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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated July 6, 2018
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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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Pros
  • "Upper mgmt has turned around studio and gets the human condition" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The hours can get pretty long, especially during crunch time" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Moving out of lower positions is often blocked or made discouragingly difficult" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "artist"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great creative atmosphere and design process.

    Cons

    None really eccept for top heavy art reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy in design reviews


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing experience but work was punishing"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented and creative people in the industry work here. I learned a lot in short space of time and felt privileged to be a member of my team. Being at the fount of Disney's creative output felt very special and the company goes out of its way to make the studio an inspiring place to work. The perks were good (if often food-related) and employee bonuses were also welcome.

    Cons

    Coming from the UK, I found the 10 days accrued vacation and the endless overtime very hard to adjust to. While the latter was optional, I felt like it was needed to meet production deadlines and make the salary feel competitive.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Animation Studio"

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    Former Employee - Production Artist in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Burbank, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Creative environment and talented co workers. Nice perks .

    Cons

    Management fosters a culture of fear of losing your job. Very cliquish. Mixed bag of cool people and a-holes. Very corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage creativity and cooperation and quit promoting psychopaths.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Two faced management. Too much politics, very little focus on progress."

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

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

    Pros

    None. There is potential and the place is full of talented individual contributors. Management decisions are however shady and counter productive.

    Cons

    Way too much focus on feeding egos and too little on improving the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Better accountability for top management.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Going from good to bad"

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

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Upper mgmt has turned around studio and gets the human condition.

    Cons

    New CTO has isolated himself from tech workers. Managers micromanage engineers. If you like agile, here's the place to work. Great top management probably not long before retiring.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your tech workers, so stop meeting twice a day to manage them.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Toxic workplace"

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

    I worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Pay is marginally better than most other TV studios in town. Some colleagues are top notch talent.

    Cons

    Cliquish - G-d help you if you aren't from CalArts. Women and minorities are not promoted. No communication between directors and teams. People hire/promote their unqualified friends while talented people languish in lower positions. Budget cuts (really Disney???) are endemic leading to massive layoffs in a single production. Turnover high, morale low. Bullying has led to many talented people leaving. The most dysfunctional workplace I have encountered to date.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better collaborators as directors - it's a television production, not a one-person show. Allow artists to add their voice to your work - why else have you hired them? People are not cogs in your machine. Communicate better at earlier stages of production so you don't have major rewrites and reworkings at late stages of the game. Promote women and nonwhite people. Stop protecting bullies.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "fun for a couple years"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    passionate about the brand; fun, rewarding company culture

    Cons

    severely underpaid in production unless you want or can work a zillion hours of OT

    Advice to Management

    need better ways to retain top talent - they get them in the door, then drive them away with lack of development opportunities

  8. "Casting and Talent Relations Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lovely department, nice co-workers, got to see and work with a ton of creative and smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of communication within the department and sometimes there was no work for the intern.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "I feel like I'm part of a great tradition here"

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    Current Employee - Character Technical Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Character Technical Director in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I know my work will be seen by millions of people. Taken as a whole, I think we make people happier through our work.

    Cons

    Like many big companies, it's easy to get pigeon holed. Sometimes middle management can be very set in their ways.

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of innovative, hyper motivated people with a lot of great ideas that are burning out without the opportunity to contribute their ideas. The company needs more churn and diverse mentorship opportunities.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay, no time for life outside."

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    Current Employee - Animator
    Current Employee - Animator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios full-time

    Pros

    Best pay in the industry for CG features. Emphasis on good quality.

    Cons

    Hours. Every film have less time to complete. Management is happy to grind artists down and replace.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your schedules. Don't let Story take 4 years to come up with something and then give animation 6 months to complete it!


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