Disney is offering $1500 sign-on bonuses and $1000 referral bonuses as labor shortage continues to impact Walt Disney World operations

Dec 09, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday December 9, 2021 9:44am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Labor shortages in key areas continue to impact Walt Disney World's return to normal operations across the parks and resorts.

Roles in culinary, housekeeping, custodial, and bus transportation remain challenging to fill. Disney is offering sign-on bonuses as high as $1500 for chef assistant roles, with numerous other positions offering $1000 bonuses.

In addition, Disney is offering $500 to $1000 referral bonuses to existing Cast Members who recruit new employees.

Both full-time and part-time roles are available, with pay rates from $14-19 per hour. The Walt Disney World Job Fair takes place December 13 2021 from 9am - 4pm at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort convention center.

You can find out more at the Disney Careers website.

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SirwalterraleighDec 15, 2021

Disney - along with a lot of US companies - got ahead of that $15 an hour thing a few years back. That was reading the political tea leaves…most economists know that the labor system would collapse if they didn’t start trying to pull up the bottom of the barrel… but they aren’t altruistic…and $15 in Orlando is still a significant problem for Disney. That’s above what they probably assumed it would be during the Iger years…and they surely don’t want to take it 25% more or higher. Hence the bonuses that are a minor nuisance to them.

Jrb1979Dec 15, 2021

I will say they are one of the only companies that realize paying your employees well will keep them working for you. Bonuses do nothing. Pay more when $15 an hour and maybe CMs will come back

SirwalterraleighDec 15, 2021

I wasn’t looking for a specific answer…just curious?

Jrb1979Dec 15, 2021

Probably due to exchange rate. The majority of provinces minimum wage is $15.

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

No…I meant why the higher wages than in the US?

Jrb1979Dec 14, 2021

Cause the mandate by the CEO had always been to treat your employees well and the will want to work for. If you pay them well they will most likely stay working for you.

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

Any wonder why?

Jrb1979Dec 14, 2021

Yes but the company I work for is based in the US. The top wage for US based locations is $25 an hour.

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

Aren’t you Canadian?

Jrb1979Dec 14, 2021

Since working for a major retail chain for over 10 years I see how crappy most companies are to their employees in regards to pay. The CEO of the company I work for, his mandate had been pay your employees well and they will want to work for you. There is a reason after 10 years I make almost $30 an hour and I am not in management.

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

I think Disney’s computer system suck…but not THAT much.

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

And the landlord at your new “luxury” Orlando apartment just raised your rent $3000 when they figured out how far you drove… …Florida rules!

SirwalterraleighDec 14, 2021

Short labor supply and higher wages from competitors to get that supply… because everyone loves the free market 👍🏻 somedays you get the 🐻…and some days the 🐻 gets you

matt9112Dec 14, 2021

I will make sure you get one.