Studios Finance Intern at The Walt Disney Company

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The Role
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The Culture

Role Description

Assisting the Finance manager through Budget, Close and Forecast periods.

The Role

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

I have enjoyed my placement, great company to work for. Plenty of opportunity in terms of work to do, Disney events and volunteering. Also, I was allowed to work with other departments when I wasn't so busy, which was great.
5 /5

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

I felt fairly valued by my colleagues, could have done with some more recognition though. Felt like mistakes were highlighted, but when work was done well/above expectations, it wasn't really mentioned.
3 /5

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

Manager was always available whenever I had a question.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This depended on the time of year it was, during Budget/Close/Forecast times it was a lot busier, but there would be some weeks where there wouldn't be much to do. This was expected, though.
4 /5

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

I was given the perfect amount of responsibility on my placement, which had increased as time went on and I became better at the job. Was trusted with very important reports and dealing with stakeholders without supervision. However, I never felt overwhelmed, which is key.
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 think the skills I've learnt will help me significantly throughout my final year at university and future career; attention to detail, diligence and communication skills to mention a few.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Fairly relaxed, everyone was really friendly and willing to chat. There was a good balance of chat/work though, so you never felt distracted by what was going on around you (and I sat next to the printer for the whole year!). Filled with plush/fun, as you would assume Disney would be like!
4 /5

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

The placement organisation was great, everything was seamlessly handled by the HR team.
5 /5

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

Not much direct training for interns specifically, but there were plenty of online modules and training schemes you could take advantage of if you wanted to.
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Travel loan
3 /5

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

Not great, the company doesn't offer grad schemes unfortunately, With that being said, I have met a lot of ex-intern full-time workers who have come back after their final years of university. All depends on what comes up at the time and your teams requirements.
1 /5

The Culture

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

Great social scene among placement students, there were nearly 200 of us!
4 /5

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

Steep, as you imagine London would be (I paid £700+ per month for my room in a house-share)...Socialising was also expensive.
1 /5

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

Few pubs/bars in Hammersmith, but Central London was only a half hour away where the nightlife was a lot better.
3 /5

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

There were a few opportunities to volunteer, and a few of us interns organised 5-a-side football in a local league, that was about it as far as I was aware.
3 /5