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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • Long hours and will not compensate for time worked after hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Approvals, Sense of Empowerment, Office Politics (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Middle management review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, perks, great CEO, good location

    Cons

    Mediocre management and HR.

    Advice to Management

    Research, prove and compare information and complaints. No alternative facts.


  2. "Don't get fooled by the free trips to Disneyland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    people are great.
    campuses are nice, too. Very clean.

    Cons

    employees aren't quite as valued as you'd think.

    Advice to Management

    eh. who knows.

  3. "The Walt Disney Studios"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Leadership at The Walt Disney Company really want to create a culture of great leadership principles that would make the company and Studio a great place to work IF they could get all leaders to abide by those principles. The Studio is relatively well organized from a technology, operations and distribution stand point. The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the senior executives at the Studio say they embody the spirit of TWDC leadership, but they really don't and are ineffective at leadership. Like all Studios, there are a lot of politics, especially as you go higher up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    It's about self-awareness and being effective. If your organization and culture is not what you want, you should take a hard look at how you are leading the group and that probably means you need to change your tactics.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, not great for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and resources are excellent, with coaching and advice on how to make the most use of what's available.

    Cons

    Not great at promoting internally, fostering growth.

    Advice to Management

    Foster and grow the talent you already have, especially loyal employees who want to stay with the company without remaining stagnant in a role.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Don't drink the Disney kool-aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many. Good perks like free Disneyland tickets for friends and family, and good health benefits and 401k.

    Cons

    Just about everything! Once the Disney Kool-Aid wears off, you'll soon realize the true roots of this company. They treat possible candidates horribly and that's why there the talent is dying here. When I interviewed, I went through 9 interviews and am surprised I eventually got the job (my guess is others also saw through the Disney Kool-Aid)

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating possible new candidates to Disney horribly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay's very well if you play your cards right. Not afraid to spend money on their projects to the point of being wasteful.

    Cons

    They're well behind the industry in terms of data driven product development. They move extremely slow n everything, so things aren't likely to change anytime soon.
    Decision are driven by politics. Endless layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring based on talent, not relationships.


  7. "Learn a great deal but tough to break in as a contractor"

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

    Pros

    Great people and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Too many contractors increasing talent turn-over which affect product delivery.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Enviroment, ORG chart is out of control."

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

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    * Great People
    * Great environment
    * Decent benefits for FT

    Cons

    *Too many roles contracted
    * Work/life balance can be rough
    * Too many people at decision making levels. Projects stall as a result.
    * Information is HARD TO FIND. If I'm tasked with supporting a platform, I often due to lack of documentation.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear chain of management. I often have to clear single changes and requests through 4-5 different people and projects slow down/stall.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "If you want to make a difference - go elsewhere - you'll be happier."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I agree with most of the comments submitted below. It is important to note that the Studio works and operates very different than other divisions. So, if you don't like one division, you may be happier in another division.

    1. You can't beat the IP The Walt Disney Company has.
    2. Pay and benefits (monetary) are decent if you are Sr. Manager and above. (But still not comparable to other large organizations such as Amazon, Google, etc.

    Cons

    1. Pay lots of $$ to hire a majority of their workforce via Accenture or EY, eventhough they end up botching projects, overpromising, under delivering, and leave the studio with the bag. All the while ignoring their own workforce employees, who actually have a vested interest in the business.
    2. Don't bother to foster growth and learning amongst employees. Culture fosters apathy and resentment and complacency.
    2. Do not attempt to bring in new ideas, or you will be labeled an outlier or disruptor. Most of the people who actually care and want to bring in good ideas often get alienated or worse, get put on terrible projects until they can no longer bear it.
    3. Upward mobility is nearly impossible. The title you come in with is most likely the title you will keep. (Although their is no problem increasing workload while cutting staff)
    4. The consensus is that in order to move up.. you have to first move out. So, I've decided to move on. Perhaps I'll be back another day.
    5. Many executives of Director and above are complacent. They get large perks to stay but neglect to foster the growth of their teams, or to continue to grow, be innovative or work on making the culture the "Disney" culture that the public sees.
    6. Very political. Restating what a previous employee said because it rings true, "Very heavy office politics come into play, and your opportunities for advancement are based largely on who you rub elbows with rather than the merit of your work. At the Director level and above, nepotism is rampant, you eventually find out that most of the heavy hitters come from the same companies. "
    7. Very disorganized and siloed because of competing priorities (and nasty politics). There is no one clear voice, or mission. Although it is written on paper and in an email, the executives nor the staff truly honor it. So, it gets passed as just fluff.
    8. Executives talk the talk. But don't walk the walk. Meaning, they talk about making progress, being innovative, having a great culture, providing and fostering growth. Yet, when tough decisions need to be made - they hide behind middle management. If all goes well, the executives win. If not, the executives don't own the responsibility and the middle manager loses his credibility or worse yet, his/her job.
    9. Behind closed doors, females are undercut and looked down upon for "being too nice". If you are not a part of the "boys" club, forget it.
    10. If you have a family and are a mother, forget it (especially if you are Female). Expect to be looked down upon from most of the male (and oddly enough single female) executives. They expect you to work the same way as your single counterpart, otherwise, your big projects get taken away, and like #2, you get put on horrible projects until you are forced to leave.
    11. HR is corrupt in Disney Studio. There have been many complaints of harassment from quite a few females and most have fallen on deaf ears, ignored, or again #2. Therefore, many females have opted to leave because there is no recourse.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and take long term and regular action on their requests or they will leave (which many *females* are leaving). Be with your people, they are what make the foundation.
    Take action and be responsible enough to own them.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, organised teams, good benefits (at level of other big studios), good facilities for employees and nice offices. Who wouldn't want to work at Disney!

    Cons

    Can feel a bit like a small cog in a big machine. Very important who you rub elbows with. Can be clicky. Committee of executives sending projects in different directions can be difficult to navigate!

    Advice to Management

    Changing your mind is an executive's prerogative. But having multiple executives sending projects in multiple directions and not communicating with each other can be costly and ultimately affect quality.


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