Disney plans hiring freeze, some jobs cut......

Laketravis

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So we've got some folks convinced the cuts won't effect front-line park CMs (or maintenance or guest service). Is that based on some actual knowledge, or just the fact that Disney is so smart they'd never do something that stupid?

Right? Because I can certainly see where Chapik himself clearly stated "Except for the parks and especially front line CM's" /s :)

"As we begin fiscal 2023, I want to communicate with you directly about the cost management efforts Christine McCarthy and I referenced on this week’s earnings call," the memo stated. ""These efforts will help us to both achieve the important goal of reaching profitability for Disney+ in fiscal 2024 and make us a more efficient and nimble company overall. This work is occurring against a backdrop of economic uncertainty that all companies and our industry are contending with."
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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Right? Because I can certainly see where Chapik himself clearly stated "Except for the parks and especially front line CM's" /s :)

"As we begin fiscal 2023, I want to communicate with you directly about the cost management efforts Christine McCarthy and I referenced on this week’s earnings call," the memo stated. ""These efforts will help us to both achieve the important goal of reaching profitability for Disney+ in fiscal 2024 and make us a more efficient and nimble company overall. This work is occurring against a backdrop of economic uncertainty that all companies and our industry are contending with."
Also, the memo apparently went to every division head.
 

EeyoreFan#24

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In my opinion everyone is effected, but depends on the target of the reduction. If the goal is right-sizing the org after years of business(failed products, project hires, r&d moves, etc.) to meet current and forecasted needs, then it should be planned with different goals at different levels. Trimming the fat as some say. I think this was mostly common pre current economic area era. 2020 ish.

If it’s reactionary and based strictly on numbers and someone in finance says we need to cut “x” expenses to meet goals then whatever level they need to meet budget at gets a percent and it’s on from there. Make the salary numbers add up, business needs take a back seat. Front line, managers, execs. dosntmatter below c-suite. it’s a number on a spreadsheet. I read this as the case here.

My industry is not immune to layoffs, just remember these are real people with real needs. It stinks to see people you know walk out with boxes and security escorts.
 

Br0ckford

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Gonna suck for the family from Denver on their once in a lifetime trip to get there and have terrible service due to over worked cast members. Paycheck never really cared about them. 😒
 

Lilofan

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In my opinion everyone is effected, but depends on the target of the reduction. If the goal is right-sizing the org after years of business(failed products, project hires, r&d moves, etc.) to meet current and forecasted needs, then it should be planned with different goals at different levels. Trimming the fat as some say. I think this was mostly common pre current economic area era. 2020 ish.

If it’s reactionary and based strictly on numbers and someone in finance says we need to cut “x” expenses to meet goals then whatever level they need to meet budget at gets a percent and it’s on from there. Make the salary numbers add up, business needs take a back seat. Front line, managers, execs. dosntmatter below c-suite. it’s a number on a spreadsheet. I read this as the case here.

My industry is not immune to layoffs, just remember these are real people with real needs. It stinks to see people you know walk out with boxes and security escorts.
It was like yesterday when I survived my company layoffs . Friends and peers being walked out by security no chance to say goodbye, then we had an all staff meeting after the layoffs. It was like a somber feeling and winning the lottery at the same time. Then my workload doubled shortly afterwards. I was lucky to be working.
 

celluloid

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You are kidding yourselves if you think that the largest body of workers won't be a part of this. You may not "see it" at first. But all of the cast positions around WDW will be directly involved.

Front of the line guest facing will be primarily attractions that are not going to be reopen any time soon and ones that are no longer going to be staffed to open. Reduced efficiency ahoy in a lot of places too.
 

Vegas Disney Fan

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The main get in that entire deal is xmen and FF for MCU…and avatar but I don’t know what the Cameron partnership deal is?

That’s really it…the rest is unspectacular at best

I’m starting to think they paid all that money primarily for control of Hulu, the 20th (21st) century Fox brand has been relatively nonexistent since Disney bought it.

They aren’t even using a lot of the Fox library on D+ or Hulu yet.

Iger went all in on streaming, it’s a huge gamble that will make him look like a genius or an idiot a decade from now.
 

Obobru

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New ships yes, existing ones no. Just been on a cruise for 2 weeks spoke to a number of staff off the record and even went to the beach and lunch with some in a port and Disney has left the ships about 10% understaffed, doesn't sound a lot but on a ship that works it's staff hard when full staffed that's hard on them. It used to considered a great place to work now most are unhappy and burning out. The quality of everything has dropped but the prices rise just like the rest of the Disney empire.

We watched that awful Pinocchio movie onboard which was a prime example of cost cuts and lowering quality in the the movie dept too, the graphics were embarrassing bad and watching it on DCLs faded damaged screen made it even worse.
 

Smiley/OCD

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Nothing earth shattering, but this was known IN DEPTH at the D23…kinda makes all those Josh bumbling “blue sky” parks presentations even bluer…new nighttime show for Epcot? The world ball is being dusted off right now as we speak…Dinoland will remain a closed down shopping mall parking lot, forget about the SE refurb, and without mentioning any names, another MK attraction might just remain in a holding pattern for the foreseeable future and now TWDC has the PERFECT excuse.
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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I’m starting to think they paid all that money primarily for control of Hulu, the 20th (21st) century Fox brand has been relatively nonexistent since Disney bought it.

They aren’t even using a lot of the Fox library on D+ or Hulu yet.

Iger went all in on streaming, it’s a huge gamble that will make him look like a genius or an idiot a decade from now.
I think that’s right. The Star service in Asia was a big component. But yes, they’ve done NOTHING with the huge back catalogue of 20Th Century Fox films other than to pull a handful onto D+. Heck, they basically just pushed them into theaters with little to no marketing (The Kings Man, Death on the Nile).
 

Smiley/OCD

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If it doesn’t get postponed, 1 AA and TONS of screens, essentially a TOTAL half a** job. You think there’s negativity now…wait until you see the effects of this cost cutting.
 

celluloid

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For those still holding onto the rest of the parking tram transportation system returning. This tells you all you need to know.

There are burdens that will be placed heavier on middle management and front of the line, there will be guest experiences directly effected, and then there will be the burden placed on the guest themselves to make up the differences made by this.
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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For those still holding onto the rest of the parking tram transportation system returning. This tells you all you need to know.

There are burdens that will be placed heavier on middle management and front of the line, there will be guest experiences directly effected, and then there will be the burden placed on the guest themselves to make up the differences made by this.
Trams. Transportation. Anything that’s a drag on the bottom line will be severely cut back or not returning.
 

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