Business Planning and Operations at The Walt Disney Company

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Accountancy Business Analytics Financial Management Logistics and Operations

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8.9/10

The Role
9.7
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

7.2

The Role

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

My placement year at Disney was so much more than I had expected. I was very fortunate to be offered a role in the Consumer Products Finance team, where I was given numerous opportunities and responsibilities. I learnt so much more than I ever thought possible in just 12 months, and I know it will be hugely beneficial in my final year at university and future career.

10/10

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

Throughout my year at Disney I never once felt like I was "just an intern". The managers and director in my team (and in other departments) valued my input and were always grateful for any work I had done for them. Whenever I was in meetings they would always ask about my workload and whether I was being given too many responsibilities, extending deadlines on work to help me get everything done.

10/10

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

My team were always happy to help with any questions that I had, taking the time to sit down and explain what/why I was doing the task I was given. They always made sure to give me as many different tasks as possible, and I learnt a huge amount throughout the year, not just in terms of my role but also learning how the other functions of the business operate as well.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

In the first couple of months while I was still getting a handle on my role I was not hugely busy, but this was really helpful in terms of giving me time to practise on the new systems and get my head around some of my key responsibilities. During key periods (e.g. Budget, Strat Plan, Forecast) I was definitely at my busiest, but my team never once asked me to stay late, and always made sure that I was not working overtime.

8/10

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

I was given many big responsibilities which, prior to starting my placement, I wouldn't have expected interns to have been given the opportunity to take on. I was involved in several meetings, including meeting and conference calls with external licensees, and was always given credit for any work that I had done personally.

10/10

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

I have learnt untold amounts over the past year, not just about the Finance role within the Walt Disney Company, but I have also gained a lot more knowledge in terms of general accounting. Also, my Microsoft Excel skills (as well as my knowledge of other IT systems) have improved considerably. When I first started I thought that I had been fairly well trained on Excel, but a year later I now know that was not the case, as I have learnt so much since which I know will be a great help in any future Finance career.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

One of the most important parts of my placement that contributed to making it an amazing experience, was the social atmosphere within the office. Interns were never treated as "just interns", and managers, directors and VPs of all ages would all strike up conversation and ask you how you were doing. Birthdays and Christmas were always celebrated, and there was always a happy and friendly morale in the office.

10/10

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

The placement was well organised, and we were given two weeks of handover from the prior intern to ensure that we had enough training on the systems and responsibilities before we were thrown into the deep end and left on our own.

10/10

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

There were several opportunities throughout the year to further my knowledge, whether it be internal or external speakers giving talks on the wider world of Finance and the Entertainment industry as a whole. I was also given the opportunity to go through a Mock interview process with an external recruiter which was a hugely beneficial process as it meant that my CV was up to date, and I improved my answers for both Finance and Competency based interview questions.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan
8/10

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

I would love to return to Disney after graduation if there is a suitable role available for me to apply for. Unfortunately there are no specific graduate jobs/schemes so it is simply the luck of whether there is a vacancy at the time of graduation.

9/10

Social

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

With over 150 other interns (all placement interns 20-22yrs) there was a great social scene, and we spent a lot of time together in London over the year. A group of us even travelled to Paris and went to Disneyland for a weekend, thanks to the complimentary tickets that our managers gave us!

8/10

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

I was lucky enough to be living at home, so did not have to pay any rent for the year. Socialising was always an expensive affair, but that was to be expected in London.

5/10

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

Being in London there were many opportunities to experience the nightlife, and there were several pubs and bars around the office which we would often go to on a Friday evening to celebrate the end of another week, not just interns but also managers/directors too.

9/10

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

There were several opportunities to get involved in activities outside of the office, whether it be sports (e.g. Football/Triathlon/Tough Mudder) or volunteering at events.

7/10

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