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Walt Disney Imagineering Reviews

Updated March 6, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work environment, some of the most creative engineering minds I've ever had the pleasure to work with, ride system inventions keep the work fresh" (in 12 reviews)

  • "some great people, great benefits" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long Hours If Your NOT The Managers Friend Or Family, HR Is NOT There to Support Employees, HR Is There To Support Management," (in 7 reviews)

  • "If you are Temp you can work up to two years and then be let go" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Teamworking Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    At Imagineering, you will:
    -work with "A" list professionals
    -receive highly competitive pay
    -receive amazing benefits

    Cons

    *Not a meritocracy. You can work hard, go above and beyond, but there's no clear path for promotion. You may need to switch departments.


  2. "Heavy company politics"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Pros

    Inspiring projects to work for. Great people.

    Cons

    No clear career path for EA. You can either go up or down depending on the executive you support. Your skill as EA is not that important for your promotion.

  3. "principle designer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Designer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Designer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    most creative work place dream big and make it a reality. lovely creative community to work with

    Cons

    better to not look upward to management, too much politics up there

    Advice to Management

    be grateful, respect the talent below you


  4. "The happiest place on earth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    Fair compensation, rarely asked to work overtime, talented coworkers, great access to resources and professional tools

    Cons

    I always thought I would design architectural landmarks, not rides... but here I am!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Cookie Cutter operation by jaded people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You could meet some really creative people here.

    Cons

    Management population dwarfs creative staff. A lot of abusive personnel in position, seemingly protected by H.R.

    Advice to Management

    Your mandatory company policy and harassment module tests isn't practiced in actual work environment. It's just to cover your legal fine print. People got away with discrimination and harassment, because they are viewed for the company's financial gain. It's seems fine for the company to turn the other cheek. This is no longer the company that Walt Disney started. It's greedy corporate.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "COMPLETE NEPOTISM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creativity, Diversity, Starbucks, Cafeterias, Free Cereal, Parties Including Alcohol,

    Cons

    Uninvolved Management, Management Favors Friends And Family, Empty Promises Of Raises and Slot Bonuses Just To Keep You Working Long Hours, Long Hours If Your NOT The Managers Friend Or Family, HR Is NOT There to Support Employees, HR Is There To Support Management,

    Advice to Management

    Bob Weis Please Clean House Of Old Management. Especially the ones with 30 Plus Years. They Don't Care About Project Costs. They Are Allowing Their Golden Boys To Exhaust Project Funds. By Not Working As Well As Charging Projects Instead Of Using Vacation Pay. Disgusting As The Company Already Gives Several Weeks Of Paid Time Off. It's Time For CHANGE Let's Make Disney Great Again.


  7. "iOS Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    An amazing creative environment to develop cutting-edge mobile apps.

    Cons

    None, it's Disney.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Assoc project manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work
    Motivating projects

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership
    Lack of career growth opportunities


  9. "Creative Engineering at Its Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, some of the most creative engineering minds I've ever had the pleasure to work with, ride system inventions keep the work fresh. Creative problem solving.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of travel and relocation


  10. Helpful (6)

    ""We used to make the Magic""

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Glendale, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very creative campus with some exciting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Devastating layoffs can take place when large projects come to a close. Too many layers of management and bureaucracy cause obstruction between creative thinkers and creative artists. Financial objectives now have extremely high priority over the creative and artistic process. Before corporate changeover, Imagineering was an outstanding place to work.

    Advice to Management

    You can't deliver the same for less.