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Disney English Reviews

Updated 18 Feb 2020

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2.9
47%
Recommend to a Friend
57%
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Disney English Chief Executive Officer Bob Igor
Bob Igor
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "Visa Process - Getting the paperwork to go to China is a nightmare, Disney English provide a lot of help with this process(in 28 reviews)

  • "Company benefits, discounts into the parks, experience new culture, good health insurance(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are other companies in China that will pay much more although they won't have as good of benefits as D(in 36 reviews)

  • "Disney English is not for everybody(in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    "you want to work with Disney English? YIKES."

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time

    Pros

    - support with Visa process - free entry to Disneyland parks (aside from Japan) - awesome health insurance - invaluable experience of living in a different country

    Cons

    - if you're not immediately 10/10 perfect with the "Disney Way" of teaching, don't expect support in getting better - unless you do some major ass-kissing - honestly, the management is incredibly unprofessional : if the company was in the States, the stories I have would leave them with several lawsuits on their hands - speaking of unprofessional, the constant miscommunications are astounding - if you're trying to leave the company, they can make the process very difficult - creativity? not really a thing. you're a robot following a super strict teaching regime

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    Disney English2017-12-08
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Think carefully before taking this job"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Health insurance -this is definitely the best perk that disney offers! Free flight. Disney park perks - free pass into all Disney parks other than Japan. Help with the visa process.

    Cons

    I have so many things to say that I'm not quite sure where to start: 1. If you want to be a teacher DO NOT take this job I can't stress this enough. You are not a teacher at DE you are a robot and at times even a clown. All your lessons are pre planned you have no input, you have to sing songs in front of the parents and basically make a fool of yourself on a daily basis. You may not be a teacher but you are a salesperson. You could be the best teacher in the world but if you don't sell classes you will be classed as doing poorly at your job. You will be told that selling is more important than the children which can be a hard thing to hear if you have any interest in teaching children. They will put children into the wrong level classes just to make money. 2. The managers are extremely unprofessional. 3. The hours you work are extremely unsociable. You will work from 1-9, 3 days a week and then on the weekends you will work something similar to an 8-8 and 8-5. 4. Last but not least if you do decide to leave the company be prepared to be made to feel like the worst person in the world. They may try and withhold your release documents to make it even harder for you to leave as without these documents you can not get another job in China. If you're wanting to take a job with DE please fully consider the pros and cons before making the move.

    Disney English2017-08-20
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Foreign Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. The children are adorable.

    Cons

    The management needs improving. Horrible communication between different levels of employees.

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    Disney English2017-05-22
  4. "Making the Magic"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney English full-time

    Pros

    Company benefits, discounts into the parks, experience new culture, good health insurance

    Cons

    Slow professional advancement, little vacation time, low salary compared to other English centers

    Disney English2020-02-19
  5. "Safe and Reliable TEFL Experience"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    With Disney, you're a lot less likely to arrive in China to find a closed school or a scam. They lay the curricula out nicely for you, so you don't have to fire too many neurons.

    Cons

    You don't know at which school you will work at until you arrive for training.

    Disney English2019-12-14
  6. "It is what you make it"

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    Current Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Nanjing, Jiangsu
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dependable, Consistent Company. The onboarding is painless and they really do all the work to obtain a Visa for you. If you want a way to work in China...this is the easiest way.

    Cons

    The money isn't that much. You really really have to buy in to the Disney culture because their biggest "benefit" is free access to the parks...which is cool if you work in Shanghai. If not, then its kinda useless.

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    Disney English2019-11-27
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great for young people looking to explore"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You do make a lot of money by China standards.

    Cons

    Experience differs greatly from center and high turnover. Local staff are treated very poorly

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    Disney English2019-12-05
  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Learning Partner in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly coworkers, multicultural management

    Cons

    Low requirements, no work/life balance

    Disney English2019-11-19
  9. "Great opportunity for a fresh start and career development"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney English full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed atmosphere Fun classes Career development Travel opportunities Comprehensive benefits

    Cons

    Some might not like the hours

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    Disney English2019-11-12
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Ok Company"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Trainer 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney English full-time

    Pros

    -Pay rate -Free Admission to all disney parks around the world -Lots of holidays off

    Cons

    -Management could suck -ignorance/racism from parents

    Disney English2019-09-23

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