Does DISNEY hire SWEs without a CS background?

New codev
Jul 3 13 Comments

I've been eyeing a Disney Streaming SWE job (Edit: Entry Level) in NYC. But I heard that it's close to impossible to get an interview with Disney's tech division if you don't have a CS degree (equivalent). Wondering how true this is?

Background: Business degree, coding bootcamp graduate. Start-up experience.

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  • Chase / Eng 8==D~
    I’m surprised there is still interest from developers in joining a company like Disney, given how they attempted to replace their IT staff with h1b contractors.

    OP - aim higher if you can. Disney is not a great place for tech workers.
    Jul 3 5
    • New codev
      OP
      Good to know. I guess I felt like Disney would be a good "resume builder" for someone like me who doesn't have a CS degree and didn't go to a top school. And DSS is hiring like crazy right now because of Disney +
      Jul 3
    • Capital One BAY CON
      Disney has had a lot of bad publicity from that incident, but the reality is they’re huge and that was only one division (I think something with the parks?) that outsourced to cognizant who uses h1b. I’ve heard Disney+ is a really good engineering org and pays well above average (although not competitive with FAANG)
      Jul 5
    • Capital One BAY CON
      Disney is only roughly 20% smaller than chase and here are the H1B sponsorships for each
      Disney Total - 2 (https://h1bdata.info/index.php?em=Disney&job=&city=&year=2019)
      Chase Total - whatever 7 seconds of scrolling equates to (a lot) - https://h1bdata.info/index.php?em=Jpmorgan+Chase+%26+Co&job=&city=&year=2019
      Jul 5
    • New codev
      OP
      Very insightful. Thanks
      Jul 5
    • Disney / Eng Innocuous2
      Yeah that was probably within the parks division. It always gets me when someone brings it up. Disney is so big that each of its divisions should be considered a separate company with different values.
      Jul 7
  • Disney burutchai
    Not true. As long as you got the right experience, and pass the interview.
    Jul 3 2
    • New codev
      OP
      Thanks. Btw How is they're interview process in terms of difficulty? Is it like FANG-level hard or a bit easier?
      Jul 3
    • Disney burutchai
      Not like FAANG. While it’s good to study Leetcode, I would allocate time for system design and framework architecture
      Jul 3
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    Punani

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    Punanimore
    Do you have any SWE working experience?
    Jul 3 3
    • New codev
      OP
      Yes. Limited. 5 months at a small startup.
      Jul 3
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      Punani

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      Punanimore
      Unless the position you are looking for is a grad position, otherwise very unlikely that their recruiters would consider you. But for grad positions big companies usually want people with CS background.

      You probably need a few more years of SWE experience, and practise leetcode to a point where you solve problems even in your dreams . Also learn system design.
      Jul 3
    • New codev
      OP
      Thx for the advice
      Jul 3

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