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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. "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.


  2. 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.

  3. "Terrible Management"

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    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - many solid engineers
    - good ideas (although poor execution)

    Cons

    - micromanagement
    - unrealistic expectations
    - constant turnover


  4. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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


  7. 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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.


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