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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance, Positive People to Work With (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits - health, parks and resorts and consumer products (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and will not compensate for time worked after hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Approvals, Sense of Empowerment, Office Politics (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "No job stability"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios as a contractor

    Pros

    The company and the people are great. It is great working on the lot and having a behind the scenes look at shows being filmed.

    Cons

    Being a contractor, you could be let go without notice. Little hope of being converted to an employee with benefits. Depending on the department, a lot of micromanaging. No perks being a contractor.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Takes advantage of employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Checks arrive on time, brand is well recognized, it's not outright hostile

    Cons

    Takes advantage of employees, keeping some as temp/contract for 18 months; lack of teamwork/silo'ed; not innovating outside of key product areas

    Advice to Management

    focus on people, value and improvement


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Potentially a great company, but lacking a cohesive team-environment and involves crazy work hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Name brand, studio lot layout, some nice people

    Cons

    Cutthroat, lack of career movement, mean girls, so-so pay

    Advice to Management

    Bring more management that can groom the more junior people effectively


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating."

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

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits nice working conditions.

    Cons

    More emphasis on the monthly reports than doing the smart thing.

    Advice to Management

    Your teams want to work at Disney and to do the best possible work. Lead or get out of the way. So disappointing to just keep cruising along and not really make any real progress.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Started really good but with 4-5 re-org in 7 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks and benefits are fine

    Cons

    No respect when you are no longer needed.


  8. "Not very good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers good benefits for healthcare and is a stable job.

    Cons

    Long hours. Low pay. Lean staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive.


  9. "Overworked and underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -High Profile "brand" on your resume.
    -Hardworking ethic of employees.
    -Learning to be detail oriented.

    Cons

    -Lack of respect for employee's time.
    -Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees professional development and if they are being treated fairly.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sadly, just another corporate machine."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They were very much about supporting families-- any time there was a personal issue, they would respond with "family first" and let me do my thing without question. Being such a large company, there were many opportunities for work across a variety of departments. Generally speaking, co-workers were pleasant people.

    Cons

    It's an amazingly political environment. Although outwardly pleasant, I always felt that I had to watch my back around managers and even co-workers. There is a tangible attitude of elitism among all levels of management-- as if it's promoted in the work environment. This is not a friendly place, it's cut-throat. As a contractor, I was made to feel like a 2nd class citizen for the entire duration of my contract, and was even warned NOT to put Disney on my resume less I face legal repercussions. Constant restructuring leading to consistent layoffs. Grossly underpaid positions caused many qualified co-workers to seek work elsewhere-- high turnaround on positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be human. True leadership comes from genuine care and respect for your subordinates. Help them achieve their goals. Lead by example, not by self-service. You get what you pay for -- if you try to save a buck by offering the lowest possible wage for a position, then you will get the least qualified person for the position.


  11. "Painful."

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Iconic Studio. Great creative. Good money

    Cons

    Political Infighting. Inefficient. Cynical. Destructive.

    Advice to Management

    S.upport the creative team and clear the decks of wasteful middle management



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