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Walt Disney Company Reviews

Updated May 20, 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 (3)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative and professional people allaround.

    Cons

    Politics and pay range is all over the place within different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it fun. Sometimes too serious.


  2. "Sales Facilitation Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilitation Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Facilitation Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, paternity/maternity leave, park passes, and you work with good people.

    Cons

    Pay is not on scale for the work you do and Leaders are not at 'Disney' as front line cast members. Not many opportunities to move up in the sales environment. My Job was a facilitator and I got paid hourly where as any other Full Time Facilitation Position in the company is Salary.

    Advice to Management

    The company is hemorrhaging money due to turn over. Look at investing in your front line.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Manager, Strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company with great benefits and something always in the pipeline. The company does a great job of supporting initiatives across all business segments in order to amplify impact to the bottom line. Relationships are key at this company - if you have a keen sense of how to get things done and deliver and foster relationships a with employees who work in other disciplines, you will be well suited for Disney. Many people love what they do and it shows. At corporate, you'll have many learning opportunities each year and chances for growth. Did I mention benefits are great? (Silver pass (park entrance), movie screenings, etc.)

    Cons

    Given Disney's sector - the entertainment industry - and its responsibility to shareholders, there is a high level of "what are you delivering for me today". Whether its content or earnings, executives and staff work quite a few hours to meet goals. The company is working on work-life balance, but there is still some work to do. For Southern California, salary is a bit lower than competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Expanding our information and distribution capabilities is important to keep up with where our industry is headed, but content will always be king. Don't worry that we will be behind (despite what the street may say); rather, maintain focus on creating relevant and impactful content. Netflix may produce some great shows, but a side to side comparison will show that Netlix (and the other "new studios) overall does not rival what Disney has accomplished. Keep an eye on the future, wait for the right distribution/information play (read: not a $50B Netlix purchase or merger with major telecom) and continue to tell stories.


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  5. "Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Senior Deputy Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Deputy Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Deputy Editor in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, driven people around every corner. Great benefits. Resources to do the job the right way.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management level sometimes leaves little elbow room for mid-level employee innovation, despite the company's avowed interest in encouraging it. Might be losing its touch as a cutting-edge media company. Lots of self-congratulatory back-patting that often doesn't resonate outside the company. Advancement up the ranks happens at a snail's pace.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace risks. Stop playing it safe so often. And invest more in the resources you have rather than always looking outside the company.


  7. "Great experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning new technologies
    Great workplace
    Creativity

    Cons

    Hard to get a permanent role
    A lot of changes


  8. "Merchandise Cast Member"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    There were great benefits as far as the parks went and the management was welcoming enough.

    Cons

    Long hours as to be expected in busy season. Leadership could have been better. I saw a shift in priorities in the company as a whole; more concerned about money.

    Advice to Management

    Get creative in engaging employees.


  9. "Waterdog Music (Formerly Affiliated With Disney)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Waterdog is one of the veteran indie record labels in Chicago with its own recording studio. As a small company you're involved with every aspect of getting music to the market from engineering to promoting albums and shows. Plus you're working with one the best songwriters and performers in the Midwest. The Disney association is long-gone but this form would not allow Waterdog Music to be listed as the company.

    Cons

    Due to the downturn in the general music business, there are limited financial resources to expand what the company currently does or bring new projects to completion.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunity with Limited Room to Grow - Parks (Disneyland)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attractions Cast Member in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Attractions Cast Member in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Working in Disneyland & being apart of the Walt Disney Company
    -Having the opportunity to make guests and kids feel special, daily
    -Understanding that you work for one of the worlds best known companies
    -The perks include free entry every day as a guest (with valid ID card), discounts on food, guests tickets, merchandise, etc.
    -Seeing the structure of a profitable organization, in which executives and stockholders profit plenty

    Cons

    -Roughly 25,000 part time and full time employees...do the math on your chances of standing out and joining management.
    -A majority of cast members talk trash about other cast members, rat other cast members out to management (thinking they'll get ahead in some way), and straight up talk trash about guests. Such behavior is immature, unprofessional, and happens in every corner of the theme park.

    Advice to Management

    Continue creating the magic.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Ruined the magic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee Disney park pass and good cafeteria

    Cons

    Co workers were mean and lying! The directors were micromanaged, the work was intense and given very little time to actually do that work! We were expected to be Disney happy all the time and that's not even realistic!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like human beings! Stop bringing out the worst in them by putting them down


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