What does it take to get a job with Disney Interactive Studios? What is it like working at Disney Interactive Studios? ACR takes a look:
About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios was established in 1998 as Walt Disney Computer Software. The company became Disney Interactive in 1995, then Buena Vista Games, Inc. in 2003, and finally Disney Interactive Studios in 2007. Disney Interactive Studios self-publishes and licenses video games for “multiple platforms in all major markets worldwide.” The company has been successful with personal computer and handheld video game platforms as well as video game consoles.
Disney Interactive Studios produces so many games, it would be tough to list them all here. Just a few popular Disney games include Chicken Little, Cars, Bolt, Alice in Wonderland, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, American Dragon: Jake Long – Attack of the Dark Dragon, G-Force, Power Rangers Super Legends, Iron Man, and Toy Story Mania.
Disney Interactive Studios is home to 700 employees working in “centers for creative excellence” from Salt Lake City, Utah to Shanghai. The company headquarters are located in Burbank, California. Other U.S. offices include Austin, Texas and Chicago, IL. Overseas offices are located in London, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Tokyo, Hong Kong, East Sussex (UK), and Pudong Shanghai. The company also has an office in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Disney Interactive Studios is the entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Interactive Studios Jobs
Disney Interactive Studios, like many gaming companies, welcomes fresh talent.
As of September 2011, Disney had dozens of job openings for gaming professionals. Just a few open positions included:
- Game Designer
- Lead Game Designer
- Art Director (Online Games)
- Senior Software Engineer
- Associate Product Manager
- Development Lead
- Mobile Games Engineer
- Technical Artist
- UI Designer
To apply for open positions, visit the Disney Interactive Studios website at disney.go.com and click “Jobs” at the top of the page. You can search jobs by category, location, and job groups. When you find a position you’re interested in, review the responsibilities and qualifications carefully. If you feel you’re a good match, click “Apply,” create a user name and password, then upload your resume for consideration.
Disney Interactive Studios Salaries and Benefits
Salaries for Disney Interactive Studios employees vary depending on job responsibilities, skills, and education, but they are competitive within the industry. Disney Interactive Studios does not list salaries on its website. However, sites such as Glassdoor.com offer salary information, as reported by employees. The following salaries were reported anonymously by Disney Interactive Studios employees:
- 3D Artist: $40,000-$50,000
- Senior Programmer: $73,000-$120,000
- Producer: $57,000-$89,000
- Lead Artist: $92,000-$101,000
- Senior Artist: $84,000-$91,000
- Director, Technology: $135,000-$144,000
In addition to competitive salaries, Disney Interactive Studios offers a number of employee benefits. Employees receive weekly pay, holiday pay, vacation, sick leave, and floating holidays, 401K and pension, medical, dental, and vision coverage, employee life insurance, group auto and home insurance, and an employee stock purchase program.
Disney Interactive Studios offers dozen of other benefits. For a complete list of employee benefits, visit disney.go.com.