I wish I could set my own work hours.
I’m ready to go back to work part time, but flexible jobs are so hard to find.
Staying home is great, but I need a little something more.
I’d really like to earn extra money while the kids are in school.
Parents, do any of these thoughts sound familiar? If you live in the LA area and are looking to make a professional (and highly flexible!) transition, Disney Interactive would like to meet you! Excited yet? You should be!
I sat down with Tamra Soto, VP, Technology — Digital Operations, Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media at MomFair 2016 to learn all about their inspired flex schedule employment program, designed to bring motivated individuals into Disney Interactive’s Quality Assurance department.
Can you tell us a little about Disney Interactive’s flexible Quality Assurance employment program?
Our Quality Assurance (QA) team has recently introduced a flex schedule program that may be interesting to your audience looking to re-enter the workforce. If you’re interested in testing games and are considering part-time work, we have a program where you can define your own schedule between the hours of 8 AM-10 PM, Monday through Friday. We are looking for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of eight [hours] per day — up to 29 hours per week. You choose the days and the hours!
For those looking for a career beyond QA, perhaps full time, these positions will be included in our candidate pool for cross team mobility. In fact, I’m looking at this program to enhance our already successful track record of moving QA talent to other areas within our organization.
Was this program designed specifically with parents in mind?
The goal was to make it easier for people requiring flexible schedules to join our team. With that said, this would be a great opportunity for parents looking to re-enter the workforce on their terms. While we are offering a number of part-time positions, we are hoping that this will be a great platform to launch careers in other areas, if full-time work is a desired goal. An added bonus is, these roles are eligible to join our Women & Technology programs and mixers — excellent networking opportunities.
How did this initiative come about?
We revisited our approach to expand and enhance our recruitment pool for QA and beyond. We believe this approach will elevate the talent not only for our QA department, but provide a top source of talent for our larger organization.
Are there unique talents and specialized skill sets Disney believes mothers bring to today’s workforce?
At MomFair, returning to the workforce was a big theme. I also heard people at the event describe themselves as efficient, troubleshooters, coordination experts, and creative thinkers. Mix that with folks that embrace technology (gamers, website surfers, operators of mobile devices, home tech support) and that’s a great baseline of skills that would translate well into our world of game testing.