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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.7 683 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Walt Disney Company President, CEO, and Director Bob Iger

Bob Iger

(436 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 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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    A magical experience; when I'm old and rich, I'll work there again.

    Disney College Program (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    Pros-could put a thousand pros
    -coworkers become family
    -access to the parks
    -making magic for guests
    -creating memories for people that will last forever
    -going to Disney World every day
    -focus on events for employees
    -at least 994 more pros that I can't think of currently

    Cons-don't do it for the money, the pay is terrible
    -long shifts
    -really hot summers
    -not all guests (customers) are happy to be there
    -aggressive foreigners
    -unionized co-workers that don't contribute to the team effort

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was definitely an entertaining and rewarding experience

    Bell Service Dispatcher (Former Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsUpbeat people. Fun atmosphere. Benefits are nice.

    ConsStressful. Many guests feel entitled to free things because of the cost of their vacations.

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

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

    Attractions Host (Current Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementI'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.

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

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    Love Your Job and Act Like It

    Custodial Cast Member (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsThis is a company that has amazing opportunities for growth in any area you want to pursue as long as you work at it. You must love what you do and work extremely hard, sometimes harder than it seems you should especially in the beginning, but it will be so worth it. This is a company that knows how to take care of employees. And if you are an employee that is passionate about your job, no matter what the title, you will have a job for life and grow in any aspect of this company you are interested in. You just have to have the drive. Don't get me wrong: it is extremely competitive and tough, but if you love it, it will be worth it.

    ConsHours can be rough, especially if transportation is a problem for you. This is a company that is notorious for its strict adherence to rules and traditions, but it is only a con for the most part if you simply can't work in a fast paced environment. There are some issues with regulations that are economically, monetarily and time wise for the company, not sound, but if you do your job, then it isn't your issue to fix.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is such an amazing work culture at Disney that it is a shame that there is inflexibility in smaller managerial or operational issues, such as custodial methods, that are not allowed input from the cast members doing that specific job. There is great open communication between cast members and management, but there is no outlet for any further discussion or possible needed change to actually take place. This is my only criticism. All in all, my job at Disney is my favorite job and was blessed to work for such an amazing company.

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

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    Great company for benefits and longevity.

    Performer (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking in a Broadway show, they ran it very professionally, more corporate than other broadway productions

    Cons2 show days on the weekends

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know the staff better

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

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    It's a pretty good place but lots of politics

    Senior Digital Designer (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsThe culture is one of positivity and collaboration

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn more. Don't get stagnant.

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

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    very happy

    Performer (Current Employee) Anaheim, CA

    Prosvery good health care and benefits

    Consvery long hours, very hard to constantly stay in character, they dont care enough enough their employees

    Advice to Senior Managementneeds more training

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    food and beverage

    Dining Room Server (Current Employee) Lake Buena Vista, FL

    ProsThe best reason to work for Disney is the benefits you can take advantage of

    ConsThe biggest challenge of working for Disney is how to deal with public.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to hire personnel with more experience at the job they are hired for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disney is a pretty good company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, great perks, great brand. You get to work with really smart and creative people.

    ConsVery political environment. Company profits reign above all else. Employees are disposable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more courage and commitment to developing new digital businesses / start-ups internally. Don't always look externally for innovation via acquisition where you pay 10x what could be developed internally if the right organizational and incentive structures were implemented.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love your job and you'll never work a day in your life

    Attractions Host (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsWorking in attractions was fun and enjoyable. The castmembers became great friends of mine and I loved going to work, most of the time! Disney has pretty nice benefits, including park access for you and your dependents.

    ConsCostuming never has what you need in your size... Hours can get very low during the slower seasons. Many college-aged kids work here and can be immature. Guests can be rude but you have to grin and bear it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTomorrowland management, keep up the good work! However, scheduling people for "group shifts" does not work well for people with lives outside of work: we need to know more than 4 hours before a shiftwhen we need to be at work!

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

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