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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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Pros
  • Great company, Great benefits, Working with talented people (in 9 reviews)

  • Great artists, good working environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, middle management has gotten over-inflated in size and sense of importance (in 4 reviews)

  • Sometimes there are really long hours (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. "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!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "visual development artist (concept artist)"

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    Current Employee - Visual Development Artist in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Visual Development Artist in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working with amazing talented people

    Cons

    not the best payment

    Advice to Management

    as we make money for the studio so much more than other companies. we should get payed as much as other studios if not more.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Happy Clapping Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Smart Creative People
    Very concentrated in making people happy with incentives
    Film performance bonus

    Cons

    Low salary
    Message might be difficult to come across
    Too many niches
    Difficult to move up

    Advice to Management

    Increase paid for overhead


  6. "Great place to be"

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Not much over time.

    Cons

    Too much politics.Production time is getting shorter & shorter..

    Advice to Management

    SDL system is not functioning.


  7. "Animator, Storyboards, Character Design, Prop Design"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director, Animator in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director, Animator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, Great benefits, Working with talented people

    Cons

    I never experienced any Cons while employed with Disney animation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create a great environment for the artists.


  8. "Beauty at a cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The projects are some of the most beautiful I've worked on.

    Cons

    The company maintains a culture of fear. They over hire by about 10% at the beginning of every show, then lay off about 10% at the end. You are nothing more than an allocated spot.


  9. "Awesome opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Animator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best part of feature animation right now is how open the landscape is. The opportunities are everywhere if you know where to look. If you have an idea, there is nothing stopping you from realizing it. No one will prevent you from exploring new things.

    Cons

    The place has a lot of legacy baggage that keeps it weighed down. It's hard to pivot when you're steering a cruise liner. Coming up with new workflows, tools, and pipelines is very tricky and takes years (by the time you implement something new, its already 5 years outdated).

    Advice to Management

    Build room into the timeline to innovate. Innovation requires leaving behind a trail of failed experiments.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    There are some amazing benefits to working at Disney, as far as perks go they treat their employees right.

    Cons

    Long, long hours and terrible crunch times. Other studios have this figured out so why don't we? It doesn't seem like anything is changing either, movie schedules get worse each year. There's also way too many politics if you want to move up.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Best Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Cartoonist/Animator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Cartoonist/Animator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Disney is the best company to work for because you get admission into Disneyland and get paid Disney vacations. The staff and crew are very nice and attentive.

    Cons

    There are no cons for Disney. Disney is absolutely the place to work at if you really love their cartoons and you love to draw and animate cartoons.



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