Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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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. Work/life balance is at the top of the list for working here with great brand recognition.

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    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Engineering in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects and working with bright people.

    Cons

    Compensation is not as competitive as surrounding tech companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on global operations, tele-commuting options, compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great perks, co-workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Environment is upbeat and the opportunity to meet people is fantastic.

    Cons

    it is difficult to find and secure full time positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reinvent the wheel if your going into an existing position A - talk to the experienced employees.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. Excellent Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and supportive management

    Cons

    Low pay, slow professional growth

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  5. Fabulous experience working for a Fortune 500 company

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    Former Intern - PAID Merchandise in Orlando, FL
    Former Intern - PAID Merchandise in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Learning the culture of a Disney Cast Member, paid internship, seminars, behind the "magic" tours, free admission

    Cons

    Interns work a lot of hours depending on the location you're casted, limited amount of time between training and cast members first day on stage (working), bud transportation is unreliable. Limited amount of "call-in" days before termination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was lucky enough to have a great management team that supervised me. Most were very understanding if difficult situations arose, and they were always there to help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. This is a company you will be proud to be a part of

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong brand, great leadership, products are great, collaboration is key, strong relationship building skills required, the goals of the company are clear and everyone is going in the same direction, global company, stability and growth

    Cons

    Big ship may not be as nimble, depending on people or department, may have political environment,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your internal employees with raises and market pay, the external ones are getting it so it's almost like your punishing those that have been with Disney (get out of the "I have to leave and comeback to grow especially in pay)" mentality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Disney college program

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    Former Intern - Disney College Program
    Former Intern - Disney College Program

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

    Pros

    Get to work with good people, build customer service skills, and play at the parks for free

    Cons

    The payment was not worth with what i worked. Had to work really hard and fast at my location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there should be a meeting that welcome new College program intern so that other cast member would be willing to help the new ones adapt to the environment quickly and feel more welcome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Great Place to Work!

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    Former Employee - Creative Producer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Creative Producer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Its a great place to do what you love. Who doesn't like making kids and families happy! You feel as though you're making a difference when you know your product is safe for kids. The pay was good and so was the vacation and sick time. They also have really good health benefits.

    Cons

    It can be stressful at times, and it is hard to move up from the position or department you entered into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to listen to your workers when they have an idea. Just because they don't have a managers title doesn't mean they aren't aware of what could benefit the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    If you're wanting to be surrounded by Disney magic and get discounts through the Walt Disney Company

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    Current Employee - Cast Member in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Cast Member in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    You get free theme park tickets 50% off hotels and get to be surrounded by the Disney magic all the time.

    Cons

    Not many hours working no benefits for part-time cast members no paid vacations for part-time cast members it hard opportunity to grow within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Part time cast member employee benefits better communication with store employees and more opportunities for cast members to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. The guest service experience is quite remarkable.

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    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Most cast members are very nice, friendly, and supportive. Being around people who have similar likes is important for providing world class guest service.

    Cons

    The pay is quite low making it very difficult to make ends meet. This adds stress to you and subsequently lowers your performance. Management oftentimes seems to treat hourly workers like 2nd class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read some advice from John Maxwell. He seems to have the whole management thing down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Very compartmentalized, only allowed to work on your small assigned section of work. Lots of downtime with nothing to do

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    Former Contractor - Network Operation Center Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Network Operation Center Technician in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    High paying. Nice facilities. Nice take home equipment. Smart full time colleagues. Extremely well designed network.

    Cons

    Inconsistent rules from different managers. Very compartmentalized. Tedious repetitive work. Hours of downtime with nothing to do. No projects or freedom to help other departments with their work. Very little training. No room for growth to different department. Firings ("seperations") without warning daily. Leadership doesn't follow through on promises like schedule rotation. I was stuck on night shift for a year when we agreed to switch every 2 months. I was allowed to work from home, then when a new manager was assigned, I was let go for working from home too often without warning. Everyday I tried to work with network engineers to learn more about their projects and get involved but they don't have the time or resources to include you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plans for personal growth that are followed through. Following through on scheduling promises. Projects to work on during downtime. Assignment to a smarter higher up colleague to assist in their work and learn how to do what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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