Disney English has some excellent benefits; health care, a relocation bonus, and opportunities for advancement number among them. They are very helpful in making your transition abroad easier, and their teaching structure is simple.
Day to day, you'll love this job. Working with kids has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and helping them learn English is a delight.
However, your experience will be highly dependent on your manager, of which I met very few good ones in Shanghai. Your manager determines which set of classes you will take over, and which Chinese learning partner you are assigned. Their power is great. A peculiar trait I noticed among the company is that promises made are not taken seriously. While I allow much of this disappointment concerns my own former manager, other trainers I have discussed this with have told me that they were being groomed for promotion, though later received no direction on how to proceed.
Because of the relatively low salary compared to other English training centers and the rather limited vacation days, many choose to leave the company after 6 months. This results in a constant shortage of coverage. This results in stressed teachers with less time to plan. If your manager isn't organized and willing to help teach, you'll find people quitting left and right, exacerbating the original issue. On the plus side, they rarely fire anyone.
If you're trying to work for the Disney company, think twice about this one. From the underpaid Chinese staff to the over-worked foreign trainer, there's no Disney magic here.
Free plane ticket, resettlement advance, bilingual healthcare, visa services
Shortage of vacation days, relatively low salary, odd hours, disorganized/apathetic management, lack of company morals