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Disney Interactive Studios Reviews

Updated May 6, 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. "Could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    It is Disney, what is there not to love about it. You work for the world's biggest entertainment company. Amazing perks and amazing work.

    Cons

    Do not plan on moving up. A lot of people start here, work elsewhere, and then come back for higher positions because it is almost impossible to move up organically.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees so they do not leave.


  2. "Great Company, Poor Management"

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

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Great IP
    - Silver Pass

    Cons

    - Horrible politics
    - Crony management
    - Frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Hold your leaders accountable. Lots of empty suits.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "The golden age."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    It was a wild ride.

    Cons

    It's mostly over for now anyways.

    Advice to Management

    it's that corporate life. its not for everyone, but if you can hang there's room to do your thing.


  7. "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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    "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


  9. "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.


  10. "Great environment, good people, but Mickey doesn't get games."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Interactive Studios full-time

    Pros

    good people, well managed. Good perks (free entries to disneyland everywhere!) working on wrong tech stack though.

    Cons

    working on dated technologies. shrinking operation.


  11. "Great department, great studio, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High trust with compassionate and demanding leadership for the Product Management team. The studio itself had principled and strong leadership, focused on keeping the ship pointed in the right direction and moving forward, with a steadiness that fostered a good development culture.

    Cons

    The studio faced some tough challenges and ultimately didn't get them sorted quickly enough. I wish we'd had more time, but I understand why the plug was pulled.


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