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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. Helpful (3)

    "Tremendous nepotism, good-ol-boy network and too much promoting from within"

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, people are mostly competent, some ability to move within the company, provided you have a boss who will support you.

    Cons

    Easy to become pigeon-holed, if boss thinks you are too valuable in your current role, can sabotage your ability to move to other role within company. (It happened to numerous people I know.) Management would rather promote from within then hire outside talent, which can make departments stale.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horses and mentor entry-level and mid-managers. You won't be around forever.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not Magical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun company, reputable name. Convenient location in the heart of NYC and chance to work on some amazing projects.

    Cons

    Deceptive business practices, dishonest employees, and all employees competing against each other and want to win at any cost.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "DON'T work here. You've been warned."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The person I used to report to is extremely knowledgeable and intelligent.

    A lot of learning to be done.

    Cons

    After the first person that I reported to (and had great success with), he got sent to another department and I got stuck reporting to say, "Jon Doe". You do NOT want to report to "Jon Doe".

    Just to mention a couple of things that "Jon Doe" did:

    He crept up behind me very quietly and was waiting for me to do something other than programming so he could tell me to get back to programming out loud in front of everyone. Yes, embarrassing.

    "Jon Doe" is very racist. There were there of us that weren't white, and three of us that were. The treatment is vastly different.

    "Jon Doe" uses negative reinforcement. Like he says, "You guys are doing good... don't **** it up"

    "Jon Doe" micromanages his employees.

    "Jon Doe" WILL interrupt you at several stages during communication so you forget what you were even saying.

    The list goes on and on but don't let me bore you.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Production Manager, Creative Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You work for a prestigious company and a legendary brand.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is horrible. Managers treat employees like children, using archaic and outdated policies to keep control over their little fiefdoms. The company just instituted a "flexible schedule" policy but left it up to each division leader as to whether or not it would work for their team. Guess what. Our manager decided it wouldn't work and dismissed it out of hand. Nice.

    Hard work and excellent creative work is rewarded with... oh, wait, it's not rewarded at all. Employees are constantly stabbing each other in the back in order to make themselves look good and to position themselves for table scraps from above. It's a toxic and dysfunctional place to work.

    Advice to Management

    All Studio Management should read Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmul and institute the same management practices that they use at Pixar. But that would take self-assessment and the ability to be honest about ones own weaknesses. Never happen.


  5. "Principal Programmer/Analyst, Senior Database Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Many years ago, it was nice. Lately, bad

    Cons

    They operate like a software company


  6. Helpful (2)

    ""But.. you work for Disney...""

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

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

    Pros

    You can't beat the IP The Walt Disney Company has. Marvel.. LucasFilm.. Pixar. All top notch with unbeatable reputations.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is nearly impossible. The consensus is that in order to move up.. you have to first move out. When looking for advancement opportunities.. you are often met with the response of "Well.. you work for Disney.. so many people want to be where you are." Directors and above don't move (they get stock, bonuses, wellness perks, etc). A lot of people aren't happy with their positions - but continue to say because of the Disney brand. Also.. while it's nice to get into the park for free.. they include that in your "total rewards package" - so, technically you are still paying for it.

    Advice to Management

    Foster and develop lower level employees who actually want to be there and care about the company and its product. To Senior Execs - do more than sending out a "great job" e-mail to your team. For a studio that constantly crosses the 1B number at the box office - you'd think they would want to invest more into their employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Crap"

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    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working for Disney. If you are great a playing politics and dont know how to do your job this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Working with hands down the worst executive team I have even seen. Being treated like crap. decision makers who don't know the market or competitors. A political crap show.

    Advice to Management

    Just quit. Listen to your employees. Get your head out of your ass.

  8. "Good if you want to earn an easy paycheck or add to your resume."

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employee benefits and because it looks good on your resume. If you are a parent, this job is very flexible when it comes to balancing work and family life plus you can take your kids to Disneyland free all you want. If you are an average performer just looking for a regular paycheck and not too much hassle, this is a good place to be.

    Cons

    Being a hard and dependable worker is not good if you want to move up in the company. Anyone who actually does decent work end up being stuck in their same job because the bosses have grown use to that person making up for the weaknesses of the other staff. Sure it can get you a good bit of a raise compared to your co-workers, but it also means it's more difficult to move up. I worked for Disney for five years and every time I asked for a promotion, I just got the run around while my peers were promoted around me. I moved to another studio in the same job and suddenly found myself being promoted right away three months after I was hired.

    Advice to Management

    If you have a star performer then reward them accordingly. Your actions speak louder than words. If you tell someone they are valued but don't give them the opportunity for career advancement then you risk losing them to a competitor who will.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disney, "take it or leave it""

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    Former Employee - Writer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Writer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits if you work there long enough. If you manage to last they do seem to take care of employees. There's also cache in being able to say you work for Disney, and there are always perks when it comes to visiting the theme parks or any of the other entertainment attractions they host. Working on the lot in Burbank also has many perks, They do feed their employees very well and the studio is very centrally located. parking is covered and the studio grounds are always well kept.Once thing you can say about Disney is that the studio is run like a well oiled machine. At least from the outside.

    Cons

    The pay is not very competitive with most of the other entertainment studios in the city of Los Angeles. Additionally, they have a firm take it or leave attitude so there aren't a lot of options if you're not happy with their salary offers. Especially in these troubled economics hard times, when it comes to Disney there's no negotiations. They make an offer and you either accept or move along. Also, employees are often treated like cattle. You either fall in line or you're reprimanded for not falling in step with your associates. There's also a feeling of working in a prison when you're there, too.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more growth opportunities.


  10. "Slave Driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Park Admission
    Discounts
    Well known company
    health benefits
    gym on site (need to pay)
    Healthy food options in common area

    Cons

    Promotions and good reviews are based on being "friends" with management or individuals doing your review. Results in incompetent managers constantly micromanaging and lack of knowledge of how to actually manage employees. Good employees are driven away.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce management training for all employees as well as a check and balance system in order for equal treatment to all.


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