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Updated May 26, 2017
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  • It can be difficult to manage work/life balance (in 63 reviews)

  • Long hours, large amount of managers (in 133 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Disneyland is the worst employer I've ever had."

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    Former Employee - Attractions Host in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Attractions Host in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The BEST reason to work at Disneyland is that SOME of the magic that Walt Disney created is still there. The guests are usually wonderful, and it's a special experience that you just can't reproduce elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management. Wages. Lack of respect from management. NO work/life balance. Disneyland has the worst management I've ever experienced. They treat the "Cast Members" (employees) as paid slaves, making you work outrageous hours (sometimes 60+ hours a week) during the summer months, then only 10+ hours a week during off-peak times. They offer benefits only if you can meet ridiculous off-peak "minimum hours worked" schedules, and to top it all off - you get paid $8-$10/hr - which isn't much in the off-peak season. And if you try to have a second job to support yourself, they won't work with YOUR schedule, they'll just fire you once you've "called out" too many times.

    Advice to Management

    Treat even your lowest employees like human beings. Work with their life so they can continue to give more than what you pay them. LISTEN to those "Cast Members" who actually doing the job, rather than the managers who haven't loaded a ride vehicle or helped a mad guest in years.

    In short - make Disneyland a place where your employees will brag about what a great company you are - not just that they get to run the rides at Disneyland!


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Make sure check out the culture of the group....some groups are more friendly than others"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented people and free disneyland passes and discount off the very pricey disney merchandises. I had great colleagues and everyone works very hard. Nice buildings and offices. The salary was not bad but you if you figure it out on a per hour basis, you are not making that much.

    Cons

    Hours hours hours! Forget your personal life if you work in Finance. Management style is hostile and competitive (i'm sure that is group specific). The egos are very big companywide. Their system is lacking for a fortune 100 company and it makes your job that much harder.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop hiring top management who rule by fear and disrespect employees.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "They Don't Call it Mouschwitz for Nothing!"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Underground parking at the main headquarters! Free Disney propoganda for kids & relatives!

    Cons

    Too many deadwood VPs that are killing time, productivity, and the shareprice while working 10-4. They clog the system preventing others from advancing.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the deadwood VPs.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "The unhappiest place in the world."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's Disney. The brand name "wow"s people.
    The workplace is cute and you get invited to premiers, meet stars.
    The projects are quite interesting.

    Cons

    Bad working hours. Overworked employees.
    Low salaries and their is an obvious contempt for new/inexperienced workers.
    IT not given it's fair share of recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your back end employees and appreciate them. Closer correspondence between the "higher ups" and the lowly employees would help too.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Little Action"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Disney is a well known brand.

    Cons

    Senior Management very secretive and have strategy dictated to them by Corporate. Decisions are based off hierarchy and not analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Manage with accountability. Embrace technology. Respect AND act on ideas of staff.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Professional Internship Program Engineering in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Internship Program Engineering in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The name Disney may assist in future job applications...

    Cons

    Overall extremely dissatisfied with the experience. Very little opportunity to apply my engineering skills. Upper management treated professional interns with no respect.

    Advice to Management

    Give the professional interns more responsibility. Assign larger projects that are both beneficial to the company and provide opportunity for the student to grow and learn as well.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Destructive to ego, work ethic and motivation to advance in life."

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    Current Employee - Team Lead - GRE (Stockroom) in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead - GRE (Stockroom) in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great discount. Plenty of time-off.

    Cons

    Grossly inexperienced management. I was hired as a supervisor to the stockroom, I was told that I would be given both the opportunity to advance and solve problems in a competitive retail environment. Instead, I was given rigid imperatives without insight, ambiguous tasks without proper directive. I was expected to follow through on tasks projected to take 10 man-hours within 2 etc.. With almost no room to actually resolve a situation, the impatient managers refused to accommodate issues brought to them by me. Their lack of insight and vapid mindedness, lead to an overall decline of store efficiency.

    The pay was horrible for the expectations, the risk and the poor opportunity for advancement. Do not work here unless you are hired as part of the management team. As a supervisor, I was treated sub-human. My workers were excellent, they were underpaid and treated unfairly as well. The level of stress is not worth the pay deficiency.

    Advice to Management

    I cannot stress the word "inexperienced" enough. Despite the utter lack of retail experience, the store manager was seriously deprived of leadership and managerial skills. The assistant manager would often stir drama pertaining to the manager to his staff, especially myself and associates.

    Learn to think outside the box. Use your imagination when it comes to problems and don't make frivolous attempts to advertise superiority. Instead, think of effective ways to maximize your staff's hours to the store's advantage. Wasting time is the number one preventable cause of occupational inefficiency.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "not at all what i expected"

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    Current Employee - Photographer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Photographer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The insurance (only optional for full time) is very cheap and pretty good. Getting in free saves a lot of money assuming you would be going to the park whether you work there or not.

    Cons

    The hours are terrible, there is no flexibility when you need time off, the heat in Orlando is insane during the majority of the year, people treat you like crap because you're in an amusement park even if you're a college grad, the managers treat people like garbage, there is no communication, backstage facilities are terrible, scheduling is uncooperative, advancement is limited unless you're a serious ass kiss, and the pay is lousy on any scale under Area Manager.

    Advice to Management

    Might be nice to treat people with respect and stop acting like you're the greatest thing ever. The fact is, you're probably less educated than the people who work under you.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A disappointment.. the way supervisors treat their employees is unprofessional."

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They seem to provide good benefits to their employees once hired.

    Cons

    Some of the management does not know how to communicate with co-workers without degrading them and putting them down. There is not enough information sharing. You are only allowed to see a small window of how your work fits in the big picture but are not given enough relevant information on other areas of the company in order to do your job effectively. Disney does not provide training, or at least did not for me, and then they put you down and yell at you for procedures you were never told.

    Advice to Management

    Adequate training should be provided to new employees. For a new employee to receive 'no training' at all and then be criticized and humiliated on a daily basis for not knowing Disney's 1 million plus policies and procedures that have no relevance to the actual job skills performed is terrible.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "The evil side of Disney movies is how it goes behind the scenes"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good for college grads, exposure to many systems, complicated architecture

    Cons

    Not family friendly, suck every bit out of you they can, whatever you allow, politics rule, mgmt not qualified and mostly just robotic and terrible, puppets to higher management, pay stinks to start, company takes advantage of lack of competition of IT (they rule Orlando) work to treat workers poorly, they do not give you choice of what projects you work on, will ruin your skills if you let them by sticking you in place they need someone, then won't let you out as they do not want to train someone else. Treat people over 50 horribly. Really alot of evil behind the scenes. Long-timers say company has gone continuously downhill in last 20 years as a good place to work.


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