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Disney Internet Group Co-President, Disney Interactive Media Group James A. (Jimmy) Pitaro
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  1. "A decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Internet Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -- For the most part, good people up and down the organization.
    -- A lot of good perks, working for Disney. Park entry, vacation discounts, etc
    -- The culture really is changing, or trying to change, to be more "traditionally" tech - more freedom to innovate, more integration with well-known sites and services, more lean and agile than in the past.

    Cons

    -- It's a big company, and DI (now under Consumer Products and with a new acronym) has always struggled to get out from under the thumb of the behemoth business units that supply Disney with most of it's income and profit - studio, TV, parks. These divisions really don't want to work with the internet group, but they are generally compelled to . They SHOULD work with the internet group, since there are many smart people there. But at any rate, it's easy to feel like an invisible stepchild working for a relatively powerless business unit.
    -- Corporate politics and territorialism can be a bear (this applies to my point above, but it also applies within DI)
    -- Corporate bureaucracy is a fact of life there. But that's what you get for working at a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your ground, continue to hire good people, don't get too caught up in politics.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People being subjected to constant layoffs"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Internet Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with there at the VR studio were brilliant. Lots of very smart programmers and some big name projects to work on.

    Cons

    I wouldn't recommend going to work here. Employees are brought on to work on a single project and laid off when that project ends. As soon as the project is done get your resume ready and bail out quickly. Management regards employees as a liability and you will live in your office cubicle. It's not a total nightmare but your time would be better spent somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    stop being sociopathic

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative, fun, lots of perks like free passes to Disneyland. New building in Glendale is beautiful campus to work at.

    Cons

    Lots of people crammed into a small space. Desks are packed close together and some temps and intern don't even have permanent desks. Some new hires don't get on site parking.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to promote from within.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "toads wild ride of disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    bagels on Wednesday. central location. ok pay. brown bags. networking for where to work next. amazon employees treated like royalty.

    Cons

    everyone is a contractor pining for fte roles. the culture rewards brown nosing over people who are really good for the company.

    Advice to Management

    managers dont meet their employees consistently one on one. consequently, they dont know what skills they offer, nor what theyre doing. a lot of work gets thrown away over miscommunication and favoritism. also, when real problems arise, they turn to 3rd party companies to step in, because they dont know who internally can get the job done.


  5. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team and smart people.

    Cons

    Politics got in the way of goals.

    Advice to Management

    Focus.


  6. "Creative, Happy Environment"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer
    Former Employee - Game Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Disney Internet Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees love Disney and its brands. Family environment with creative energy

    Cons

    A bit of tension trying to live up to other extremely successful divisions of Disney like film and parks

    Advice to Management

    Find any way you can to empower new ideas and attract talent to make Disney a leader in new game concepts, not just visually and story-wise


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This place has a great work culture and a good work life balance. Great location in downtown seattle.

    Cons

    Not the best compensation package, not at par with other software companies.

  8. "Director, Disney Online"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very creative, talented team. Incredibly strong brand recognition and many strong brand assets to work with from beloved animated characters, TV shows, and studio films. If at the Director level or above, comp plans are much more attractive due to additional executive benefits/perks etc.

    Cons

    Challenging internal systems and bureaucracy. Very difficult and long turn around times to get new ideas approved. When the new executive team came in, many were hopeful they would have the expertise to turn things around, but they are really struggling.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Reorganization has not been smooth"

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    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great stable company, good people, decent medical benefits, great work life balance, family friendly company, very nice office

    Cons

    Some of the perks are not readily available if you don't work in SoCal or Florida.
    Politics can be tricky
    Reorganization has led to a lot of the best people leaving due to the chaos and culture clashes.

    Advice to Management

    Better define boundaries between departments and roles in the new organizational structure. The reorg was lengthy and not well thought out.
    Get your technology mindset out of the 1990s. The days of large scale outsourcing are over when technology has become core to your business.
    Put more focus on serving your internal customers better. The take it or leave it approach isn't what's in the best interest of the company. Customers should be pushed to the cloud because it makes business sense, not because it has become too difficult to do business with your own company.


  10. "Great people, great brand, same issues every company this size has"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Internet Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global brand recognition, large user base, diverse problem set provides interesting things to do. Discounts on Disney experiences is a plus, very family friendly with good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Large company politics interferes with doing good work. Emphasis on not rocking the boat followed ever six months with sweeping directional changes pushed top down.

    Advice to Management

    Attract and retain good people with competitive compensation coupled with your great brand. Let ideas filter up from below and recognize that your expertise in media and logistics does not make you experts in IT.


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