Relaxed environment that values work/life balance
Software Engineer (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 25, 2017
Like any large company, your experience at Disney is highly dependent on which group you work for and especially your manager. Early on in my career here, my manager was burdened with wearing three hats: selling our group's services to other segments of Disney, doing release planning, and being the product owner. Over the past couple years, they've been divvying that role up more, which has helped, but there are still managers that have too much work and too few resources here. In addition, QA is a bit of a problem, since they aren't willing to pay for enough QA engineers and often don't budget enough time for the developers to fully QA a product. They are just getting to cloud deployments and automating the testing of many of the products developed here.
Your benefits will be the typical benefits for a company this size, except that you will have to travel down to California to take advantage of most of the park/merchandise and local discounts. Expect the pay not to be as competitive as other places, that's not their main focus, and expect promotions to happen at a slower pace. The vacation is nice, and the groups I have been with have been very flexible in terms of when you are allowed to take them.
Work life balance is excellent, bagel wednesdays are nice, free movie screenings
QA testing, direct management can be a bit overwhelmed