Rated one of the best places to work and doesn't disappointt!! Learning so much while on placement as well as enjoying the perks like seeing films early and many other disney perks.
The small team sizes make each intern feel like a real memeber of the team! In my placement year, one of our team members moved teams leaving me to take on more challenging and higher importance roles.
The negatives of having small teams in such a big business is that many member are way too busy to help as much as you need them too. however my manager always found time to help me when I needed it most.
VERY. as mentioned above, we lost a memeber of my team so the workload was much higher than normal. The role I was in did not feel like an intern role as I was trusted with much work.
I was given and treated like a full time analyist! (Sadly not paid the same) The Analysis in our team left and i had to pick up some of the tasks.
The softskills I learned and developed are invaluable. You never get taught how to work in a day to day life untill you actually do it! the training on the systems was very helpful however each business uses different systems so it will become almost pointless unless I work the same role. Sadly it was unrelated to my Mathematics course.
With Disney products covering the wall and a with everyone being so friendly the atmosphere is amazing. Being able to decorate your desk to really make you feel at home. Not to forget the photo opportunities when famous characters came into the office to take pictures with and celebrate with.
With something like 200 intern starting every year in the Hammersmith office the placement start had to be set up well. There was many induction talks and even an introduction to disney day where they got people for all over the business to talk about the work they do. the only negative is that the access to the systems had to be applied for when you are actually working. so access took up to a month before we recieved it.
In terms of the business, they do very little for the interns. They hold training sessions and talks for the whole business but for the interns enrichment there is very little. Many memebers of staff do put alot of time into interns making sure they get the best out of the year and teach them as they would a new full time memeber of staff.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
No talk of any graduate scheme. The chance of getting a future job purely dependant on if there is a job opportunity/ gap in the team. However every memeber of my team and teams around me were all interns at some point so there is hope of a future role in Disney.
The dream social scene! The amount of interns in the business really helps the social life. Being in the West side of London means that trips to the centre of London take 15 mins! This means if you want to do anything you probably can! In my time in london I have seen multiple plays, escape rooms, bowling every other week, junkyard golf and enough meals to feed a small country!
Be prepared to not save any money... the wage is enough to live and socialise just about. leaving in the west side of London means that well over half of your wage goes straight to rent. Living in one of the best cities in the world does come at a cost. me and fellow interns took this year as an experience and didn't plan on saving any money so we could go and do fun things. for example me and 4 other interns went to Paris to see the city and visit Disneyland!
Again, don't expect to go out much as it is very very very expensive. unless you have discovered the art of getting free drinks (Which i havent) you are in for a nasty suprise. the nightlife in London is amazing but with the pricetag it comes with you can only expect to go out properly a few times in the year.
From Singing to football and yoga to cricket we have many activities out of work. all are self funded however. Disney has a very strong Volunteering team. we participate in charity events and do stuff like painting homes and cleaning the rivers to help the surrounding areas . More than enough things to keep you active and busy.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
26th June 2017