Walt Disney Imagineering Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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Pros
  • "The most inspiring work environment with very talented and passionate employees(in 21 reviews)

  • "Work life balance, great people, fun product(in 12 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours and somewhat under appreciated by leadership for the effort necessary to drive for continued project delivery successes(in 10 reviews)

  • "The 'inbreeding' of the upper management and the fact that most of them have never had jobs anywhere else creates a most bizarre 'logic'(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fun and exciting place to work

      Apr 16, 2021 - Control Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
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      Pros

      Exposure to applications you would otherwise never have

      Cons

      Not a lot of career growth

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Mostly good, watch out for Corporate

      Apr 26, 2021 - special effects designer in Glendale, CA
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      Pros

      - Friendly co-workers and work atmosphere - I was able to go to different Imagineers and get input on my designs - Perks like getting into the parks for free (some limitations) and a learning stipend - I was able to move around to different departments based on what was needed - Access to better tools and new technologies

      Cons

      - As WDI keeps getting more corporatized, it feels like WDI is losing its heart - I feel that contractors are treated as second-class citizens when it comes to things like corporate events - Vertical growth opportunities are few and far-between - You have to hustle to find work to fill your time sheet unless you're assigned to a big project

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Make great friends but never advance

      Apr 18, 2021 - Senior Civil Designer in Glendale, CA
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      Pros

      Great place to work if you enjoy feeling like you're a part of something much bigger than yourself. Great company culture and internal celebrations. Environment is very casual, but professional. Bottom line; a very fun place to call "work".

      Cons

      Massive problem with cronyism. Very difficult to get ahead if you are not part of the right group, and accepted. Too many ceilings and too many bosses for true advancement. Career development is talked about alot but is really a myth. Never have I seen a company more confused about what diversity means, although the attempts at it do deserve some credit.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      My "Dream Job"

      Mar 19, 2021 - Principal Landscape Architect in Long Beach, CA
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      Pros

      -Amazing range of projects to work on and experience. -Creativity at it's finest - 'Making the Magic' -To be able to see the Guests reactions and sheer happiness while enjoying experiences you had a part in designing...

      Cons

      -Long hours sometimes -A bit of 'brown nosing' and favoritism played within the ranks when reaching for a promotion or accolade. Many times this is not based on your experience or knowledge or what you can bring to the higher position - but WHO you know. It's pretty pathetic.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Versatility in projects and awesome people

      Mar 23, 2021 - Concept Artist in Orlando, FL
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      Pros

      WDI is an awesome place for designers who want to get there hands in a lot of different types of projects. You also get to work alongside some of the coolest and most talented people. Really awesome work-life balance.

      Cons

      The environment can be competitive. Although the company runs like a consulting group within the greater Walt Disney Company, the politics still trickle down into everyday life in ways.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good projects, Dinosaur management.

      May 4, 2021 - Creative Designer in Glendale, CA
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      Pros

      Nice projects, good budgets, park tickets

      Cons

      Management is incompetent, Old timers can be defensive, inflexible and abusive. Sooo many layers of management. Lots of feuds between departments.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Difficult to adapt as an outsider.

      May 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The company highly promotes an open door policy where typically any manager or leadership is accessible.

      Cons

      Very hierarchical and bureaucratic place. Trying to implement any changes was hard.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great work environment

      Mar 13, 2021 - Principal Landscape Architect in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      - stimulating work environment with a wide array of world class talent - international project work with opportunities for travel and relocations - budgets to support the level of expectations from customers

      Cons

      - discard of dedicated talent for cost cutting reasons - more corporate approach in the last few years lessening the joy of the work

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Nice Perks But Needs Better Opportunities for Advancement

      Mar 9, 2021 - Lighting Designer in Anaheim, CA
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      Pros

      The product Walt Disney Imagineering makes is happiness, there is really nothing more rewarding than that. The job not only allows creativity it is a mandatory requirement. The Disney specific perks are pretty great. There is no lack of challenge or variety in the job. There is a culture of comradery and collaboration.

      Cons

      Pay is industry average. There is no clear path of advancement and no transparency into how to advance. There is no infrastructure for training, mentorship, and talent development. If you are lucky enough to work with someone who is a good mentor, great. If not there are no good alternatives.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Creative Company

      Mar 29, 2021 - Senior Interior Designer in Glendale, CA
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      Pros

      unique projects, ability to customize products, great co-workers

      Cons

      large scale company, slow to make decisions

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