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Disney English Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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2.8
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Disney English CEO Bob Igor
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65 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 (1)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney English full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic Training offered by the Co. like Management Edge Training from Harvard University Institute and 7 habits of highly effective people by Steven Covey.

    Cons

    There are not really downsides. It is a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have their days off to remain fresh for the regular busy week. Try to refrain from calling managers consistently on their days off.

    Disney English2018-02-20
  2. "great internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney English

    Pros

    Colleagues are very nice, and the manager is very nice.

    Cons

    Lunch time is very limited, and there is not much time for co-workers to communicate.

    Disney English2019-08-22
  3. "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
  4. "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
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (9)

    "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
  7. "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
  8. 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
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice but...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Disney English

    Pros

    Friendly staff and on the whole a very nice and supportive atmosphere to work in. Everybody, from management right down to the 'front of house' staff are welcoming and supportive. I have no hesitancy in recommending this company.

    Cons

    Two meetings each week (One academic, the other affairs concerning stuff like the latest Chinese regulations) is a boring overkill especially as most of the content could be summarised in an email. The pay is decent but you can get more elsewhere. Being observed so often means a regimented class which in turn means that you can never settle into a preferred teaching style. Shows performed for the parents centred...

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    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of meetings - I'd advise two meetings every two weeks. Reduce observations - it is an uncomfortable for both the foreign trainer, local partner and learners. Reduce the number of shows - it can be disruptive.

    Disney English2019-02-27
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Disney Parks access Great medical insurance

    Cons

    Long hours Low pay

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your staff!

    Disney English2019-02-24
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