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Walt Disney Company Senior Manager Reviews

Updated November 1, 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. "A Happy Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IT in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager IT in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking and quick moving.

    Cons

    It's demanding. If that isn't for you, may not be a fit.

    Advice to Management

    Created greater visibility to company vision or challenges.


  2. "Excellent Experience"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Technical Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Technical Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, supportive culture, willingness from management to stay current with innovation in technology.

    Cons

    Nothing significant to report at this time

  3. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work friends, wonderful perks, excellent insurance benefits, 401K matching, generous PTO

    Cons

    Hard to advance, lack of direction from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the trenches with your team to see what they really need.


  4. "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.


  5. "Great company to work for, but be prepared to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, professional employees, many challenges and opportunities, great brands

    Cons

    Company has very high expectations and be prepared to work hard, and a lot of hours.


  6. "Senior Manager"

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

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time

    Pros

    TWDC Corporate Goals Are Clearly Communicated to the Organization
    Company Offers Good Benefits Package - Salary, Savings, Health, Services, Discounts, etc.
    There is a Growing Emphasis on Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Challenge to get hired into the organization at entry to senior management levels
    Career advancement may be difficult short-term
    Limited opportunities to move to other Disney business groups in the company


  7. "Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It has been a rewarding career experience with working for a variety of divisions across The Walt Disney Company.

    Cons

    There has not been any downside with working at The Walt Disney Company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, if you can survive it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of best brands in the world. Pride. Loyalty. Fun industry. Great people.

    Cons

    Red tape. Politics. Management will throw people under the bus. Frequent layoffs. Low pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific company, but prepare to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Walt Disney Company stands for so much of what families and America loves. Family entertainment along with Marvel and Lucasfilm. Terrific franchises and there is always something exciting coming down the pipeline. There are a WIDE array or areas that you can apply your expertise. You can absolutely make a difference provided that you raise your hand and take on the projects that others deem difficult or messy.

    Cons

    Due to the high demand of candidates seeking positions here, the pay is not top tier and it is difficult to get your foot in the door. Troll LinkedIn and reach out to Cast Members and invite them to coffee. Be relentless about being interviewed and work to have others give you recommendations. Once you're on the inside, constantly keep your eye on the DisneyCareers.com site if you would like to expand your role.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    Former Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented staff, decent resources, great intellectual property, and fun projects to work on.

    Cons

    Very cliquey and some really bad C-level management choices.

    Advice to Management

    Vet your C-level candidates more carefully.