Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2021

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Pros
  • "working with amazing talented people(in 9 reviews)

  • "generally safe and respectful work environment(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Sometimes middle management can be very set in their ways(in 5 reviews)

  • "Sometimes there are really long hours(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Wonderful experience.

      Mar 30, 2021 - Animation Supervisor 
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      Pros

      Best talent in the world.

      Cons

      Not the happiest place on earth but still great.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Love the internship program!

      Mar 26, 2021 - Story Intern in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      The program was very well-structured. Company culture is very diverse and full of life and creativity. I feel supported by mentors and other mentees during the internship.

      Cons

      Not that I can think of.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      All Characters

      Jan 10, 2021 - Character Artist in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      disney characters and sequel characters

      Cons

      we working on job Walt Disney Animation Studios

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fun place to work, limited growth

      Jan 21, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      There are a lot of perks when working for Disney and the animation studio offers a lot on top of that. Really great group of people

      Cons

      Limited opportunities for software engineering growth, low compensation

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company

      Nov 12, 2020 - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      The team is fantastic and prioritizes quality content.

      Cons

      It has the same struggles as any large company.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not for everyone

      Dec 8, 2020 - Media Manager in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      Very happy people, nice environment, great perks and health care

      Cons

      work too long, no room for growth, no one cares what you have to say unless you're a VP or above, cult feeling

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      May 5, 2020 - Senior Animator in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      Friendly people, great projects, feel like part of a community

      Cons

      Long hours of crunch, can feel like cog in a machine

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Big company, but great if you find your niche

      Dec 19, 2018 - Engineer in Burbank, CA
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      Pros

      -Interesting and challenging projects -Work with other industry leaders across the massive Disney corporation -Work with rockstar artists (do other artists have their own instagram hashtag?) and industry renowned technical folk -Ambitious future plans -Fun work environment: lots of relevant industry events, screenings, and weekly team building activities -Open environment for publishing work and ideas, encouraged to attend various festivals, conferences, and industry shows. Open Houses to shmooze with other industry folk. -People generally seem positive and dedicated -Rolling opportunities to pitch new risky ideas -Decent compensation and benefits for the work-life balance, though not at the $$$ level with the 5 Big Tech companies. But at least you don't need to shower after slinging ads or selling/leaking personal information to nefarious organizations. -Work on movies at an iconic company with an almost 100 year celebrated legacy -You feel like the end product really does make the world a better place: at work are posted childrens' letters on recognizing bias and racism after Zootopia, Pacific Islanders visited after Moana to describe the positive impact it had on their communities.

      Cons

      -Loss of some good people over the past couple years, with some voids left unfilled -It's a big company and it can feel like one -Minimal QA and build support available for the technical folk -Diminishing bonus perks (like Disneyland block out dates getting worse) -Your friends will never stop asking you for cheap Disneyland tickets

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      10 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing place; very political

      Jan 2, 2020 - Senior Systems Engineer 
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      Pros

      Being in the building and around the artists was inspiring. Lots of amazing content being created and activities to be part of. Some truly wonderful people and products you could be proud of.

      Cons

      Non-production departments were often second class and middle management was very political and it was hard to have new ideas or advance in your career.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Unfortunately not... the happiest place on earth

      Jul 15, 2019 - Artist 
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      Pros

      Great benefits package (perks), working at a legacy studio with some of the greatest artists and talent on the planet, very comfortable building with inspiring artwork gracing the halls, parking on campus and decent food options both on campus and near by.

      Cons

      A dismal Onboarding plan for artist (depending on department). Reactionary management and poor show supervision. Fear based management tactics, employees are afraid to loose their jobs, or get pushed out of their department and not get to go back, or be written up by show leadership and there's little recourse . Most employees have little experience outside Disney and they're afraid to leave or look to see what's available in the industry whether it be software, workflow, tactics and so it's a bit outdated in approach (like most legacy studios).

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