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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
773 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work- Life Balance Well; Nice working environment; Comfortable leadership (in 28 reviews)

  • Great benefits, main entrance pass and a company that overall exceeds expectations (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is not great and there is not a lot of stability since there are frequent re-orgs (in 33 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    A wonderful, magical place for people with a heart for Disney.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    If you like a creative atmosphere with great professionalism and great company values this is a great place to work. Great benefits for Disney lovers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of possibilities to grow or change divisions. Salaries are not raised frequently, if you want a change you need to change from job level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-workers made this job great.

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

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

    Pros

    It was the most fun I've had working. Great family atmosphere and worked with some of the most creative people I've ever met.

    Cons

    Not enough chances to advance. Just because it's Disney, doesn't mean they aren't big business. Making money is their goal at any cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold workers accountable for what they do good or bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology - IT - Depressing

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance is priceless. Overall leadership understands the need for work/life balance. Health benefits are still the best around. Salaries are competitive but not leading the way.

    Cons

    The Technology team is currently going through a poorly executed transition that includes a significant play with "managed resources" aka: Offshore support. Since the transformation was so poorly executed, morale is at its lowest in years, productivity is down. The almost 1000 IT Team members still have no clear direction. New leadership has been brought in with no earthly conception of Disney's brand, nor do they really care. Employees (Cast) have been DE-branded to the point that great talent is looking to leave. The off-shoring of technical jobs has reached new highs to the point the cast have no respect for the company any longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the most Senior Management. Time for them to open their eyes to the dismantling of the technology organization and stop shipping jobs to India. Take a look at the most recent Cast Survey results and ask questions and don't take excuses. Check morale and actual results and not disguised numbers that look good. Encourage CIO leadership to embrace Disney culture and leverage the talent within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Company

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    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Encouraging and flexible.
    Progression within the wider company

    Cons

    progression in a department and overseas transfer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bring Your Thick Skin With You

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

    I worked at Walt Disney Company part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free admission to Disneyland Resort Parks worldwide (except Tokyo); discounts at food and retail outlets; a chance to make new friends.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for the stress you put up with from guests who feel entitled to do whatever they want because they took out a second mortgage on their house to afford to go to the park. Guests who will fight with you because they like to play dumb with you. Ageism is rabid among the younger college age cast members who feel it's ok to disrespect the older adults they work with. What kills me is cast members are represented by the Teamsters who are useless except for taking dues out of your paycheck. Oh, and if you need time off, you must schedule three weeks in advance or you're up a creek with no paddles. I could go on, but I might run out of space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a spine! Your Cast members are your greatest asset but they are often treated like trash. Giving them anniversary pins because they survived a year in the trenches isn't enough. I understands profits are everything but how about a higher starting salary?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing place to start my young career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    Working for a company that truly values their employees.

    Cons

    I have not come across any cons. I love working for Disney.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    good salary, free entry to parks

    Cons

    bad employees, no personal time given

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give personal care

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing Magical here

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    Current Employee - WDPRO Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - WDPRO Employee in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the best things about working for DIsney are that it is and continues to be a place that is inspired by Kids dreams. The company has existed and thrives off of the belief that the core purpose is to make kids smile. The track record of being a company that has long time employees with careers in the decades is phenomenal.

    Cons

    While the Magic was what lured me to DIsney, it has long since gone. Employee morale is at an all time low for my division, vertical movement is pretty much non-existent, and good ideas are snuffed out by the winds of politics. There are way too many Executive positions, and not enough power to make change at the lower level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eat your own dog food. A quick scan of LinkedIn shows that several current Executives that have been at DIsney for more than a year now are still listing their former employers as current. How can a leader inspire motivation within a company if they don't want to associate with that company publicly themselves?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant

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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

    Great family friendly company. Work-life balance is good. Offers a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities only available if you work in LA/NY/Orlando

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Music Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Music Supervisor in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Music Supervisor in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    creative environment, company perks, health insurance, some great co-workers

    Cons

    Promotions not based on creative merit or work ethic. Childish behavior. Bad leadership and management. Everyone is out for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing progress with each employer not just once a year. Take a department consensus on who should get promoted & why. Continue to take management classes, and drive results. Take time to develop your employees and reward and compensate them for the hard work that they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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