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Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful benefits with a real respect for work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people, very dedicated to the customer (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management bloated with individuals who have nothing to do with actual product (in 25 reviews)

  • Work/life balance wasn't enough of a consderation to management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "cool place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - nice campus
    - nice people and family friendly working culture
    - perks (Disneyland silver pass for family and employee discount at Disney store)

    Cons

    - relatively often layoffs


  2. "Best Company so far"

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    Former Employee - 3D Environment Artist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - 3D Environment Artist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, new office space with layout that allowed most employees with window view from desk, free snacks and drinks, Disney park perks, team driven, good benefits, cool people, tools and attitudes that encouraged workers to grow their skills, a company that really takes care of it's employees from day one

    Cons

    health plan was a little pricey.


  3. "QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, good people to work with. Friendly all around.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours for months on end.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to feedback of the department about a given project.


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  5. "Could be great, depending on your manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great IP and brands to work with
    Decent pay
    Park passes!
    Great to have on your resume
    If you have a good manager, you could be very successful, but there are some really bad managers to watch out for.

    Cons

    Very corporate & slow moving
    Very political
    Some terrible managers are allowed to wreak havoc because they BS the higher-ups

    Advice to Management

    Look past the window dressing that middle management puts on everything and spend the effort to dig into who's performing and who's just blowing smoke.


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    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and great perks

    Cons

    Incompetent management and no strategy

    Advice to Management

    get rid


  7. "Animator for Disney in Utah"

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    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AMAZING team of people to work with. Learned and progressed more professionally than I ever had because of the people I worked with. The best IP in the world; working on Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney characters was a dream come true. Nice building to work in, great work space. Getting into the Disney parks for free was a fun perk.

    Cons

    Salary. After working as a contract employee for $25 per hour for a year, they offered $52k per year, I asked for $70k per year, they said the position only allowed for $60k per year. I later found out other contract employees in the same situation, brought on full-time at the same time as I was, were given $70k or more per year, Also, HR asked me not to discuss the offer with other employees, which I've now learned is illegal. I did receive bonuses 2 separate years, which along with a 2nd, part-time job, allowed me to make enough for my family's needs.

    Also, working for a giant corporation was at times frustrating because changes or requests would often be made last minute, for inexplicable reasons that would cause crunch time. The amount of crunch time was also quite a strain the first 2 years there, it got better after that.


  8. "Game Developer at Avalanche Software"

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    Former Employee - Game Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Game Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    World-class developers and artists.
    Artists are so fun to work with.
    We made amazing games every year.
    Good pay, benefits, vacation, and sick leave.
    Intense collaboration and ownership.
    Getting to work on amazing stories and IP.
    Bringing your kids to work and letting them try to break your game.

    Cons

    The entire studio always in survival mode; if one game flopped for any reason we'd be forced to find new jobs. Such is the nature of game development studios, generally.
    Breakneck schedule, year after year; difficult to take time off.
    Yearly 3-4 months non-stop crunch; dinner in the office then back to work; Saturdays too.
    Always the promise that next year will be better, but it isn't.

    Advice to Management

    Trust us. Don't micro-manage; you've definitely improved on this. Don't monitor everything we do electronically; that shuts down passion and creativity. Recognize that 60-80 hours a week can be a valuable tool in short bursts, but for months at a time makes people less effective, causes mistakes, isn't sustainable, and the people and the product suffer.


  9. "A Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, very dedicated to the customer.

    Cons

    Possibility of job elimination due to business unit consolidation.


  10. "Would work here again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great learning resources
    Smart and interesting coworkers

    Cons

    Frequent directional and marketplace shifts


  11. "Good to their workers, when they know what to do with them"

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    Former Employee - Level Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Level Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great perks (Disney), Great benefits, Great projects. When the company believes in you, this is the place to work.

    Cons

    Management is very concerned about overall costs and returns, and does not like to make lengthy risks in an industry where games take some time to become their own entity. Don't get me wrong, a business needs to make money, but when importance of the dollar exceeds the importance of the product's value, I do wonder if this wanders away from the vision that Walt Disney had in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    When it comes to video games, in order to play toe-to-toe with the AAA titles, you need to work smart, lean, and have patience. Spending millions on a big-budget title with an expensive production team, to push the product out faster, is not as efficient or economical as spending hundreds of thousands on a smaller team over a leaner, longer time to better prove the product, and then make the massive push with a larger team, when the game has been defined. Start with 4-5 small pre-production crews who are defining their game mechanics, and have 1-2 full production crews finishing the projects that the pre-production crews started.



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