Survey ranks working for U.S. Army higher than Disney

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Most everyone has visited Disneyland or Disney World at least once in their life. To a child, it’s a magical place, full of vibrant colors, happy and friendly characters and beautiful places to see. Ask a cast member (employee) of Disney, however, and you’re likely to get a drastically different response.

In a recent survey conducted by 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:
1. Google
2. 3M
4. DTE Energy
5. U.S. Air Force
6. QualComm
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.

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