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Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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Disney Interactive Studios President, Disney Interactive James Pitaro
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Pros
  • "Lots of work/life balance which is nice" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Great people, very dedicated to the customer" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of transparency by upper management (where are we going" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance wasn't enough of a consderation to management" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - QA Project Lead in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Project Lead in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Company and enjoy the people that I work with. I love what I did.

    Cons

    There are some people that are difficult to work with/


  2. "Fun Time With a Fun Fast-Paced Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    You work at Disney, and they have a fun loving atmosphere. Lots of travel, and interesting people doing interesting things.

    Cons

    Very corporate approach to creativity at times, with many hoops to jump through

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great studio, excellent learning opportunities, no longevity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing studio culture. People who work here love to create and learn.
    - Lots of great company-sponsored learning opportunities across the board.
    - Interesting projects available to work on using cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    - Creative direction is lacking, and the studios in general are highly risk-averse.
    - Disney corporate has very little interest in creating new experiences in-house, and no tolerance for failure. If your product stumbles at launch, you and your entire team will likely lose your jobs. On your way out the door, you'll get to watch your project be sold to the first external partner dumb enough to license the IP from Disney and take the risk of developing it themselves.
    - If quarterly earnings look grim, and your studio is in a lull, you and everyone you work with will probably lose their jobs.
    - If you've been at the company a long time (5-10 years or more), and are on the higher end of compensation, you will probably lose your job the next time there are layoffs (generally every 6-8 months).
    - The company as a whole seems much more concerned with purchasing and licensing IP than actually taking risks and building anything of their own these days. If you're in any sort of creative role here, you will probably lose your job within the next ~10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Your company was built on a commitment to building novel experiences for consumers. Building experiences like this inherently involves risk. Tailoring your business to react solely to the fears of short-sighted, risk-averse investors will eventually kill this company from the inside out.


  4. "Challenging, fun"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to ship global-scale products

    Cons

    Constant shifts in management priorities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on iterating toward success with a stable plan


  5. "Toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    Like many large companies, benefits are decent. Pay is about average. Brand recognition is pretty unparalleled when applying to new jobs.

    Cons

    Disney is a giant, beaurocratic company which means their digital and mobile apps division is cripplingly risk-averse. That would potentially be tolerable if hostile and incompetent executive leadership hadn't sank this once-profitable business unit and created an unbearably toxic environment for everyone from associates through senior management. I would not let a loved one work here.


  6. "Mostly Stable, Corporate Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    Decent Health Benefits, 401k, and bonus.
    Easy commuting access.
    Plenty of on-site services.
    Access to parks (except for blackout dates).
    Plenty of discounts.

    Cons

    Large, corporate with strong legal requirements and brand protection making for a less nimble work environment.


  7. "Amazing Company"

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    Current Employee - Media QA in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Media QA in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Disney's environment is unlike any other work atmosphere I have ever had the pleasure of working in.

    Cons

    No cons to my position

    Advice to Management

    Keep being amazing.

  8. "Production Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    Pros

    The team is well managed and great at giving out tasks. You are able to work with the same people on a particular franchise and build relationships.

    Cons

    It can be hard to go from freelance to full-time


  9. "Uninspired"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people. Smart and talented.
    Good perks and benefits like the parks and free movies.
    Very clean campus. That is it, can’t think of anything else.

    Cons

    Constant Layoffs and turnover.
    Execs dont care about games. Lack vision and ambition.
    Trend followers. Usually badly executed, late to party, or misses the point.
    Risk averse

    Advice to Management

    Lead, don’t follow. Stop making bad mobile games.


  10. "Senior Producers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    It is a great company with lots of wonderful and creative people. Flexible work schedule. Lots of work/life balance which is nice

    Cons

    Organization changes every 9 months always in a new direction, but only to go back to what was done two years prior. Constant lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having so many Lay-offs!