PARK BANQUETS HOSTESS (Current Employee) – Anaheim, CA – October 18, 2013
I have stayed with the company for fourteen years. The overall company is good to work for, good medical benefits, good pay. The cast member benefits have changed over the years, some have improved and some have been taken away. Each department varies with the type of experience each cast member has. Some departments will help their cast members advance, where it seems that some do not. I stayed with the company while I finished school, since I am done, I am looking for another position, since it feels that I am not able to advance within my current department.
The company as a whole seems to lack the magic it was first inspired by and more money hungry. management needs to be restructured throughout the company - at least in parks & resorts - and there should be better pay. The benefits are great and the cast members are incredible. The company is misleading in regards to career advancement - you are told you can move up but company loyalty seems to not matter since alot of higher positions seem to come from outside whereas current cast members stay stagnant in their current roles which creates frustration and resentment - this needs to change. Also, the pay needs to improve - cast members are the face of Disney and should be treated with more love and respect - cast members are being paid at poverty rates which is not cool.
Sr. Financial Systems Analyst (Current Employee) – Orlando, FL – October 7, 2016
Overall, the company is enjoyable. The company does a lot of good in the community and being part of the brand can be fun. As a general rule, there are fun team building events and quality leadership to help with professional development. There are plenty of opportunities to learn something new if you take initiative.
I wish there was more work-life balance in the company as a whole. Some departments are better than others. Not all departments emphasize or hold as many team events either.
I have heard other companies pay better salaries, but the total benefits package is nice. Good medical, decent retirement plans, and other fringe benefits for a good total package.
Lots of leaning oportunites
Work life balance is not a priority in all departments
Executive Director (Former Employee) – Burbank – October 7, 2016
A great opportunity to enrich and enhance the lives of an under served target audience. Working within the Disney company provided amazing exposure and chances for advancement. As with any large company senior management can be a challenge as they often are listening to financial as opposed to the audience. Resulting in slow release and often behind the curve in core deliverables. All in all a very positive environment with expected shortfalls.
Creative workforce, team environment great benefits.
Senior management often impedes progress due to relational issues.
The Walt Disney Company has many benefits for workers, such as free park entry, and discounts on all merchandise, some food locations, and lodging. For the bibbidi bobbidi boutique, a typical day would consist of coming into work with a positive, happy, smiling attitude and greeting the guests while in the Cinderella themed language. Management was personable, and willing to help when I had questions. The hardest part of the job was having a language barrier between some of the guests and myself. Luckily I speak Spanish, so I was able to help, not only myself while working, but also my coworkers, who called me over often to help with a Spanish speaking family. My favorite part of the job, was finally seeing the little girls face when she finally saw herself as a princess for the first time, and knowing I made a child smile, and to have the little girl really believe that she is a princess in the most magical place on Earth.
Amazing guest interactions, being covered in pixie dust, sweet coworkers, making magic for the guests.
Specifically in the BBB there was very limited room for advancement.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Glendora, CA – June 29, 2016
Yes you read it right, Disney has a children's center in Burbank and Glendale and I had the unfortunate pleasure of working at the Glendale site. These teachers are so prideful and rude, you couldn't do anything without getting snitched on to management that you're not being "Disney show" The needs of the children never come first, it's always look good in front of parents. The management played favorites, even teachers who were cussing other teachers out, nothing happened to them because they were favored. People with bad attitudes got to do whatever they want, like sweep sand all day and not even interact with the kids. I had to watch my back everyday for fear of my job. This place doesn't know a thing about education and professionalism.
I'm sure the rest of the company is fine, but if you're thinking of working at their preschool I would think twice. It was not a great experience at all!
