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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
863 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work- Life Balance Well; Nice working environment; Comfortable leadership (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits, main entrance pass and a company that overall exceeds expectations (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is not great and there is not a lot of stability since there are frequent re-orgs (in 36 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job (in 40 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valuable experience all around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    A creatively driven company at its core; one that inspires and impresses with its ownership/dominance of the market. Highly driven, competitive, and economically sound. A place where you will find great talent.

    Cons

    Sheer size of the organization results in high degree of bureaucracy. A lot of cooks in the kitchen for every discipline. Decision paralysis resulting from too much time taken on consensus building. Resistance to change in many respects, traditions that hold back new ideas. Changing career paths or crossing over into another area of the company is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much untapped talent in the employee base - it remains untapped because upper level management doesn't recognize creativity on the part of anyone who doesn't have the words "Creative Director of ___" in their job title. A good idea shouldn't be ignored because of who or where it comes from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic, atmosphere is fantastic

    Cons

    Feeling like just a number

  3.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and grow in your career.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be mixed depending where you work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    sow

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    Current Employee - Animator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Animator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    our company is very nice and this improve my knowledge

    Cons

    this satisfy employ but not satisfy life long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    u satisfy the employs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work . . . until the downsizing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Still Has The Magic...But I Also Drank The Kool Aid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    - Smart, talented, passionate people
    - World class, global entertainment brands. The caliber of content, products, and experiences that Disney creates is consistently top notch.
    - Great resume builder
    - Interesting, challenging work
    - Powerful infrastructure/resources available
    - Many opportunities for advancement or learning new businesses. I think some people can get bogged down in staying in one division but if you're open to change, it's fairly easy to move within the company and try something new.
    - Recently updated vacation policy (salaried employees start with 3 weeks)
    - Great benefits (Insurance, 401k, pension, tuition reimbursement, etc.) and perks (Silver Pass, discounts, screenings, Macs, etc.)
    - Dining Do's: Walt's Chili in the Commissary and a handful of great lunch options in nearby Toluca Lake (Mo's, Olive & Thyme, Sweetsalt, Arde's)

    Cons

    - Layoffs happen constantly. If not in your division/department... somewhere else in the company. If they're not happening today...there are rumors that they're about to happen. Re-org, re-structure, lather, rinse, repeat. This can leave you with a "What if we're next?" anxiety and a sense that everyone is replaceable.
    - Politics, politics, politics
    - "Decision by committee" culture
    - Some teams understaffed
    - Promotions happen at a snail's pace and largely in designated cycles (March and September). Be the squeaky wheel. Start making the case 12-18 months ahead of when you want your promotion to happen. When they do happen....
    - ....the inability to negotiate salary when promoted internally is frustrating but not unique to Disney.
    - Dining Don'ts: A few years ago, they replaced McCormick & Schmicks on Riverside with The Claim Jumper. Do not eat at The Claim Jumper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    different roles available most are low paying

    Cons

    there are none that i can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, opportunity for advancement can be hard to find

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    Caring management and coworkers
    Good work life balance
    Great culture around the office
    Everyone is always willing to share and help

    Cons

    Difficult to find visibility when successful
    Hard to move up unless you are willing to move across often

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Client Services Coordinator Internship

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    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Freedom to choose own breaks, very little in-office time, free park admission, discounts, and admission to some really neat private events.

    Cons

    Not widely respected among office environment, often hard to advance with company after internship ends. Also split off days wasn't really ideal for events and time-off was sometimes a nightmare to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more networking assistance for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the most magical things i have ever done.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photographer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Photographer in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to meet so many new people.
    I was able to be a part of the magic that I had once experienced as a guest, and was able to provide it for others.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are a little tough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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