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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • It can be difficult to manage work/life balance (in 63 reviews)

  • Long hours, large amount of managers (in 131 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Accounting Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Accounting Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Accounting Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with good benefits. Exposure to various departments and different job opportunities.

    Cons

    Current role can get a little routine due to quarterly based reporting. And due to the complexity of reports, flexible workplace can be little tough to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    More support to team unity and team spirit, as well as support for career movements for the employees.


  2. "A magical place to work"

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    Current Employee - Digital Designer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Designer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salaries, great benefits, flexible working hours, awesome brands

    Cons

    very top heavy with management, not much room for advancement unless you're lucky enough to be around when someone leaves


  3. "Fun perks but low pay, hard to advance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free park passes and discounts
    Get to make the magic happen

    Cons

    Pay is low, especially for back of house jobs at Parks in Orlando.
    Very hard to advance into senior positions, as it is very political and still an old boys network
    Uneven distribution of work and uneven leveling of people
    Too many executives that don't make good decisions
    Senior Management is constantly changing direction which makes it hard to be productive or feel good about your job

    Advice to Management

    -Promote people based on skills, not seniority with Disney or who they know.
    -Decide on a strategy and how to execute it, and stick with it! Flexibility is good, but schizophrenia is not.
    -Too many executive layers that do not increase productivity in back of house. Many Directors & VPs spend most of their time trying to please their Sr. executives, rather than doing anything that will really make a difference to the Company or help staff get real work done well.
    -Distribute work load better and recognize people for personal sacrifices AND hard work, not just for soft skills or how they demonstrate love for the product.


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  5. "Senior IT Analyst"

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - IT Senior Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, nice benefits and discounts

    Cons

    Things move very slowly, some managers are tough to deal with and avoid improvement if it is not status quo

    Advice to Management

    Need to rotate managers to get fresh perspective on areas and processes


  6. "An amazing unforgettable experience and opportunity with an outstanding company."

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Host in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Merchandise Host in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Diverse
    - Challenging
    - Engaging
    - Unique
    - Provoking
    - Thoughtful
    - Detailed
    - Strategized
    - Organized
    - Oriented

    Cons

    - Dramatic
    - Hot weather
    - Some bias
    - Unfair advantages
    - Departmental conflicts
    - Not consistent
    - Not always team-building friendly
    - Ignorance/disrespect
    - Cast not always listened to
    - Fake personality/attitudes

    Advice to Management

    Remove bias, listen, act and value your cast members. You help your team and cast members be successful and they will ensure success.


  7. "Sourcing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Legendary brands
    - Perks

    Cons

    - Management is slow in decision making process
    - Not a lot of focus on the "people"


  8. "Great work life balance. Lots of opportunities to grow as a full time employee."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly place to work at

    Cons

    Not a technology company like Google or Facebook


  9. "GREAT at the Contemporary as a College Programer"

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    Former Employee - Disney College Program - Merchandise in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Disney College Program - Merchandise in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management for the most part, good work family, opportunities to be a trainer and move up, enjoyed learning about the merchandise

    Cons

    long unpredictable hours, some management was rude and didn't know what they were doing, played favorites


  10. "Not what you would expect"

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    Current Employee - Service Operations Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Service Operations Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great name recognition, favorable discounts and free park admission

    Cons

    Very poor management - Impossible to advance - Very low morale - Depressing working environment

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the plan instead of firing from the hip. Mirco-managing won't solve poor processes.


  11. "Professional Intern"

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    Current Employee - Professional Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Everyone is approachable
    -Good perks including free admission to the parks
    -Family oriented and are flexible with time

    Cons

    -Office politics
    -Condescending at times

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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