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Walt Disney Imagineering Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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  • Lack of transparency: WDI R&D clearly had no intention of converting interns to full-time hires during 2016 (in 9 reviews)

  • Expected long hours w/out overtime (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Applied Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment and atmosphere. People are fun to work with

    Cons

    Not many cons I can think of


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dream job leaves bad taste in mouth"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits if your a Project Hire. Amazing to work with brilliant and creative people on cool projects.

    Cons

    Bad behavior goes unchecked by management and the politics is just as bad.

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship is important, don't treat contractors like 3rd class citizens, management needs to stop protecting abusive employees.

  3. "Not Quite Magic Behind the Scenes"

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    Current Employee - R&D Imagineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Imagineer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good variety of projects, innovative culture. There are some genuinely brilliant minds and creative wizardry but it comes at heavy cost.

    Cons

    Limited project resources on site - much of the time is wasted dealing with outside vendors and legal wrangling rather than focusing on doing actual work in house.

    Such a large corporate machine makes it impossible to be nimble and dynamic, reacting fast to situations doesn't happen. It can take two months to get a 30day trial software approved for testing, in which time circumstances have likely changed.

    No overtime pay or catered meals when working late. Zero IT or system engineering support. Burnout everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the entire senior management strategy, show your employees they are valued and help them reach their potential.


  4. "very stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    some great people, great benefits

    Cons

    politics suck, the other departments don't like Imagineering, the executives don't like Imagineering. i'm not talking about Bruce Vaughn who is listed below. things were better when he was in charge

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder and more supportive to your people


  5. "Challenging but rewarding. Unique projects with high expectations that will utilize your full range of talents."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class projects that are still the pinnacle in its class. Due to an extensive menu of new projects there is currently a lot of work to be completed.

    Cons

    Shakeup in leadership and recent appointment of new lackluster leaders is causing complications within the studios. There is a great divide between old leaders and newly appointed leaders with lack of experience that have not been properly mentored.


  6. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    Fun and creative work environment

    Cons

    Difficult to grow within the company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    You can build your childhood

    Cons

    If you do not like travel or adventure, you need not apply.

  8. "Love Being an Imagineer!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful job satisfaction and incredible projects!

    Cons

    Employment based on project work, which can be unexpected.


  9. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walt Disney Imagineering full-time

    Pros

    -I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in their fields
    -great benefits
    -access to all Disney IP
    -amazing work environment

    Cons

    -pay was decent, not out of this world but average
    -not that much growth for advancement


  10. "Collaborative, Immersive-Design focused studio"

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    Current Employee - Interior Design
    Current Employee - Interior Design
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of knowledge from years of theme park and themed resorts experience still employed here, however, not many senior-level designers take the time or spend their energy to mentor the younger, less-experienced staff. A great variety of projects including smaller fit-outs or renovations to large-scale new construction of theme park attractions, theaters, retail shops, restaurants and entertainment spaces.

    Cons

    The management has gone through a re-organization recently and there seems to be uncertainty for the company's plan going forward. Mixed messages of communication from different areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Identify who your key players are and keep them! Efficient, productive, reliabie, accountable, collaborative, and passionate are all qualities that need appreciated. These need to be desired by management, and not just experience-level with the company.


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