Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    It's the most Magical place on earth

    Cons

    There isn't an opportunity for advancement or increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great people, Great perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Benefits at TWDC are top-notch, and the perks are unmatched if you have a family. Being able to put employment with this company on your resume opens a ton of doors when it comes time to seeking a new opportunity.

    Cons

    The company is very siloed, so it's a hard place to solidly expand your skills. Additionally, the company doesn't promote from within as much as you would initially think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your existing talent pool when searching for the right fit for openings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    I work in the foods area of the park which includes everything from busing to working in the kitchen as an order cook.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Health Benefits, free access to the park, abundant hours.

    Cons

    Sub-par management, no consistency in hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like adults, listen to them and follow up on concerns. Have some consistency in how things are run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    Good pay, great resume builder/stepping stone,

    Cons

    Long hours, no 401k for first yr

  6. College Program Internship

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    Former Intern - College Program in Orlando, FL
    Former Intern - College Program in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    -Met many wonderful, now life-long friends through this internship. All of us share a love of Disney, and were excited to be "part of the magic".
    -Free park entrances to all parks, plus 18 guest passes for friends and family.
    -Great discounts at Disney hotels and cruises, etc.
    -Decent merchandise and food/bev. discount around the holidays.
    -Every job I have applied for or had after this internship was impressed-not many make it through their college program, especially with a spotless record. This is a great internship to have on your resume!
    -Can request certain days off and will be given them if no one else higher than you wants off.

    Cons

    -Insanely long work hours, with low pay (I had a slight salary increase due to role in attractions/entertainment).
    -Working on holidays (I expected this, but I worked 7-7:30 from Dec 23rd-Jan 2nd) Overtime pay was nice though.
    -Intense physical appearance requirements that could affect many- hair color, facial hair, nail polish color/nail length, tattoo restrictions, costume checks, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent college grads are a great market- they often have no solid job lined up for after Disney- offer them full-time employment in their role if space allows/help them transfer! I had many friends who wanted to be kept on full (or even part) time, but instead went home and now moved back to be seasonal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Disney still a magical place

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    Former Employee - Video Producer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Video Producer in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    The company strives to stay relevant, always takes a creative approach to entertainment.

    Cons

    A bit management top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow creatives to do their job, during management meeting set goals to accomplish, don't just meet for the sake of meeting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good benefits. Decent Pay. Fine place to work.

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    Former Contractor - Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Coordinator in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Location. Free tickets to Disneyland. Casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not much room to move into other departments. Not much room for growth unless you make friends with the right people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Absolutely great company loved everything about working at Disney

    Cons

    Only issue is the long hours- if you don't like it this isn't the job for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wonderful and always improving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Worked there five years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walt Disney Company

    Pros

    you will meet tons of people from all over the world and you will make great friends..

    Cons

    that's about it. meeting new people was the best part about the job, job itself sucked, no room for growth unless you know somebody, and leaders act like they want to help you then forget about you. Basically just a number in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Still Has The Magic...

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    - Smart, talented, passionate people
    - World class, global entertainment brands. The caliber of content, products, and experiences that Disney creates is consistently top notch.
    - Great resume builder
    - Interesting, challenging work
    - Powerful infrastructure/resources available
    - Many opportunities for advancement or learning new businesses. I think some people can get bogged down in staying in one division but if you're open to change, it's fairly easy to move within the company and try something new.
    - Recently updated vacation policy (salaried employees start with 3 weeks)
    - Great benefits (Insurance, 401k, pension, tuition reimbursement, etc.) and perks (Silver Pass, discounts, screenings, Macs, etc.)
    - Dining Do's: Walt's Chili in the Commissary and a handful of great lunch options in nearby Toluca Lake (Mo's, Olive & Thyme, Sweetsalt, Arde's)

    Cons

    - Layoffs happen constantly. If not in your division/department... somewhere else in the company. If they're not happening today...there are rumors that they're about to happen. Re-org, re-structure, lather, rinse, repeat. This can leave you with a "What if we're next?" anxiety and a sense that everyone is replaceable.
    - Politics, politics, politics
    - "Decision by committee" culture
    - Some teams understaffed
    - Promotions happen at a snail's pace and largely in designated cycles. When they do happen....
    - ....the inability to negotiate salary when promoted internally is frustrating but not unique to Disney.
    - Dining Don'ts: A few years ago, they replaced McCormick & Schmicks on Riverside with The Claim Jumper. Do not eat at The Claim Jumper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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