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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
865 Reviews
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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.  

    I loved the experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    I loved my trainers and the experience I had was great. Yes, there's lots of monitoring and they demand a lot but it's worth

    Cons

    No cons. I loved to work there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Most Agile Company Ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Their ability to learn from and honor their mistakes.

    Cons

    They're slow to make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Disney is the best company I have ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    strong leadership, good benefits, strong brand identities

    Cons

    somewhat political, and HQ are not central to the west side of Los Angeles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Sales call center

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady, full-time position with benefits access

    Cons

    Pay is below average for the type of skill required to do the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs improvement in cultivating better morale and less constant revisions of policies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unbeatable organization

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Training is superb, professional development programs are top knotch, and the leadership is amazing. All around a great experience.

    Cons

    Usual: hours can be long, guests can be demanding/unreasonable/insert your own adjective. Nothing negative to report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good first job

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    benefits, scheduling, cast members were nice, fun, easy

    Cons

    pay
    time off
    hard to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    "Magic" includes a lot of politics

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    It's Disney. The brand and brands within are very motivational and there is a ton of pride working on such beloved titles and characters. You work with some amazingly talented people and great teams are formed with that talent and coming to work with those people is a treat, a challenge and rewarding.

    Cons

    Politics. Career climbers and "layoff season". Some people excel at Disney and others suffer from the constant threat of layoffs and turnover from change of direction in business strategies. You work hard and strive to move ahead, but all the sudden your boss is gone and a new face who knows nothing about your abilities and brings in their own trusted hands often pushes people either to try again next year or move on out of frustration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that cast members who survive "layoff season" and re-orgs don't have their careers stunted due to the politics decided above. "Retaining talent" is just a motto and not really promoted across the board. To many talented people walk out the door from frustration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's been a Dream Job of all sorts working at Walt Disney but sometimes reality gets in the way.

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    The Cast Members have a passon for the company and you see it and live it everyday. Working in a vacation destination and helping people to experience the Magic turns any bad day Into a good day. The free admission for you and your family and discounts on merchandise are nice and a huge perk. Job security as the Company continues to expand its theme parks and other divisions remain profitable. Great job if you are young and new to the workforce or retired and looking for a no worries atmosphere.

    Cons

    Being the largest employer in Central Florida sets the bar for low wages. Over the past few years cost of living has increased significantly in The Orlando Area while the pay has not increased. Cast members who have senority with the company are making at times the same or barely more than a new hire with little or no experience. Work life balance is hard for many especially with families as they need to work a second job or overtime to pay for daycare or make ends meet. Recent changes in Heathcare coverage forced many employees to drop their trusted pediatricians and primary care doctors in order to keep their HMO or drop to lower coverages to keep those doctors. As for part time there is no more Heath care options, no paid holidays, and yet you still have to commit to three full days of availability the gives little to no flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of your 70,000 cast members. There's a disconnect between the 1% and the cast who are making the magic happen everyday. Most do it out of passion but the reality is we all have to make a living and we have families to support. This goes for hourly, salaried and O&T cast. Look at the untapped talent and education levels and pay accordingly and appropriately. Make it easy for advancements. The company tends to lose great Cast members simply because they need to make more money and be able to afford the basic essentials.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Reservation Sales Agent

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    Former Employee - Reservation Sales Agent in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Reservation Sales Agent in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid weekly & time goes by fast.

    Cons

    Low compensation and HIGH EXPECATION. Barely any work/life balance. The call center has no sunlight so its very easy to feel you are wasting your life there. You will not see commission for about six months after you start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding and bothersome

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    Former Employee - Character Performer
    Former Employee - Character Performer

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a former character performer, the thing I enjoyed most was the opportunity to have a meet and greet with the "Make A Wish" children. In addition to this, I also found the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and work alongside them rewarding and exciting.

    Cons

    Disney is known for the magic it brings, however working there it became clear early on Walt's dream was not being well kept up. Rather than enjoying time with each guest, as a character performer, it was more about getting through the line of guests as quick as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Walt's dream. Allow the characters more freedom and let them create magic for each guest rather than allotting them only moments for a picture and autograph.

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