I worked at the Disney Store corporate offices for five years. When I first came in it was the most amazing place I've ever worked. The products we developed were quality. We would have employee outings at least once a month that really bonded us together. Then it started to go down hill. I was part of a team that was responsible for the opening and maintaining stores. We were going great guns, opening news stores like crazy people. My manager and I were wondering when it would end. It was clear to see that the market was saturated and getting worse. <br><br>They had a huge presentation of California Adventure and they brought all of us out to see it. You know what the main focus was on? Ready? The people presenting this brand new park spent most of the time drooling over the parking structure. Not the rides, not the attractions. The parking building. Then they showed some of the rides and some of them were going to use plywood cut outs for sets. Someone asked if these were mock ups, and the presenters looks bewildered. No, they were the actual pieces to be used in the rides. Right then I knew how badly the company was screwed. From the company that brought you Pirates and Haunted Mansion comes, TA DA, wooden stand ups.<br><br>New directives started coming in and the product at the stores were becoming crap. Turn around started going up. All the cool perks faded away. They cut back on free passes. They cancelled the company Christmas parties. Can you believe this? This is a multi million dollar company. Of course the head of the company was still taking his millions in yearly bonuses. <br><br>Finally, the bottom fell out when the best and brightest left in mass inside of one month. Suddenly, 60% of the staff was gone and the division was gutted. Management went nuts trying to stop more people jumping ship.<br><br>In the end, a load of managers came in to fill in all the empty slots. We had managers with nobody reporting to them. I left for a better job soon after that. <br><br>Anything Disney used to stand for is long gone. It's now a machine run by people who make the guys figuring out new ways to sell cigarettes look like Gandhi. <br><br>Eisner is like a guard dog. He's good at what he does so long as he's on a short chain. I think they had him in mind when they made the movie Scrooged, with Bill Muary playing the roll of Eisner.<br><br><br><br>The thread killer
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