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Mass WDI Layoffs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Disney' started by Mad Dog, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, yeah, they're not gonna take it down. :lol:

    BTW: I know not many of you have done this in light of this possible 180, but if we can put this in perspective here: the two people were speculating about, namely of which is Joe Rohde and Tom Fitzgerald are "celebrity" class Imagineers. These are people set for Disney Legend status, an incredible severance package and possible fantastic pension if they "retire", with a slew of consultant jobs on the docket and beyond numerous opportunities, not the least of which is nabbing a paycheck everytime Disney invites them to speak at an event. And there's a LOT of events. Their future is all but guaranteed due to their name recognition and clout. They had a lot of power, it was (allegedly) taken away from them, but these aren't exactly struggling people.

    The ones who are being laid off whom we know next to nothing about? Those are the ones to worry about, to fret over, to really feel bad for. I know that layoffs are an extremely touchy subject, but let's remember that more people than usual right now seem to have feet in their mouths. Very trustworthy people. There's no need to be snide or looking down on others for the speculation that arose here. We don't know exactly what's going on right now and that's how these things happen.

    Plus I don't think Joe or Tom are ever going to read these forums so there's that :)

    (well I hope they don't)
     
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  2. Galaxy Defender

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    Interesting that this is happening just days before the quarterly conference call.
     
  3. AlexanderMBush

    AlexanderMBush Legendary Member

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    From Micechat; it sounds like the layoffs has taken over 450 people from WDI in total.
     
  4. Mad Dog

    Mad Dog Premium Member

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    Excellent post. That's probably it in a wrap.A very perceptive post about the business culture. I can always tell when a poster has a good business aptitude and understands his way around the buzz words.
     
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    AlexanderMBush Legendary Member

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    I agree with this entirely.

    A lot of people have been let go of WDI, and now; I really hope they can find some form of work quick so they don't have to keep themselves afloat. But nethertheless, I really feel sorry for them in the most sincere way..one thing is for certain.

    If MC is correct; in a way, it is one of the worst day's in WDI's history.
     
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  6. Joe

    Joe aka TestTrack321 Staff Member Moderator

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    I can't say much else but the future of WDI has no need for the 450+ imagineers and creatives. It's all going to be outsourced. Donations in my name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
     
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    AlexanderMBush Legendary Member

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    Correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't UC usually Outsource?
     
  8. Mad Dog

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    Disney is changing their culture & apparatus and trying to copy Universal's success. Quality projects at an acceptable budget delivered in a timely manner, the Universal way, lots of outsourcing too.....Just my guess though.
     
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    It's all starting to make sense
     
  10. Joe

    Joe aka TestTrack321 Staff Member Moderator

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    Used to but building up an internal team. Example is Goddard Group did JP.
     
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    Brian G. Staff Member Administrator

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    Yeah, I feel really odd placing bets on someone's career. Let's show a little compassion here. There's a lot of chatter on this from lots of people (hell, even we heard it yesterday from a source).
     
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    I hope they are getting cozy, JP was 10 years ago and different owners so it should have changed since then.
     
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    They have always outsourced, but they need concepts as well as art directors and producers to manage the vendors to execute the vision.
     
  14. Nick

    Nick Staff Member Moderator

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    Which would also be right around the same time as Mission Breakout
     
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    Walt Disney Imagineering reduces staff after Shanghai Disneyland opens - The Orange County Register
     
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    Joe aka TestTrack321 Staff Member Moderator

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  17. Mad Dog

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    Spin masters. Always read between the lines, and recognize the buzz words to find the truth once they start that corporate speak. :)
     
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    Nick Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah... But this is actually a good thing if you ask me. WDI has been wasting talent and spending way too much money on lackluster projects for years. Something needed to be done.
     
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    I wonder what would happen if the Imagineers came over to UC and whether or not they could stick to a reasonable budget.
     
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  20. AlexanderMBush

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    I would assume that Comcast would be much wiser than TWDC in that situation; or atleast, I would assume.
     
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