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Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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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 18 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 8 reviews)

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  1. "Video Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing employee benefits /perks, resources and family atmosphere

    Cons

    Inexperienced management in directing ideas, many people feel as though they do work that doesn't get used because projects were switched so often. Not a big deal, as you always get paid for what you do... it's a job but it's not inspiring to contribute and then feel like you wasted time and energy for nothing. Again, not a deal breaker and over the years things started to sort themselves out as leadership gained experience in the industry.


  2. "Great culture!"

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

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    Make kids games in a dynamic work environment with a great team. Would love to work there again.

    Cons

    Old Technology stack that was being rewritten.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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/


  6. "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.


  7. "Production Artist"

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

    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

  8. "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!


  9. "Kill yourself for the mouse"

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

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    + Free food, snacks, though it sounds like that disappeared
    + Above average play
    + Free park access, discounts on food/products (about 10-20%))

    Cons

    + Incompetent management
    + Shady and downright unethical business practices when it came to employee work-life balance (which meant you barely had time to go to the park with your free pass)
    + Lots of employee turnover
    + Insane amount of unnecessary bureaucracy and waste
    + Crappy free to play mobile games

    Advice to Management

    Shut the studio down and start from scratch. Start making some actual good games.


  10. "They're alright"

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    Former Employee - Game Tester in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Game Tester in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture; nice perks like discounted movie and theme park tickets, on-campus amenities are good.

    Cons

    No clear direction for career advancement.


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