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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated January 4, 2018
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  • It can be difficult to manage work/life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • The downside to working here is the long hours (in 144 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here unless you want to work lots of hours for little pay"

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    Former Employee - Entertainment Technician in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Entertainment Technician in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It can be a fun place to work and outsiders think you're cool because you work there.

    Cons

    The organization is sclerotic to the point of not being able to correct procedural problems that have existed for decades. They tout the fact that they promote from within but they promote based not on what you know or how good of a worker you are, but on how many hours of overtime you're willing to work and how much abuse you're willing to take. They only want yes men. They are committed to paying their employees as little as possible and do not give employees performance reviews or have any mechanism for raises once you've been hired at your starting rate, other than to compete for a different higher paying position. To be considered, you better be working 6 or 7 days per week for years to prove to them that you're worthy.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say? Your broken corporate culture is so deeply entrenched that I hold no hope you'll ever change.


  2. "Unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Retail Merchandiser in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Merchandiser in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good if you are obsessed with Disney and plan on working there forever.

    Cons

    Not flexible with school schedule. Rough hours. Unprofessional managers. Nobody ever got back to you about scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and understanding when it comes to student workers. Make sure you communicate with employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile work environment, abundant corporate greed"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The connections, if you happen to meet some of the genuinely kind people who just do their work and go home and don’t get ‘involved’ in social situations at work. The experience, and the word Disney on your resume.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. I wouldn’t want any of my friends or family to work here. Some sexual harassment, very much social exclusion, huge age gaps which lead to more exclusion.

    Advice to Management

    I tried to give advice to management but half the time they were on vacation, the other half of the time people literally told me there is nothing you can do about it. I don’t believe there is advice to give because the company has gotten so big that everyone in a position of power is motivated by money (and time off). Advice I would give to a potential future employee: It’s a big trade off. If you want the section on your resume, drink the Kool-aid and conform or shut up and keep to yourself.


  4. "Poor"

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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 Company full-time

    Pros

    The Guests are great to be with.

    Cons

    Do not get paid enough


  5. "Great place"

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

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great esp free Disneyland passes that my friends use me for. Also great coworkers.

    Cons

    Management is clueless of any issues going on. Lots of incompetence amongst managers

    Advice to Management

    To listen more to those who are actually completing work and doing their jobs. Executive are not aware/ clueless of what is going on


  6. "walt Disney World"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Good Benifits.

    Cons

    Need to take care of their employees. Need to pay them better. Most live pay check to pay check.

    Advice to Management

    Need to take care of your hard working employees better Need to pay them living wages. Most Live pay check to Pay Check.


  7. "Sr Business Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure, Volume, Low salary, no promotions, hire in experienced

    Cons

    micro management, no work life balance, highly political, unorganized work environment, unstructured

    Advice to Management

    hire experienced instead of higher interns or junior.

  8. "Stay away from Disney"

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    Current Employee - Waiter in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Waiter in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None. Worst company to work for. They will take everything good out of you and turn you to evil.

    Cons

    They have professional psychologists on staff. It's a freakin mental institute there. Stay away

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bullies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    Free Disneyland tickets were the only positive part

    Cons

    Political gamesmanship with zero accountability


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the happiest place on earth"

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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 Company part-time

    Pros

    Free entry to the parks and discounts

    Cons

    There's so many cons about working here that I can't list them all. Very low pay, they don't care about you or you're scheduling needs, horrible hours, many mean people and leads, dirty break areas for cast members. You're basically a slave worker to Disney. It seems all magical until you start working here you see the ugly side of Disney. All they care about is money and they cut hours and wages and people. You can tell others cast members aren't happy working here.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your fellow cast members, we're people too. Bob Iger should take a pay cut to give everyone more money.


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