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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
770 Reviews
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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.  

    Fun summer job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company part-time

    Pros

    Really fun place for a first job

    Cons

    Limited growth within the recreation areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology - IT - Depressing

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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
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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

  6.  

    Not a great place for creatives, values conformity over creativity.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Silverpass!
    Telling People You Work At Disney
    Good Benefits
    Nice Offices
    Nice people, mostly

    Cons

    To much Politics
    Quality isn't top of mind
    Lots of management layers
    Too many divisions at odds with each other
    Did i mention politics?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture.

  7.  

    Inflexible Scheduling and Technical Difficulty of Position is Not Met With Appropriate Pay

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    Current Employee - Lodging Operations Support in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Lodging Operations Support in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    -Theme park access
    -Cheap and comprehensive health insurance
    -Steep discounts

    Cons

    -It is easier to quit and apply for a new position in the company than it is to transfer
    -The pay absolutely does not match the difficulty of work being asked of CMs if you are not in an Office and Technical position. I work in Lodging Operations Support, dealing with highly sensitive personal and corporate financial information on a daily basis. I support front line cast members in the capacity of a coordinator and essentially run the everyday function of the hotel. I am payed about the same rate as a front desk cast member whose job is about 1/4 of the amount of work I do and about 1/4 of the difficulty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership often uses Cast Members as human shields to avoid dealing with angry guests. Many regular CMs go to a leadership position and suddenly, all of their initiative is gone. There is an environment of passing the buck, particularly in lodging. Leadership will get involved in a guest service situation, then not follow through and pass all work related to the situation to the CMs. Delegation is one thing, but this is pure laziness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good company and people to work with. Stay below the VP level for security otherwise watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    All the companies under Disney are exciting. Parks, stores, ESPN, Marvel, etc.

    Salary is OK but a great resume builder. Good perks depending on the business unit your in.

    Cons

    Poor HR function. They really don't care. no cross training so if you want to move to another department of division you are on your own. Pay is just OK as most people use Disney as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    very good experience, but hard to get promoted. good company overall, learned a lot of things.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern

    Pros

    I love to work there, training is good, benefit is very good too. free admission with three other friends, 20% discount with buying staff in the park.

    Cons

    hard to get promoted, some managers are not really care about the bottom line stuffs. but some are really good.

  11.  

    Great benefits, career development is dependent on the team / functional area

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package and good values
    Perks (like Silver pass to get in free at the parks)
    Business travel
    Being intellectually stimulated
    Brand on resume
    The occasional star sighting

    Cons

    Poor career development opportunities (within certain areas) lots of hierarchy
    Poor communication across divisions
    Hard to get things done (company leads by committee)
    Meetings to plan for meetings to plan for meetings and all the power point decks required to get things done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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