Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
711 Reviews

3.8
711 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    A Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Interesting projects, casual working environment

    Cons

    work-life balance, lack of training

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Worked here as a Professional Intern. Disney gives you all the tools needed to succeed: including mentor-ship and workshops.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel really small in a corporation of this size.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Labor  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Labor in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunity to advance, love the diversity, will help pay for schooling if it ties into your job.

    Cons

    People that get promoted that shouldn't be. Pay is not great unless your in a skilled position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very editing, creative experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Get to do many creative projects

    Cons

    It is a very big company with slow decision making

  6.  

    Really underpayed

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    Current Employee - Guest Relations Host  in  Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Guest Relations Host in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perks are free park admission full medical and dental and some OT

    Cons

    Work way to much for way to little.NO support from leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give real feedback to help your team grow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture of Fear

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    Former Employee - Various  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The insurance is decent, the facilities are great, you get to go to Disneyland for free and take three friends.

    Cons

    The pay tends to be low, there are constant turnovers, layoffs, reorganizations, and downsizings. This has been happening for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a long Time Disney employee, I have seen the company go through many ups and downs. At times it's been great, and I looked forward to driving through the gates every single day. Other times it has felt like a war zone. While the stock price is up currently (along with the rest of the stock market), morale is about as low as it can get right now. There have been periods of times when the management at Disney has treated the employees like family, and like human beings. There were many perks, gifts, swag, and things only employees were allowed to attend or get as an expression of appreciation from the management to the hard work everyone does there. Over the years, Disney has taken almost all of those incentives away, as well as its basic human kindness and goodwill, and has left its workforce exhausted, unappreciated, spiritless, and in constant fear of losing their job. A job that keeps them alive, and pays for their health insurance. I can't imagine a company would get its best work out of a stressed and discouraged workforce who has not felt like a part of the magic in quite a long time. In the last five years, I cannot believe how many people from inside Disney I've seen go on sick leave, quit without a job to go onto, or otherwise become incapacitated and useless in a job setting because of the harsh cultural conditions Disney has decided to adopt on a fairly wide basis. Walking around the studio, I have never seen more people express their unhappiness in open conversation with working at the company, and given the current economic conditions where jobs in entertainment have contracted severely, feel they are stuck in a terrible situation they simply cannot get out of. A cultural shift must take place at Disney where the employee is put first, and not merely considered an afterthought as they often appear to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too corporate for me.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Free entry to Disney Parks.

    Cons

    Low salary, has a brainwashed feeling to me.

  9.  

    Great career company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Happy, smart people to work with, average pay, pretty good benefits. Beautiful offices to work in. Downtown parking is paid for by the company in Seattle, though that varies from city to city.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen constantly and it shakes up the morale of the company. Do not work in Disney Interactive, most layoffs seem to come from that division in my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to move up in their career by actively discussing and learning about other groups with open positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, main entrance pass and a company that overall exceeds expectations. Some businesses are better than others.

    Cons

    I expected a corporate environment but the politics are more challenging than expected. I believe the success of the company contributes to a culture where people are afraid to say no. While failure is not an option, nor should it be, I've seen management overpromise and then throw their people under the bus when it was impossible for them to deliver. Avoid certain areas of corporate until the leadership is held accountable for their underperformance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take look at your newer initiatives that are under resourced and hold the leaders accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security, easy work for the pay, lack of long term opportunity

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    Current Employee - Outside Machinist  in  Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Outside Machinist in Anaheim, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Union job at Disneyland Resort which means its hard to get fired or laid off without violating safety or conduct policy. The work is extremely easy for the pay. Mostly inspect, remove, and repair or replace parts as needed.

    Cons

    Because this job is union there will be people who clearly have no place in leadership or the craft at all who cannot be fired. Most people work 3rd shift with days off in the middle of the week and it takes many years to earn seniority to move to 1st shift and/or weekends. I work with men who have been on 3rd shift for 15+ years. Though the work is easy it can get boring when you dont feel like you are being challenged. Also there is no potential for career growth without moving into management once you reach 5 years. Moving beyond entry level management appears to be very selective as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more trust in your teams. Managers need to be more selective in choosing their leaders and it shouldnt be a popularity contest. The company needs to care as much about making the attractions safe and efficient as it does about putting on a good show. It shouldnt take a guest getting injured to correct a deficiency the technicians informed management about months ago.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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