In a recent survey conducted by CareerBliss.com of the best U.S. companies to work for, Disney ranked a dismal 41st place. Below are the top ten places to work in the United States, based on the criteria of growth opportunities, compensation and work-life balance:
3. ABN AMRO
4. DTE Energy
5. U.S. Air Force
7. Army National Guard
8. U.S. Marines
9. U.S. Navy
10. LSI Logic
The U.S. Army ranked 11th, followed by notable companies Johnson & Johnson (16), General Electric (30), Microsoft (39) and Disney (41).
Disney as Workplace: Magical on the Outside and Miserable on the Inside
Collectively, all four major branches of the U.S. military ranked above Disney. That translates into people more willing and content to place themselves in harms way than to work with a famous Mouse, Enchanted Forest or Magic Kingdom. That is simply astonishing.
Many workers at Disney theme parks have referred to working conditions as brutal and view many leaders and management as driven exclusively by revenue and profits, rather than the well-being and care of employees. Some cast members call Disney places of employment, “Mousewitz”, a deplorable reference to World War II Nazi Internment Camps in Germany.
Earlier this year, Disney Paris theme park witnessed three worker suicides, reflecting extremes of unhappiness at work. In California, two Disneyland employees had confrontations that played out in the media as they protested the removal of their religious head scarves as directed by Disney management.
Disney employs over 100,000 people across the world and makes a living by projecting its theme parks and films as sources of happiness, excitement, adventure and imagination.
Is this an example of a double-standard and/or hypocrisy?
Is Mickey Mouse really a rat in disguise? You be the judge.