2013 was a landmark year for Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative. In early March, we expanded our goal to hire an additional 1,000 veterans through 2015, and to date, since March 2012, have hired more than 2,900 veterans.…
“Disney is a lot like the military: multinational, mission oriented, dedicated life of service and presenting a professional image. Biggest difference is everyone smiles more!”
"The skills from my days in the service that I have found the most helpful since joining ESPN are related to my extensive, broad technology background. I’m able to leverage that often, as well as my communication and leadership skills."
"What I appreciate the most about Disney’s company culture is the learning environment here. The culture provides me the opportunity to absorb new things. I’ve learned so much since I joined the Company."
"One of the values Disney has that is similar to those in the service is doing things right. It really comes down to honesty and integrity."
"The skills I took from my military service are an emphasis on listening and maintaining awareness. It’s easy to turn your ears off. There is a lot of information you can act on correctly if you really pay attention."
"The skills from my days in the service that I have found the most helpful since joining ESPN are that I am able to effectively make deadlines and having the ability to lead projects and tasks through resolution."
"The most helpful skills from my days in the service are by and large my management and leadership skills, which have helped me tremendously in my role. My decision-making and problem-solving skills also help me navigate the day-to-day decisions that I am challenged with."
"It takes an “army” of diverse and creative talented Cast Members to bring the “magic” to our Guests. We need leaders, independent thinkers, team players, creative and skilled Cast Members in a variety of jobs to make it all work."
"The biggest skills I've taken from my time in the military are my organizational skills and attention to detail . Disney is very detail-oriented, and you'll see that anywhere you go on or off property."
"The skills from my days in the service that I have found the most helpful since joining ESPN are my communication, work ethic and discipline. At ESPN, you are part of a team working together. Just like in the military, you have a common goal."
"When I left the military, I never thought I would work on Disney’s famous monorail. There are so many opportunities; I had no idea how big Disney was or that there were so many different areas in which to work. I would definitely recommend the company as an employer to my friends and family completing their service."
"The skills I attained in the service that I have found to be the most helpful since joining Disney are the ability to be adaptive in a dynamic situation, being able to execute on a plan, creative problem solving and developing strong teams."
"The value Disney has that is similar to my background in the service is teamwork. The Army teaches soldiers that every individual can accomplish great tasks by themselves, but they can accomplish even more working as a team. Without strong teamwork, we wouldn’t be successful."
"What I've found most helpful here from my time in the service is realizing that if you have a goal, you can’t achieve that goal alone. Nobody succeeds in the military alone. Success comes from being a part of a larger team with a larger goal.”
"I chose to work for Disney because I wanted to be part of an organization in which people put the company’s mission ahead of themselves. In the Navy, we call it esprit de corps, and it’s one of the things I appreciate the most about Disney’s culture."
"I love working for Disney because every day is different. In many ways, I relate my job at Disney to my military experience. There is a lot of great teamwork where everyone comes together."
"When I say I’ve been with the company for 29 years, people are like 'oh, 29 years!', but you meet a lot of people that have been here for 40 years and more! It becomes much more than a career; you build relationships and friendships that last forever."
"I came to Disney looking for a job after serving in the U.S. Marines, but what I found was a family. Our shared goal of creating happiness and being able to work with a very diverse and dynamic team makes Disney a rewarding career choice."
"Not only do we strive to create memories for our guests and to make families feel welcome, but we also aim to provide our Cast with those same experiences. In the military one learns to appreciate how people around the world work together for a common good -- and why it’s important to appreciate differences."
"After almost fifteen years at Disney, I can look back proudly and say, 'Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been with this company for as long as I have.' I’m proud that I have been part of teams -- or led teams -- who have delivered phenomenal, memorable guest experiences."
"Disney is an outstanding company to work for. Innovation and excellence are a key focus, and our Cast Members work hard and are dedicated to providing the best Guest experience possible. There’s a focus on teamwork and doing the right thing."
"What I learned from being in the US Army Reserve was discipline, punctuality and pride in myself. At Disney, these are great transferable skills that can be applied each and every day, whether it’s being able to troubleshoot a guest concern or working with children."
"Disney is a collaborative environment and the ability to transfer my skills from military training is invaluable. People see joining the military as something to invest in; we offer many of those values at Disney – including how you are challenged to have an entrepreneurial spirit."
“My proudest moment at Disney was realizing that myinput was valued, and my inclusion was not just part of the job but truly desired.”
“I couldn’t ask for a better way to give back to those who serve than being part of a team that produces the Armed Forces Classic.”
“Discipline, cleanliness, determination, reliability.…The military taught me to be a professional, which at Disney, everyone is a professional.”
“Forget about whatever misconceptions you have about Disney.”
“I would tell any veteran looking for a career in the civilian workforce that Disney honors you and your service.”
“First, get to know the company, culture and cast members. Second, connect with a Disney cast member to learn more.”
“A strong work ethic, emphasis on teamwork and communication skills are just a few of the abilities I attained in the military that I’ve been able to rely on the most, here at Disney.“
“I chose to work for Disney because I perceived it to be an environment that has people placed as their highest value…I was right.”