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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated February 13, 2018
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Disney Studios Chairman & CEO Robert A. Iger
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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. "Sr UX"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Awesome team, environment, & team culture.

    Cons

    more corporate than most creative spaces.


  2. "A (mostly) great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, learning opportunities, work-life balance

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be tough, corporate culture, some antiquated policies

    Advice to Management

    If you truly value career growth at Disney, focus more on cultivating talent rather than pursuing external hires

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sweet shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is every Thursday. You can say you work for Disney.

    Cons

    Benefits like park access and medical kept getting cut. VP's and HR always looking to throw someone under a bus or have a short memory. Staff treated like they are replaceable at any moment.

    Advice to Management

    Study why there is so high a turn over for such a well known company.


  4. "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.


  5. "Middle management review"

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    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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.


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