Finance Intern (Media) at The Walt Disney Company

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Hammersmith Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Accountancy Banking/Finance

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8.0/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

Role:

Supporting the UK & Ireland central finance team on all lines of business (Programme licencing, Disney Channels, Ad Sales)

Responsibilities:

· Support the Finance Team throughout the forecast, budget and close processes

· Run and prepare regular financial reports

· Perform ad hoc analysis/projects as required by Senior Management

· Assist in building quarterly forecast and close presentations for Senior Management

· Operating licensing software (IBMS) for the Disney Channel programming team

· Posting Journal entries and reconciliations

· Regular meetings with stakeholders to discuss actual vs forecast revenue/costs

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

I had a fantastic year at Disney. It not only a great experience but a throughly enjoyable one, which meant that I was excited to come into work every morning. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a placement.

9/10

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

I felt like a valued member of the team, and was given huge responsibility throughout the year. It's a myth that at big companies you get less responsibility, it's actually on you to go out there and ask for more if you want it.

10/10

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

I worked in a small team consisting of a Director, Manager, 2 Analysts and myself as the intern. This meant that i engaged with my seniors on a daily basis and often worked with them on the tasks at hand. The support received was great, as they taught me what I needed to learn but also allowed me to develop myself.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At first when I had little knowledge of the role and was less confident I was less busy which was natural. Towards the end of the year I was very busy as I would often ask for more responsibility to get as much out of the year as possible. A very good balance in my experience.

8/10

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

I had the opportunity to work with senior managers and key stakeholders across the business, often leading meetings and answering queries and concerns when appropriate. The level of responsibility was a lot greater than I had expected, but i was grateful for it.

8/10

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

As I look forward to life beyond University, I can't picture a circumstance where this placement hasn't helped me. I'm much more confident in my own abilities, and I feel like I will be able to draw on my experiences when going to interviews for graduate positions.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office environment was vibrant, energetic and fun. This comes down to the hiring policy of the teams I got to work with. A lot of people have the grades etc, so it was about personality at the interview stage, which makes the working environment fun as everyone has bubbly personalities etc.

9/10

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

My team had been operating in the same structure for a good few years now, so it felt like a natural transition when I first started and the old intern left, as well as when i was leaving and the new guy was coming in. They realise the stage of learning you are at and will accommodate for how long it may take for you to pick up the new responsibilities given to you.

8/10

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

I was given various opportunities such as workshops to improve my employability etc. However, as they recruit interns on a yearly cycle, and there is no graduate scheme set in place, there will be other companies that will invest in you more.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Travel loan
5/10

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

There is no graduate scheme, so a job isn't a given. However, given how much exposure you have to other teams in the building, many have said that if I was looking for a position in the future I should get in touch. Therefore I am now looking forward to becoming a qualified accountant, and may look back to Disney in the future.

7/10

Social

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

Having nearly 200 interns all at the age of 20-22, meant that the social scene was similar to that of University. We would often go out for drinks etc, which meant it was a great place to meet new people, as well as a great place to network with the permanent staff working at Disney.

9/10

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

Possibly the only downside of working at Walt Disney was that the office is based in Hammersmith, London. Although the area is really nice and easy to commute to, working in London comes with a much higher cost of living from rent prices down to the cost of a pint. On the other side as you earn a reasonable salary, the costs are more affordable due to the fact you have a decent income.

5/10

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

Hammersmith has a many pubs and a few bars which makes for a very enjoyable nightlife. Also, as the office is based right next to the local tube station, it makes a journey somewhere else in London very accessible. This meant we often went into Soho etc. on a short tube ride.

8/10

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

On the company hub there are hundreds of different activities to get involved in, from sports clubs down to volunteering. There will also be opportunities to get involved in random one off events such as Star Wars celebration day. Whether you're a fan or not these are great experiences that are highly recommended.

8/10

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