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"Best place to start your career"

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

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

Pros

Lots of opportunities to grow. Great experience working for a massive multi-national. Benefits were good, but a bit expensive. Lots of cool perks if you work in the right area.

Cons

Ladder climbers galore. Need to always watch your back for someone. Compensation does not encourage staying with the company for a long time. to move up you have o leave and come back.

Advice to Management

Give more incentives for good people to stay

Other Employee Reviews for Walt Disney Company

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Loved every moment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, people and framework for growth/ learning opportunities

    Cons

    Big company means sometimes silos exist. Lots of politics


  2. "Good place to work if you don't need the money or want to advance up the corporate ladder."

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    Former Employee - PhotoPass Photographer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - PhotoPass Photographer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package for full-time employees including; medical, dental, Park admission for you and your family, discounts on merchandise and rooms, and work uniforms "costumes" are provided. For the most part coworkers are friendly and you can have fun at work. It's encouraged that you use your imagination, play with the guests "customers", and engage everyone you meet. It's a great place to hone your customer service skills. You will meet people from all walks of life, all ages, all countries, and temperaments between completely amazed to rude and angry. However Disney gives you all the tools you need to deal with most situations. Training courses on diversity, in-depth training in customer service techniques, access to software for learning different languages, all internal communication is in both english and spanish, and a wealth of self paced learning online. Probably one of the best jobs if you don’t need to live off you own wages, just need the benefits, and/or have no interest in advancement.

    Cons

    As I just mentioned its a fun and rewarding job, just not financially. Average starting pay is barely above minimum wage and with the exception of peak times, they usually give you a minimum number of hours. Part-time has to give 4 days of availably but may only be worked 1 day a week. This and the fact that schedules are only posted a week in advance make it hard to get a second part-time job. Full-time is required to give "full availability". This means you have to be available to work any shift on any day, literally you have to be able to work 24/7 if needed. The minimum number of hours for full-time is 32 which can make budgeting tricky. Pay raises are small, between 1-5%, and in no way keeps up with inflation. It can take years to transfer from part-time to full-time not because of a lack of need but because upper management just won't make the opportunities available. Even if a full-timer leaves they don't fill the vacancy with an eligible part-timer looking to move up. They just back fill with another part-timer. However if you have a spouse who makes good money and you are working there for "fun" or to get medical benefits than non of this matters.

    The management structure is very limiting for growth. There are very few levels between front-line castmember "employee" and upper management. This means it's hard to move up and extremely difficult to get into a middle management role. There are things you can do to enhance your pay like becoming a trainer or facilitator but the boost in pay is only in effect when you are officially scheduled for that role. None of these will help your chances to advance and if you're really good, could even hurt them. Managers are salary positions and tend to work more then 40 hours per week. Consideration for new manager candidates isn't done by performance or job knowledge but by favoritism. If you're liked you move up, if not you're stuck. Your direct manager holds your fate in their hands. Any kind of advancement or transfer can be blocked by them.

    Advice to Management

    Backed by a multi-billion dollar company that is known for its world class customer service and family friendly values it really help the reputation and bottom line if they would to pay those who are on the front lines a real living wage. With Disney being the only real choice for families why not help the lives of those families who work for you? It wouldn't hurt the bottom line and the improvement in employee satisfaction would actually improve it.


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