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Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated August 7, 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 29 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 7 reviews)

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  1. "The best I had so far"

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great salary

    Cons

    Management can be sometimes slow at making decisions


  2. "QA Mobile Tester at Disney Interactive at Glendale"

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    Current Employee - Mobile QA Tester in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile QA Tester in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people in the department are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Corporate. Dealing with a lot of layoffs lately, but it's expected.

    Advice to Management

    Just need to get a little more organized, but they're already taking steps towards that.

  3. "Things have changed at Avalanche"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on the enormous hit title, Infinity. AAA home run game with more to come. Great people. There's creative input you won't find at other studios. Work hard, get your stuff done, you'll be okay.

    Cons

    Don't fool yourself, it's the game industry. If this is the career path you've chosen be aware things can change quickly, always be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Smart decisions have been made to get us here, we're onto something good. The project's a hit, the momentum's rolling, let's keep it going!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great - while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - UI Designer in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, bonuses given for performance as well as profit sharing. Company values the cast members and guests like family. Would relocate to continue with the company.

    Cons

    Red tape made it difficult to make good games, or even get one started. Upper management made some bad divisions early on that led to massive layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Gives as much creative freedom over products as licensed studios. Trust the teamed making the products. Remove red tape to greenlight and start games. Teams that work on games they are proud of and are exited about are successfully. Don't force game ideas on studios.


  5. "I loved working at Disney!"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I thought that Disney provided a great work environment for their employees This included a spacious office with great views, free snacks, access to a beautiful commissary and gift shop. There were great perks to working here as well including amazing benefits, discounts, and not to mention free Disneyland admission. I also loved that the company promoted professional development and growth.

    Cons

    I was not happy with work life balance at Disney. I found that I was answering an excessive amount of emails and phone calls outside of working hours and on weekends. While this is understandable if you are a salaried employee, as an hourly employee I did not feel like I was compensated well for my time outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see improvement in work life balance.


  6. "Disney magic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I love working for Disney Interactive. Opportunity to learn and grow. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  7. "Enjoyed it."

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    Former Employee - Junior Artist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Artist in Palo Alto, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team, friendly people who are really excited about what they are producing.

    Cons

    Poor management direction in creation of new games.

    Advice to Management

    I think there need to be new managers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "UI Artist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work with great people. Wonderful benefits with a real respect for work life balance. We do fun company activities. Great management!

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to move up, but they do give generous raises so its mostly fine. Corporate can be a real pain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving butt and try to preserve the current work atmosphere and try to keep our profit sharing bonuses!


  9. "Wonderful place to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely place to work for, they really value their employees, and even us interns.

    Cons

    For the most part I have little bad to say about the place.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Software engineer review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to work. Good life and work balance.

    Cons

    Bureocracy. You will not work with cutting edge tech. This is a media company.


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