It Intern at The Walt Disney Company

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Hammersmith
Review Date

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4.1/5

The Role
4.4
The Company
4.5
The Culture
3.1

Role Description

Maintaining relations with key vendors and also processing invoices and Purchase orders for the vendors. While work with the support teams to manage the stores.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Alot of my role was working for The Disney Store. My role was to help the Store Systems team and the Store Support team with being the first line support for stores. The time I spent at Disney was very enjoyable. Disney is a fantastic company to work for the people are fantastic as they are very knowledgeable and relaxed. When times get tough the company pulls together to get the end result.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

There is a stigma attached to the word "intern" you can't get rid of it and sometimes it requires higher ups to chase people if you send an email and get no reply. I've worked on many high up projects to improve company profitability at that point the stigma fell away.
4 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager only wanted the best for me. Due to how i learn and take in information my manager adapted his style to better suit me and it gave me more time to understand the requirements and get the job completed.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Very! There's a lot to do in my role and it changes. there is a lot of common tasks which I was focusing on and was important that I completed. what I was asked to do. there are times when you need to focus on the task at hand and being at Disney that can be a little tough due to the amount of stuff that happens in the company something is always happening
4 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was put on many projects while on placement. useful in what they taught. From time management and some of my PC related skills. The projects I worked on have gone into live productions stores all across EMEA so I know I had an impact on the company if I go to a store in the future which is a fantastic feeling.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I've learnt more from observing people and who they complete there tasks then what i did from projects. the companies portal for learning is fantastic and will really help you moving forward when you attempt to show this to a tutor during the year like i did
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very happy, working at Disney is not a dull thing. walking round the office you will see peoples desk covered in toys from Disney and also props and characters dotted all around the building. its i nice thing to see and makes a difference from the boring clad iron grey of other buildings in Hammersmith. The Ante room which holds the cinema always has props from the latest movies they have come out and also staff screenings!
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Ok, Its been improved this year as i recommended some changed and i feel the current intern (as of writing this) will settle down well and better know what to do if this or that occurs which i didn't think happened when i started. Over time the managers will ask how they can improve on last year and i see big improvements going forward
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

N/A
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan
5 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Depending on how The Disney Store Expands in the next few years its very possible it would be more personal reasons why i wouldn't pick it again. nothing wrong with the company
5 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Its odd, as my area has 3 interns i see on a regular basis and not a lot of contact with them in my day to day role. When i started there was about 50 interns in the Cinema all being introduced. I've never seen these people since and i feel like theres a lot more opportunity to add more interns into the TDS area of the business and also ease the load of the intern especially given the importance of there role.
3 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Expensive! sadly its London and London is not cheap. I mean to house share with some people around London was looking in excess of £700CPM thats insane, i mean the amount you get as an intern would just about cover that let alone any of the other expenses. The new intern replacing me is on a high wage compared to myself but i still feel its a little low for the work that your doing and the area your living in. I understand the its for the experience side but it feels a little to low for the amount of work i put in.
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

N/A
3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Again alot! Sports Days, Yearly Employee meeting in Hammersmith Apollo, and other meetings on the other floors and so on. Disney likes being different as a company and doing stuff outside of the box and they can only be applauded on for doing such a good job.
5 /5