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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
785 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 33 reviews)

  • Required to work long hours at certain times of the year, but that can be expected at any job (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, good people, large enterprise environment with many new technologies

    Cons

    New leadership teams in Studios is one of the worst

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    College Program Internship

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Hostess in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Merchandise Hostess in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free access to all the parks, get a great understanding about the "Disney Way" and how powerful great customer service goes a long way.

    Cons

    Minimum wage even though you work a ton of hours. Disney promotes that you'll get on the job training for your particular degree but they don't care about your degree. They only care about your past work history when deciding your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns should be in positions to understand their major/field. Otherwise, interns are strictly cheap labor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Typical

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    Current Employee - Attractions Host in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Attractions Host in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best part of working for the mouse is the Cast Member Discount and Free Tickets.

    Cons

    You are just a number and thousands of other people want to climb the disney ladder, but it seems you have to brown noise your way up to get a promotion. I began as a Intern for 6 months, but continued my career as a seasonal cast member. However, it seems the company does not want Seasonal CM's and tries to ding you for every tiny mistake to get you fired.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great company but......

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Show Manager in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Guest Show Manager in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, time-off is good. Amazing learning experience. You get to work with great cast members thatvwork really hard to make our guests happy. I love the impact that as leader I can make in my cast and my peers.

    Cons

    A lot of hours but low sakary for all the hard work. The level of stress is a way to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders salary should be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company To Work For That Could Be Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The corporate office is a beautiful environment that has several amenities for employees. I found that I was able to take on several projects that challenged me. Leaders on my team were collaborative, but allowed me to work autonomously with little supervision. I found that my insights and recommendations were well received by the managers that I worked with. Part of my role included working with operators in the field and assisting them with questions and concerns provided a lot of fulfillment.

    Cons

    What would take Darden from good to great would be more progressive people management strategies. Two things that I would have liked to have seen is a formal career development plan for employees at the home office and the opportunity for more remote work solutions.

    Cutting edge technology is another area of opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more progressively about how employees want to work and how to help employees transition from non-exempt to exempt roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place until you find something better

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    The coworkers are like family. You form relationships that last forever. Good training great health benefits and park entry benefits

    Cons

    Management will try to get rid of you by making your life hard if you disagree with them. Can't get a promotion to save your life, and benefits are good because pay wages for regular workers are next to nothing. You will need 2 jobs to work here, and tat can be hard to do with Disney's strict availability policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your everyday workers back instead of covering for other management you will get much more loyal employees

  8.  

    Love

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Park Greeter in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Park Greeter in Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

    Pros

    The people are so nice
    Perks - Park admission/discounts

    Cons

    No room for growth
    Long hours
    Pay is low

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology - IT - Depressing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing Magical here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    xyz

    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

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