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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated April 22, 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 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Animator in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    The professionalism of the studio makes it the Pinnacle of Animation

    Cons

    To much over seas out sourcing. Top heavy human resource and management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it in america!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mouse of Cards"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great products, Fun on-campus events, Park perks, being "part of the magic"

    Cons

    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, nepotism is rampant, you eventually find out that most of the heavy hitters come from the same companies. Do not attempt to bring in new ideas, or you will be labeled an outlier or disruptor. Drink the Disney Kool-Aid, focus on making the right people happy, work at giving off the perception that you get things done (without actually doing much at all), and you'll fit right in.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new ideas instead of resisting them, realize the difference between actual hard work and fluff, stop wasting money on Accenture, focus more on technology.


  3. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Product Owner in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Product Owner in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with a creative group of people

    Cons

    Departments are siloed..... Matrix management - avoids accountability and much finger pointing. No consistency in management

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility and communication. Don't assume your team can read your mind. Make expectations known.


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  5. "Great company perks"

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

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

    Pros

    Work on premium content. Great company perks. Colleagues are generally polite and upbeat.

    Cons

    Very political and relationships-driven company. Culture is highly variable based on management style.

    Advice to Management

    Consider creating growth opportunities for mid-career leaders. Difficult to move into other roles across the company.


  6. "Great Movies - Hard to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product - nice benefits.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up within the company - especially when you are in lower levels.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Disney Magic really is infectious and wonderful.

    Cons

    The company simply does not care about the individual at all. Everything is about the bottom line/stock price.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager Film"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, fun environment.

    Cons

    Poor training, poor direction, no mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship


  9. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - health, parks and resorts and consumer products

    Cons

    No cons to report right now!


  10. "Happiest Place on Eath"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Disney Studios (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company had a strong sense of family and tradition.

    Cons

    Contract heavy employment so you were never sure who you would be working with from month to month.


  11. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - FULL STACK .NET LEAD ENGINEER in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - FULL STACK .NET LEAD ENGINEER in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, disney perks and culture, Employee Events

    Cons

    bureaucracy, lack of process, technology stack


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