Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Overall leadership understands the need for work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits for Disney lovers (in 42 reviews)

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  • Work-life balance depends on your department (in 36 reviews)

  • Working a variety of long hours (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    With its nurturing and innovative corporate culture, this is one of the best companies to work for in the industry.

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    Current Employee - Flash Designer in North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Flash Designer in North Hollywood, CA
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    Pros

    Disney has an excellent benefits package and seemingly limitless perks from discounts at restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms, to free admission to Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. Coworkers are extremely competent and always willing to help and nurture your own growth as well as the company's overall growth.

    Cons

    Numerous divisions and chains of command can sometimes slow certain requests and processes. Innovation is constantly encouraged, however, and forward progress is still a main priority.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear and concise chain of command.


  2. Helpful (1)

    The Strongest Company in the Entertainment Industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Burbank, CA
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    Pros

    Disney is the only true brand in the entertainment industry and its worldwide reach and visibility (coupled with the fact that it's the second most recognizable brand globally after only Coca-Cola) mean that no matter what your job function, people are suddenly interested in what you do...not to mention it looks great on a resume. The company is extremely strategic in its direction, and even the highest level initiatives are communicated to all staff; at the corporate level, there's a lot of exposure to different groups as well as executive management. Disney is a company that champions innovation and creativity, and those values are reflected in allowing employees to really work beyond the scope of their direct job responsibilities to lead projects and initiatives regardless of role. Benefits are excellent, including unlimited admission to Disney theme parks, and "celebrations" are a big part of the culture. Disney is a Fortune 100 organization that, while huge, really goes out of its way to make every employee feel like a member of the family.

    Cons

    Although management is taking agressive action to combat this perception, including introducing virtual workplaces and flex scheduling, the work-life balance in many groups isn't great, and you're often expected to work very long hours. The pay is very competitive for the entertainment industry, but well below market value in other industries. The company is also extremely decentralized, so it's often difficult to gain exposure to other business units and employees who aren't in your group...many roles are extremely siloed (but the company definitely champions internal growth and rotational exposure to all lines of businesses). There's little uniformity in business practices, policies, etc. between the different businesses, so it can feel a little overwhelming. Also, everyone is extremely well credentialed and best-in-class as Disney believes in strategically hiring the best talent for every role, so be prepared for a very competitive corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Our stock's doing well, we're making smart acquisitions, and continue to be an industry leader in all fields in which we work. As an employee, you have an understanding that the ship is being guided by the most capable people in business, and their open door policy guarentees access to even the highest level of executive.


  3. I'm having a great time.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Burbank, CA
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    Pros

    The opportunities within such a large organization are endless, between divisions, and even across disciplines. Its fun to contribute to well respected entertainment experiences, and you get to work alongside some pretty neat teammates and partners.

    Cons

    As with any large company, there is a lot of red tape and procedural burdens. In general, but not in every case, the price you pay for the stability of a career within a well established company is a lower salary than you may get at a start-up or elsewhere perhaps. We run scared of liability too much, both in terms of our consumer facing products and services, as well as our own internal practices and programs.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great "first job" for recent grads to gain invaluable experience

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    Former Employee - Associate in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Glendale, CA
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    Pros

    Disney Consumer Products provides a great opportunity for recent graduates to get their foot into industry, especially if you are in the IT or Business Administration field such as Information Systems, Marketing and Finance. These internships are designed to last for six months: January-June and July-December. Their campus recruitment staff works closely with you, if you are selected, from your very first interview to your exit interview at the end of your term. During your six months here, you will have many opportunities to learn from the best by frequent interactions with your managers as well as executives. Even as an Undergraduate Associate, you will be expected to perform like any other professional in the field, and often be involved in important decision making process. At the same time, you will be respected by all as a professional regardless of your associate status. DCP jobs are posted on their job portal at www.dcpcareers.com.

    Cons

    Cafeteria at DCP offered limited choices, and was relatively expensive. There are not too many places to eat around the campus. Furthermore, depending on your location, commuting to Glendale, CA, can be a hassle; however, they do encourage employees to carpool, take Metrolink, or even bike to work for monetary incentives.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to periodic reviews, set a guideline on which the associate would be evaluated. Make an effort to involve the associate in as many managerial/executive meetings to introduce him/her to the corporate world.


  6. Disney is an absolute fantastic company to work for...but, you must be able to juggle corporate politics.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented, stable company, creative opportunities. You work hard the company works hard for you. Good employee benefits.

    Cons

    huge corporate company, politics are hard to deal with at times.

    Advice to Management

    very knowledgeable, wish they shared more information


  7. Great company - hard driving...be prepared to work 50+ hours per week if you are in management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Buena Vista, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunites to grow and learn. There are so many opportunites you can take your career in many directions. They offer excellent training as well.

    Cons

    Work/life balance does not always exist.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive to hire the best to keep Disney moving forward. Overall, it is a GREAT company and easy to understand why they are the industry leader.


  8. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed almost all of it. Great work environment and great people. Good work/life balance most of the time.

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    More town hall meetings.


  9. A magical journey

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Guest Service Manager in Orlando, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Disney promotes to create and foster a truly inclusive environment for all Cast Members. I joined the Walt Disney Company as part of an international program, after completing my secondary education in Germany. My leaders treated me as an individual, developed me and where knowledgeable about my job. Personal and Professional Development was important to me and The Walt Disney Company offeres classes at Disney University, Web Based Training as well offering education al reimbursement.

    Cons

    In the parks and resorts, workloads are dependent on season. In my former line of business this sometimes lead to opportunities with work and life balance. This is an industry wide challenge and I do not have any suggestions resolve this.

    Advice to Management

    Please, continue teaching Disney Great Leader Strategies to Leadership and continuously utilize these as guiding principles. Have worked for The Walt Disney Company makes me proud, please continuously focus on inflicting passion and pride to all Cast Members


  10. Helpful (2)

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - Manager, Corporate Communications in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Corporate Communications in Burbank, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is an endless amount of opportunity within The Walt Disney Company and all of it's lines of business. From Media Networks and the Studios to Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products, there are so many great people and great career paths to explore and pursue.

    Cons

    Working at a company as large and complex as Disney can be a little bit intimidating at times, but I think learning how all the parts of the company work together and impact each other is an amazing experience and completely invaluable.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership at Disney do a wonderful job at providing their employees opportunities for growth and expansion within their current role, as well as around the company. This should continue to be emphasized to employees at every level.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing , fun and gained an insight into how things work in a legacy company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is very well established. People are very friendly and personable. Senior management organize events and conferences at least 1-2 times a year to communicate important developments within the company and answer questions

    Cons

    Promotions take a long time, years sometimes. Full time opportunities are less as compared to part-time / temporary project based positions.

    Advice to Management

    Offer transparency in terms of hiring/layoff decision. Focus on recruiting standards. needs to be more pro-active.



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