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Disney Studios Reviews

Updated March 7, 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 7 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "No job stability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "I like my job. The company can use improvement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool company. Lots of very smart people. Interesting work

    Cons

    competitive, cold, quiet, unfriendly, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the presence of people who work on your team every once in awhile


  7. "Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get experience, they will work you to the bone so anything else seems to be a piece of cake.

    Cons

    They work you to the bone and very difficult to work your way up unless you're in marketing, they are infamous for the high turnover there. Other than that, not much room to advance, very, very, very much a place you need to play the corporate politics game.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees = productivity


  8. "Disney is not the most magical place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Strong brand
    Well known products
    Free DVDs/BDs when the market was good
    Lots of young smart collegues
    Strong openness to gay people (many sr management gay and open)

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Promotions based on who you know, not what you know
    Very hierarchical management system, lower level people not even allowed to meetings on your own titles you are responsible for
    Lower than average pay
    Few male workers, except for sr management
    Sr management not in touch with day to day workload and responsibility put on managers and below
    Layoffs every one and a halt to two years, like clockwork

    Advice to Management

    Care about the people
    Promote based on performance, not just personality
    Support work/life balance


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