WDW IT Layoffs 1/30/2015

G00fyDad

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Pretty sure almost all Disney's IT is ran by Xerox.

I thought it was run by these guys....
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sjhym333

Well-Known Member
The layoffs stink. I remember several years ago Disney did a big layoff that included several friends. One was in the middle of a big project. On the first day of being laid off the office called my friend 5 times with questions. My friend trying to be a good person answered all their questions. The next day the same thing. On the third day my friend said to them..."you have got to be kidding. You guys laid me off and I am looking for a job so that I continue to support myself. Don't call me again." A week later my friend had their job back. I was always fascinated by my friends story. Makes you wonder how those decisions are made.
 

Funmeister

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It makes me wonder if the company had any real intention of laying off the total amount of people they did (before hiring them back or cancelling their termination). The people I know who were laid off and then asked to stay were asked to stay under the condition that they no longer are eligible for a bonus and lost some other benefits. Company tells them they will be gone in 60 days. Stress sets in...people do not find jobs within 10 days of termination and then Disney says we will keep you....BUT....at less benefits/less pay. Sounds about right. Anyone remember "Renaissance" in Disney Sales & Marketing? Magical good times there!
 

stevebwv

Active Member
Let me see if I understand. Disney hires a large number of employees to implement a huge new project, years in the making. After most of the construction is complete they notify the employees the need for their services has ended. They are given a 3+ month notice to begin a search for suitable employment either within or outside the company. Yet Disney is evil and mean-spirited for daring to eliminate a position that is no longer needed. This would be like Disney hiring all the carpenters to rebuild FL onto their payroll then laying them off after the job was done.

Perhaps the would have been better off outsourcing from day one but some might complain about that too.
 

wannabeBelle

Well-Known Member
The layoffs stink. I remember several years ago Disney did a big layoff that included several friends. One was in the middle of a big project. On the first day of being laid off the office called my friend 5 times with questions. My friend trying to be a good person answered all their questions. The next day the same thing. On the third day my friend said to them..."you have got to be kidding. You guys laid me off and I am looking for a job so that I continue to support myself. Don't call me again." A week later my friend had their job back. I was always fascinated by my friends story. Makes you wonder how those decisions are made.
Good for your friend!! it does make you wonder who is making these decisions and how involved are they in the hands on stuff to be able to speak to that area's needs. I wonder if it is just a "we need to cut so much money out of the IT budget, make it happen" thing?? Marie
 

ParentsOf4

Well-Known Member
Let me see if I understand. Disney hires a large number of employees to implement a huge new project, years in the making. After most of the construction is complete they notify the employees the need for their services has ended. They are given a 3+ month notice to begin a search for suitable employment either within or outside the company. Yet Disney is evil and mean-spirited for daring to eliminate a position that is no longer needed. This would be like Disney hiring all the carpenters to rebuild FL onto their payroll then laying them off after the job was done.

Perhaps the would have been better off outsourcing from day one but some might complain about that too.
In their 2014 10K, Disney reported:

Selling, general, administrative and other costs decreased $104 million from $1,960 million to $1,856 million due to the absence of development costs for MyMagic+ [emphasis added], partially offset by higher marketing and sales costs and higher pre-opening costs at Shanghai Disney Resort.​

In other words, cuts associated with MyMagic+'s implementation costs occurred prior to this layoff.

Remaining IT costs associated with MyMagic+ support are included as part of Disney's Parks & Resorts operating expense.

The WESH article states:

"We are restructuring our global technology organization to support future innovation and new capabilities, and will work with leading technical firms to maintain our existing systems," Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said.​

This type of language often is encountered when U.S.-based jobs are outsourced.
 

ford91exploder

Resident Curmudgeon
Good for your friend!! it does make you wonder who is making these decisions and how involved are they in the hands on stuff to be able to speak to that area's needs. I wonder if it is just a "we need to cut so much money out of the IT budget, make it happen" thing?? Marie

That's the usual case, And since TWDC's quarter is ending I'm sure we will see more stuff like this, I suspect the numbers are not looking good at the moment.
 

seascape

Well-Known Member
Once Shanghai Disney opens Disney will have a fortune of money they either have to leave in China or pay outrageous taxes on foreign income to bring it back. Disney has a responsibility to its stock holders to maximize profits. Therefore its the US tax policy for international corporations to outsource jobs. This is crazy and Disney has been a great US company in bringing back its profits to the US but with the new Shanghai park being almost half owned by Disney and expected to be very profitable what else can they do but use the money in china? I would also expect more and more of their movie production to move to china for tax reasons.

Universal has already announced they are moving a good amount of movie production to china. The US has to wake up to the fact we are in the age of global business and not national. Orlando should worry too because of the theme park business expands around the world we can expect something like what has happened to the casino business to happen to the theme park industry.
 

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