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Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS), sometimes shortened to Disney Animation, is an American animation studio that creates animated features and short films for The Walt Disney Company. Founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney, it is one of the oldest-running animation studios in the world. It is currently organized as a division of Walt Disney Studios and is headquartered at the Roy E. Disney Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. Since its foundation, the studio has produced 58 feature films, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Frozen II (2019), and hundreds of short films.

A former coordinator mentioned, "Awful management at Walt Disney Animation Studios and little care for keeping employees. Employees are treated as a cog in wheel and feel replaceable at any moment. They attract highly talented people who move on after adequate time spent at the mouse. You will learn a lot, but work harder than you ever have. Benefits and perks are significantly reduced annually. HR is only there to protect executives.


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Former Employee - Artist says

"A dismal Onboarding plan for artist (depending on department). Reactionary management and poor show supervision. Fear based management tactics, employees are afraid to loose their jobs, or get pushed out of their department and not get to go back, or be written up by show leadership and there's little recourse . Most employees have little experience outside Disney and they're afraid to leave or look to see what's available in the industry whether it be software, workflow, tactics and so it's a bit outdated in approach (like most legacy studios)."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Way too much focus on feeding egos and too little on improving the status quo."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Cliquish - G-d help you if you aren't from CalArts. Women and minorities are not promoted. No communication between directors and teams. People hire/promote their unqualified friends while talented people languish in lower positions. Budget cuts (really Disney???) are endemic leading to massive layoffs in a single production. Turnover high, morale low. Bullying has led to many talented people leaving. The most dysfunctional workplace I have encountered to date."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Our department is run by Grump old white MEN. I am represented by one token supervisor who doesn't drive my ideas or issues forward. When I present my worth to the leadership I get pushed aside. Almost like I've been patted on the head"

Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer says

"Non-production departments were often second class and middle management was very political and it was hard to have new ideas or advance in your career."

Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer says

"The artists are the stars here, and if you're not one you're second tier. It's not terrible, but you will probably be jammed in a weird corner of the basement, and you won't get a shout out at wrap parties or anything. This is a company by artists, for artists. The tech management over the last few years is a real problem from the CTO on down. They talk a good game about doing big things and I think they mean well, but they're indecisive, there is a crazy amount of micromanagement, and they play favorites so you better be real good at politics. Quality of engineering is inconsistent. Chances for advancement or promotion are rare. Initiative is mostly not rewarded. There are still some really great engineers here but the quality of the staff is decreasing as many of the really good engineers have gotten fed up and left. It's too bad because this could be a great engineering org, but instead it's very medium tier and slowly getting worse as the talent leaves. If you're a mediocre software engineer, you could do worse. The paycheck is steady. If you're really good though, you can honestly do a lot better (not just a FAANG, you have lots of options), make a lot more money and work in a place that appreciates you."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Extremely political in all sense! Catering to their “soft skills” becomes a full time job, no place for career growth and opportunities (unless you win their popularity contest), lack of accountability and direction, and an overall sense of lack of appreciation to employees"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Be prepared for a top down culture that encourages bullying and enables some seriously sociopathic behavior from show creators and "creatives". The lower on the ladder you are, be prepared to be treated poorly and no one will help you or stop it or report it. Moving out of lower positions is often blocked or made discouragingly difficult."

Cartoonist/Animator says

"Difficult to move up. Very cliquey. Unqualified people seem to get promoted because they are friends with the right people. Qualified people are left in middle management positions to rot. Communications is horrible. Information is limited, you feel kept in the dark about projects that youare working on. There is no loyalty. Employees are just drones. HR is two faced and can't be trusted."

Former Employee - Production Artist says

"Management fosters a culture of fear of losing your job. Very cliquish. Mixed bag of cool people and a-holes. Very corporate."

COORDINATOR (Former Employee) says

"Awful management and little care for keeping employees. Employees are treated as a cog in wheel and feel replaceable at any moment. They attract highly talented people who move on after adequate time spent at the mouse. You will learn a lot, but work harder than you ever have. Benefits and perks are significantly reduced annually. HR is there to protect executives only,"

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