Quick Service Food and Beverage (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – August 28, 2016
For many this can be a place where many dreams come true, and working for this company I did find much friendship and happiness in my time there. Unfortunately I also had some bad experiences. Disney works very much on a seniority basis, the longer you've been there the more benefits and oppurtunities you get with the company. Starting from the bottom however is not much fun. I also noticed that they need to work on their treatment of their employees. It is a very large company so it is possible this isn't everywhere but where I was it was very bad.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – September 14, 2016
Excellent work-Life balance. Excellent Benefits. Management is fair. Everyone at Disney loves the Brand- mutual interests and dedication to the brand. Multi-tasking and ability to work effeciently while insuring guest only see's the Magic a must. Best thing about working for the brand- Almost everyone loves Disney and loves to tell their stories of favorite Disney Moments!
SENIOR ARTIST (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – September 8, 2016
Great people and projects. I learned a lot about film, video games, and writing. I loved working with the Disney properties and expanding my understanding and skill set. Everyone was encouraging and hard-working. The video game industry is rough and the hours are long but the management and co-workers tried hard to make it enjoyable despite the hard deadlines.
Guest Service Agent (Current Employee) – Anaheim, CA – September 18, 2016
Disney is the best at providing various avenues to help me on my career path towards success and moving up. During that whole exciting and memorable journey, the amazing level of networking opportunities within the company and health and life balance offerings to the employees enables employees like me to balance family, life's unexpected events, and health while still enjoying your work.
Merchandise (Former Employee) – World of Disney – August 14, 2016
I have made some of the best memories here and met so many interesting people. The environment is fast-paced at the store I worked (World of Disney). Had a wide range of responsibilities which made it a great learning experience.
Easily able to trade shifts in the Merchandise role, managers and coordinators at my store were very helpful, it felt like a big family. Free admission to parks. Fun events and volunteer opportunities.
Being in the college program, the benefits and compensation are not so great.
Events team Castmember (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – July 5, 2016
Working for Disney was the best job I've had in retail. It is magical as one would say. There is plenty to learn and experience and can be as fun as you make it. I would be there longer if I could make a living off of it but that is retail for you. The perks might be worth it for some if you can use them. Great people as well. Being one of the biggest entertainment corporations in the world there is some prestige for what it is. That said, there should provide the best salary in retail.
Lots of perks within and out of the company. Very fun to be a part of and engage in.
Senior Financial Reporting Analyst (Current Employee) – Glendale, CA – September 14, 2016
People are generally helpful and competent. Disney benefits and discounts are very worthwhile, especially in SoCal/Florida area. Pay and other basic health benefits are a bit below average. Big company means you have to take initiative and drive own career
Guest Experience Manager (Current Employee) – Anaheim, CA – November 23, 2016
Good base for learning and developing in your career as you start out. Able to grow your personal and professional brand by partnering with various different departments on a daily basis. Good medical and educational benefits.
Magical and enjoyable workplace, where you get to make dreams come true
Cast Member (Current Employee) – Schaumburg, IL – April 19, 2016
A typical day of work at the Disney Store is fun, energetic, and impossible not to enjoy. I've learned a lot about guest service in my time with them. The management is great, though there are sometimes a few minor issues, mostly with scheduling. My co-workers are some of the nicest people I've ever met, always able to bring a little more magic and fun into the days of our guests. The hardest part of the job is juggling multiple responsibilities while servicing guests on our busy days. The most enjoyable part of the job is when a parent asks me to find something for a child and seeing the child's face when I found exactly what he or she wanted.
20% discount on merchandise, open and friendly environment
Shuttle Driver (Former Employee) – Hilton Head Island, SC – September 14, 2016
My typical day at work was fairly easy but monotonous. I just drove guests back and forth. I met some interesting people, but had to force small talk with quite a few more. They have great benefits, but I was part time and therefore could not enjoy them. Over all it was a good experience, mainly because of the fellow cast members.
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) – Honolulu, HI – September 30, 2016
Its truly fun place to work . Company has great benefits for their employees. They do care about their team's well being. even though it was one of the busiest place to work but you do enjoy what you do.
Great benefits, free admissions to parks and resorts for employees and their families.
Reservation Specialist II (Former Employee) – Anaheim, CA – July 17, 2016
Management kept me constantly aware of the goals that I needed to achieve. Important to have a balance between sales and service. Coached that there was touch competition within our are and to never get comfortable even if we were at the to of our game.