead, but all the sudden your boss is gone and a new face who knows nothing about your abilities and brings in their own trusted hands often pushes people either to try again next year or move on out of frustration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that cast members who survive "layoff season" and re-orgs don't have their careers stunted due to the politics decided above. "Retaining talent" is just a motto and not really promoted across the board. To many talented people walk out the door from frustration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to intern, as a college student.

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Associate in Glendale, CA
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Associate in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing Brand that touches millions of lives around the world.

    Cons

    Not the best place to launch a career, especially if your just graduating from college.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Paranoid and deficient "management"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    "The Happiest place on earth" - not There is a sense of euphoria of supporting a better world.

    Cons

    IN this one lesser known division and department, "Management" is not and does not. They are paranoid and deficient in skill. They beat down anyone who does a good job and does nothing to build morale or "mentor" toward development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SMILE! Respect the hard work people do. Mentor! Develop staff and yourself so you don;y have to run scared for your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great company to work for with good perks and great brand recognition.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ample training budget, company will pay for relocation expenses, and Disney perks are great for a family. There are several segments to the business and it depends on which segment you work in as to how happy you'll be. They're all different and feel like separate companies at times.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than working for a start-up. Disney legal is very strict about what you can/can't say about what you've accomplished while working for Disney. I would like to contribute back to the community on open source projects and that is very hard to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. It's Disney! Yay?

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Kids and friends will think you hit the lottery working for the big D.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor you will be replaced shortly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher full-time employees and show the work force you respect artist and their families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Nothing Magical here

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    Current Employee - WDPRO Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - WDPRO Employee in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the best things about working for DIsney are that it is and continues to be a place that is inspired by Kids dreams. The company has existed and thrives off of the belief that the core purpose is to make kids smile. The track record of being a company that has long time employees with careers in the decades is phenomenal.

    Cons

    While the Magic was what lured me to DIsney, it has long since gone. Employee morale is at an all time low for my division, vertical movement is pretty much non-existent, and good ideas are snuffed out by the winds of politics. There are way too many Executive positions, and not enough power to make change at the lower level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eat your own dog food. A quick scan of LinkedIn shows that several current Executives that have been at DIsney for more than a year now are still listing their former employers as current. How can a leader inspire motivation within a company if they don't want to associate with that company publicly themselves?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Music Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Music Supervisor in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Music Supervisor in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    creative environment, company perks, health insurance, some great co-workers

    Cons

    Promotions not based on creative merit or work ethic. Childish behavior. Bad leadership and management. Everyone is out for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing progress with each employer not just once a year. Take a department consensus on who should get promoted & why. Continue to take management classes, and drive results. Take time to develop your employees and reward and compensate them for the hard work that they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. awful

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    none nope not good very bad

    Cons

    too many to count waste of time, disney tax kills productivity and innovation, large bureaucratic company, fragmented teams, poor communication throughout, no opportunities to advance career, most people leave and choose to come back later as a means of self-promotion, very little collaboration, hr does not care, poor compensation,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership = dysfunctional, a big political circus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Designer

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    Current Employee - Designer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and nice perks

    Cons

    Slow moving and lots of changes that don't make sense recently. Very unstable currently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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