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Disney English Reviews

Updated 15 Jul 2019

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2.7
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Disney English CEO Bob Igor
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61 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)

  • "Benefits (health insurance, pension)(in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Holidays - Only 10 days a year off plus national holidays which is the same as other companies in China(in 34 reviews)

  • "If you get crappy management your entire experience with Disney English is down the tubes(in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (16)

    "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...

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    Advice to Management

    it's important to remember that Disney English is not the same as The Walt Disney Company. in fact, it's nowhere near. I remember reading similar negative reviews and pointing them out to my interviewer back when I was considering the role. my interviewer told me: "things have changed since then, and we're growing stronger and better every day. but there will always be people who don't stick for the long haul, and find...

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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....

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your friends who are unqualified for the position. Try hiring someone who is not only qualified but also going to do a good job.

    Disney English2017-05-22
  4. "Good Intro to China"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hold your hand through China's often hectic visa process and guide you every step of the way. A built-in community of like-minded people are there to enjoy the experience with. Disney's benefits are great. The insurance is top notch by China standards and you get to visit the Disney parks for free. Also, they put you in a hotel for three weeks which is much longer than most other companies. Plenty of opportunities...

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    Cons

    You're kind of more of a clown/ entertainer than a teacher. Serious educators will get turned off quick. But if you don't take it too serious you'll be fine. Commercialized education will always have conflict between the academic side and the sales side which can be annoying. The weekends are LONG and draining. A lot of the management is inexperienced and incompetent. There are other companies in China that will...

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    Advice to Management

    Sales and education are never a good combo. Be mindful of that.

    Disney English2019-07-16
  5. "You get out what you put in"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Trainer in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you're a positive person, there are endless opportunities for growth, personally or professionally. Everyone is in the same boat, they all moved to a new country and started a teaching job. The vast majority of people rise to the challenge and have a wonderful time here, it's a lot more common for people to stick around than the '1 and done' attitude at other TEFL companies.

    Cons

    Like everywhere, the people who complain the most usually look everywhere but themselves to place blame. Moving to China is difficult, the company will help you but management are not your parents who are going to hold your hand while you cross the street. I heard people complain because their manager didn't offer to talk to their landlord for them when they weren't satisfied with their TV. Grow up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the words of the entitled few impact the way you manage the others.

    Disney English2019-07-14
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Blatant Racism"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Disney Parks Health insurance Visa process sorted

    Cons

    This is the most disgusting, racist company I have ever worked for. If you are not American or White your kids will transfer to other teachers classes and Disney will support the racist parents ideals. My advice is just don't do it if you're not American.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, it's 2019. Racism should not be allowed anymore.

    Disney English2019-07-10
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Beware of what you are signing up for"

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      Former Employee - Foreign Trainer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      The kids are the sweetest and most enriching part of the job, and getting to teach them is an honor.

      Cons

      The management is incompetent and gossips about employees behind their back. Coworkers gossip about each other constantly. There are days we had no classes but were asked to show up to work for 8 hours to literally do nothing. It is a completely dysfunctional work environment, and once you do start teaching classes the regional manager will come in and rip papers off your board if you didn't correct your student for putting...

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      Disney English2019-06-13
    • Helpful (8)

      "Know what you're getting into..."

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      Former Employee - Foreign Trainer in Guangzhou, Guangdong
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      I read all of the Glassdoor reviews before applying, and still wanted to try it out. There were, unavoidably, many negative things with this company, but there were a few really great things about living in China with Disney English. --The students!! They work hard and are really cute. --The coworkers and people in your community who become life-long friends. --The visa process, although stressful and tedious,...

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      Cons

      For every pro, there is a reflected con to match. --The students are phenomenal, and the reason I got out of bed each morning, but the PARENTS... the parents can be a nightmare, as the "Course Consultants" (CC) often lie about what's entailed in the class package. I've had CCs tell parents that their child would be completely FLUENT within the first year, so they'd complain and not want to renew because what they were...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees and show them courtesy and respect. Learn to communicate effectively and efficiently. Hire and train professional, qualified managers, not just British white boys who stuck it out for two years in DE. Give more career opportunities to those who actually deserve it, and remove those who don't do the job at all. Create a plan of security and legality for your cast members, in the event of...

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      Disney English2019-04-12
    • "The magical world of Disney English"

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      Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      The money, healthcare, free Disney tickets, benefits of traveling to other countries. I'm enjoying my time that I have.

      Cons

      Sometimes I think management needs to be retrained or just changed altogether but that's my opinion. It is how you make it. Try to stay positive when working at any ESL jobs abroad. Just always have a friend that you can trust to talk to. Not everyone here is you're friend (but that's with any job). Its only a year, you can do it!

      Advice to Management

      Do more management trainings please!

      Disney English2019-04-27
    • Helpful (4)

      "Fun environment"

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      Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend

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

      Pros

      Great co-workers Fun classes and children Great opportunity for travel

      Cons

      some centers were too micro-managed work schedule is not ideal. you either have a tuesday-wednesday off or wednesday thursday off. Weekend hours were almost 12 hours long.

      Disney English2019-03-18
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