My Grandfather worked at Disney World and eventually worked his way into management over the construction side of things, yet with every deadline his supervisors would essentially tell him if the job wasn't done on time he would be fired. Eventually, he left because of that and because of the restrictive hours they had over him. He has said many positive things about working there and I think that he loved what he did. Keep in mind this was in the late 60s/ early 70s so a lot has changed between then and now.
Former Development and Coordination Lead at The Walt Disney Company
about 1 year ago
Disney was a great place to work before the pandemic. Like many big companies, it is easy to get lost in the crowd if you are a front-line worker and you definitely have to work hard. I would recommend getting to know your leaders as well as possible, r-assessing how you feel about working there after a few months (like on an internship with them) before extending. Interns are definitely the most easily used and abused employees, but they also have the most fun because of all the activities planned for them and friends they make. I'm sure internships and hiring with Disney will change after this pandemic but I worked off and on for Disney for 5 years so let me know if you'd like to know more!
Sadly, I have to say no. I worked for the company back in 2013 for ten months and have had more negative than positive experiences there. Many people that I worked with, managers and co-workers, were very unfriendly and uncommunicative. There was a lot of miscommunication and confusion at times. Some leaders had the attitude that you should already know what you are doing, I had to learn on my own several times. I worked with a range of personalities, and only a handful of people were kind and supportive. I felt outnumbered by harsh employees, so I quit. If you are a very thick-skinned person who is very independent and not afraid of confrontation, you may find it just fine. But I did not. I also know people who have worked with corrupt managers at Disney. Disney is a fun place, but many of the employees are dreadful to work with.
Former Disney College Program Participant at Walt Disney Company
over 3 years ago
I adore Disney, it's always been a part of my life. Whether it's vacationing at the parks or watching the movies at the theater or at home. I started working for the Walt Disney Company when I got hired at Radio Disney here in Portland. If it wasn't for my coworkers at Radio Disney, I wouldn't have been aware of the Disney College Program. I began to look into testimonials and meet more people who have completed the program. I never once received negative feedback. I wanted to be apart of the experience! It's a highly competitive program but I was up for the challenge. It took me three years to finally get accepted. What really motivated me was the stories of past experiences at Disney. I wanted to be apart of the Disney lifestyle and create magic for the guests that were vacationing. Since it took me three years to get accepted, I never hesitated to accept my offer!