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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. "Great Enviroment, ORG chart is out of control."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    * Great People
    * Great environment
    * Decent benefits for FT

    Cons

    *Too many roles contracted
    * Work/life balance can be rough
    * Too many people at decision making levels. Projects stall as a result.
    * Information is HARD TO FIND. If I'm tasked with supporting a platform, I often due to lack of documentation.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear chain of management. I often have to clear single changes and requests through 4-5 different people and projects slow down/stall.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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. 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.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, organised teams, good benefits (at level of other big studios), good facilities for employees and nice offices. Who wouldn't want to work at Disney!

    Cons

    Can feel a bit like a small cog in a big machine. Very important who you rub elbows with. Can be clicky. Committee of executives sending projects in different directions can be difficult to navigate!

    Advice to Management

    Changing your mind is an executive's prerogative. But having multiple executives sending projects in multiple directions and not communicating with each other can be costly and ultimately affect quality.


  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. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun company to work for, lots of perks like movie screenings and staff discounts. The people I worked with were fantastic, we worked hard but also took time out to laugh and have fun which is so important for staff morale. Career opportunities are there if you want them.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime at a low level in the organisation in order to meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    I hope management is looking at workplace flexibility for team members particularly with children, and not just for upper management levels.


  7. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    Long hours, and bad management

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees. Trust and respect them. That can do wonders.

  8. "Local 40 Specialist for Disney"

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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

    Wonderful work environment and amazing staff of people

    Cons

    Cost of living in Los Angeles and the surrounding city.

    Advice to Management

    Really there is no advice to be given. Disney is just a great place to work on a number of levels.


  9. 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.


  10. "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney Studios full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, encouraging production staff, and great place for networking

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay (but most days you're earning overtime/double), no reimbursement for travel on offsite shoots


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