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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • It can be difficult to manage work/life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Long hours in the heat can be draining but all worth it (in 141 reviews)

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  1. "Operations Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Park Access, Work/Life Balance, Cleanliness

    Cons

    Senior Leadership, No teamwork, No working across Divisions

    Advice to Management

    Break down walls between Divisions


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with on a daily basis. The people are extremely smart and talented however everyone's hands are tied by strict budgets and rushed deadlines.

    Cons

    Shady, deceitful, non-appreciative & underhanded leadership makes this job unbearable at times. Work load is not on par with the salary, be prepared to work long work days/nights and weekends to meet the companies unrealistic deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Watch these leaders who claim to have the company's best interest in mind.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not great"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Getting tickets to the parks is nice

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. The pay is bad, they take advantage of you and your time. It's a bad situation and completely representative of everything wrong with capitalism.

    Advice to Management

    It's not your fault.


  4. "Union position so raises are automatic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    Lots of perks such as free admission and discounts

    Cons

    union gives annual raise no matter the quality of work.


  5. "A media company not a tech company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    Fun people to work with. You will rarely encounter a team in which you do not get along with everyone.

    Cons

    Micro management from Executive leadership interferes with solution planing causing short term fixes that do not address the long term issues or needs of the company. It is not uncommon to see the same issue repeat month after month. If you are well versed in ITIL do not expect to see it well executed here.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Its not the magic we sell."

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job, amazing characters, properties, and films to work with. The CEO is amazing, he fixed Animation from a culture standpoint with Jon Lasseter. But the rest of the company has a long way to go.

    Cons

    You will need to jump through many many layers to get anything approved. The work environments are almost all cubicles that are outdated. Its a hierarchal organization thats says it wants creativity and innovation however it stifles both. What is sold to the outside mostly comes from the places purchased and were already fixed such as Pixar, and Marvel. The good stuff that comes out of the company comes at the cost of moral, frustration, and bitter anger within.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the senior level positions from SVP to EVP. Its time to move forward and become agile. More autonomy and purpose less meetings, more project based work. The company is all politics and lack of ownership. TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quick-Service Food and Beverage"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Walt Disney Company as an intern

    Pros

    Could give away shifts easily, always scheduled at least 30 hours per week

    Cons

    Leadership was either incompetent or treated their employees like trash, scheduling was a mess so there were always force extensions of shifts

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to cast members and perhaps learn to do your jobs a little better (especially when it comes to scheduling)

  8. Helpful (2)

    ""The place where dreams come true, for customers, not employees.""

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    Current Employee - Entertainment in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Entertainment in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company USED to provide good insurance plans, but they have reworked their partners and the insurance is not as good as in the past.

    Cons

    Morale is low. Hours are LONG. Management is Company friendly, and not worker friendly. You get brainwashed into thinking your job matters, when in reality, there is someone waiting at Human Resources ready to replace you in a heartbeat.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees actually matter, and not just THINK they matter. Respect goes both ways. You have to give it to earn it.


  9. "Not always the happiest place on earth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Getting to see the behind the scenes creation of costumes. Also, working for Disneyland, you're able to get into the park for free, any day that isn't blocked out, so if you're a Disney fan it's great. If you happen to be a full-time employee, you get to walk in 3 friends or family members for free as well, for a certain number of times per year.

    Cons

    1. Other than working in a store or restaurant, the pay is much lower at Disneyland for the same type of job outside the park, especially in the creative departments. A lot of employees here have 2 & 3 jobs just to make ends meet. 2. Parking is horrible. Employees must park at their off-site parking lots and shuttle in, yet the shuttle system is slow so you need to be parked and waiting in line at least 30 mins ahead of your shift to make sure you are not late. 3. It's not easy to move up and get ahead in this company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Design thinking just not accepted."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    A lot great people to work with.
    Premiere entertainment company, great content and services on which to work
    Complex and interesting problems

    Cons

    Ineffective design management that is in over their heads
    A culture that rejects design and design thinking as a waste of time and money
    Adversarial relationships between the Technologist, Design, and Product teams
    Unbalanced teams with too many resources and decision makers with no clear vision, lots of arguing and redoing of work
    Hurry up and wait mentality creates cycles of unneeded stress and inefficient down time

    Advice to Management

    Better design management
    More designers with better benefits for a more effective balance of decision making power


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