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Walt Disney Animation Studios Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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Walt Disney Animation Studios President, Pixar and Disney Animation Ed Catmull
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  • 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. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Technical Director?"

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to put on my headphones and just forget about everything

    Cons

    Our department is run by Grump old white MEN. I am represented by one token supervisor who doesn't drive my ideas or issues forward. When I present my worth to the leadership I get pushed aside. Almost like I've been patted on the head

    Advice to Management

    Look hard and long in the mirror and know that most of us can't stand you. You are old and can't see that we are people also


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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