Disney is very good at attracting talent to execute. Not so got at mentoring or training effective leaders to make the most of that talent.
Support from management
Management is just struggling to get by, it is hard for them to provide support when they have so little understanding of what managers ought to be doing in the first place.
Disney spends a great deal of time trying to instill the idea of team work, but they simply lack the leadership skills to pull it off.
Freedom to work independently
Disney scores high on this one.
The reasons for decisions from on high are seldom communicated in a manner that inspires trust or confidence in the leadership.
A core value
Attitude towards older colleagues
Disney seems to respect older colleagues far more than most companies in the IT industry.
Disney does a very poor job at this simply because a critical aspect of career development is leadership and when the management is not adept at leadership they are incapable of being effective at career development.
Overall compensation for your work
The salary is pretty good.
Office / Work Environment
This is one area where they are penny wise but pound foolish. Interruptions are far too common. They bought the schtick about open plan work spaces like a lot of other companies with management who could benefit from reading a book or two on the subject did.
The are average in this department. Nothing impressive.
They still value work life balance.
Once upon a time Disney's company mission was to be the most respected company on earth. Now their mission is about making a lot of profit. Fortunately for them they have built up quite an image in the public mind so they have plenty of savings to draw from.
Your job is secure until they change direction and then they are liable to surprise an entire division with infinite time off with no warning.
The comply with federal law.
Disney does value work place safety.
Inclusive / Diverse
Inclusiveness and diversity are valued highly.
Suggestions for improvement
- The leadership at the highest levels ought to read a few modern books on managing software teams. This will give them the fundamental skills to do what the people 6 tiers below them ought to know how to do. And it will help them avoid making penny wise but pound foolish decisions that render them a second rate IT force.
What I like about the company
If getting a paycheck for keeping your head down is your goal Disney is a great place to do that.
What I dislike about the company
Disney really has a hard time understanding why the engineers on it's staff are not performing at their optimum. Again this comes back to the incapacity of the highest levels of IT management to know how to actually lead a software development organization.