Walt Disney Company Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
708 Reviews

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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 26 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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  1.  

    Great company overall, great people, high work pressure.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, brand name, looks good on your resume, good work life balance

    Cons

    High work pressure, politics, hard to grow unless you are a white

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, or other companies will lure your employees...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Growing Experience in Customer Service.

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    Current Employee - Cast Member  in  Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Cast Member in Anaheim, CA

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

    Pros

    Medical Benefits, Better than minimum wage pay, Experience, Friendly Co-Workers, Plenty of hours to work, lots of opportunities, Great Discounts.

    Cons

    Will NOT work with your schedule, Favoritism, not good enough pay for the work you actually do, lots of injuries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the wrong people, give more don't take away more, punish specific people not everyone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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 for 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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  5.  

    A Fun and Amazing Company!

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    Former Employee - Employee Center Representative  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Employee Center Representative in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to work at.
     Awesome commissary for lunch.
     Nice discounts on pretty much anything to do with Disney
    Free theme park tickets(DLR,WDW,DL'Paris,DL'Hong Kong)
     Good start pay over $12p/h

    Cons

    Part-time (On-Call)
    Limited hours per week, sometimes no hours
    limited growth with in the Dept.
    Union Dues and initiation fees are too high for a (Part-time "on-call") position
    No Silver Pass

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to have minimum pay when "on-call" and not used.
    Example if on call for a day and not "used" pay 1.5Hrs because one was on duty to be possibly used.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's Disney, it's a high standard to follow.

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    Current Employee - Attractions Host  in  Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Attractions Host in Anaheim, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great! Getting into the park for free, sign ins, 40% merch during Holiday (nov.-feb) lots of friends, lots of jobs to do.

    Cons

    It's Disney, everyone wants to be here, I started off in Parking, and transferred over to Fantsyaland Attractions, Attractions are at the bottom of the totem pole! I make $9.33 an hour. And any of the better jobs are non-union, it's all a corporate game, half of the Legacy award recipients should not be Legacy Award recipients (on the other hand I've met so many wonderful Legacy recipients) with some moving up can be really fast, with others really slow, depending on if the managers like you. Fantasyland is a great land to be in. They say it's a great job if you don't like getting paid at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've grown so much as a person over a year and a half, working on my degree and I want to be in their PR dept. getting my first transfer was super easy. Schedulers do tend to play favorites all the time, but with my seniority I get my morning shifts and make a lot of hours in a week. Depends on the manager but I love mine at Fantasyland, great team! The upper management is great too! I totally support Bob Iger, but the pay for attractions needs to go up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture of Fear

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    Former Employee - Various  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The insurance is decent, the facilities are great, you get to go to Disneyland for free and take three friends.

    Cons

    The pay tends to be low, there are constant turnovers, layoffs, reorganizations, and downsizings. This has been happening for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a long Time Disney employee, I have seen the company go through many ups and downs. At times it's been great, and I looked forward to driving through the gates every single day. Other times it has felt like a war zone. While the stock price is up currently (along with the rest of the stock market), morale is about as low as it can get right now. There have been periods of times when the management at Disney has treated the employees like family, and like human beings. There were many perks, gifts, swag, and things only employees were allowed to attend or get as an expression of appreciation from the management to the hard work everyone does there. Over the years, Disney has taken almost all of those incentives away, as well as its basic human kindness and goodwill, and has left its workforce exhausted, unappreciated, spiritless, and in constant fear of losing their job. A job that keeps them alive, and pays for their health insurance. I can't imagine a company would get its best work out of a stressed and discouraged workforce who has not felt like a part of the magic in quite a long time. In the last five years, I cannot believe how many people from inside Disney I've seen go on sick leave, quit without a job to go onto, or otherwise become incapacitated and useless in a job setting because of the harsh cultural conditions Disney has decided to adopt on a fairly wide basis. Walking around the studio, I have never seen more people express their unhappiness in open conversation with working at the company, and given the current economic conditions where jobs in entertainment have contracted severely, feel they are stuck in a terrible situation they simply cannot get out of. A cultural shift must take place at Disney where the employee is put first, and not merely considered an afterthought as they often appear to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, main entrance pass and a company that overall exceeds expectations. Some businesses are better than others.

    Cons

    I expected a corporate environment but the politics are more challenging than expected. I believe the success of the company contributes to a culture where people are afraid to say no. While failure is not an option, nor should it be, I've seen management overpromise and then throw their people under the bus when it was impossible for them to deliver. Avoid certain areas of corporate until the leadership is held accountable for their underperformance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take look at your newer initiatives that are under resourced and hold the leaders accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security, easy work for the pay, lack of long term opportunity

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    Current Employee - Outside Machinist  in  Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Outside Machinist in Anaheim, CA

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

    Pros

    Union job at Disneyland Resort which means its hard to get fired or laid off without violating safety or conduct policy. The work is extremely easy for the pay. Mostly inspect, remove, and repair or replace parts as needed.

    Cons

    Because this job is union there will be people who clearly have no place in leadership or the craft at all who cannot be fired. Most people work 3rd shift with days off in the middle of the week and it takes many years to earn seniority to move to 1st shift and/or weekends. I work with men who have been on 3rd shift for 15+ years. Though the work is easy it can get boring when you dont feel like you are being challenged. Also there is no potential for career growth without moving into management once you reach 5 years. Moving beyond entry level management appears to be very selective as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more trust in your teams. Managers need to be more selective in choosing their leaders and it shouldnt be a popularity contest. The company needs to care as much about making the attractions safe and efficient as it does about putting on a good show. It shouldnt take a guest getting injured to correct a deficiency the technicians informed management about months ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great benefits and fellow interns, low pay

    Former Employee - Corporate Intern  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Intern in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern

    Pros

    great benefits like commuter assistance (vanpool, carpool), free snacks, discounts. The people that were my level were great to work with! The campus is so amazing, but you'll spend most of your time in your cube. The company is huge and has been in business for a long time. You will learn a massive amount of things from management to technical skills on excel. Offers training classes to interns. There is just so many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    low pay, stressful environment, "old boys culture" and they don't seem to promote from within. There seems to be bureaucracy to getting things done. It took a while for me to get access to the network. one of the interns didn't even have a desk for a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your office culture to improve the turnover rate in your headquarters. There seemed to be a burn out vibe.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a pretty good place but lots of politics

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is one of positivity and collaboration

    Cons

    Sometimes the executives are out of ouch with the new market
     And make bad decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn more. Don't get stagnant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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