Orlando, FL, October 16, 2009- Last week Disney Vacation Club announced to its “advance sales associates” (ASAs –what Disney calls its OPCs) that they will be taking a 10% pay cut in their base pay. Disney denies it is a cost-cutting measure, sayings the changes are intended to make the OPC positions more incentive-driven and less hourly based. Disney points out that at the same time, the company has raised bonus amounts for those who meet certain goals. Quarterly bonuses will also be offered to employees who finish in the top half of their teams in bookings. The company says their overall compensation budget hasn’t been reduced.
Before the pay cut, base pay for entry level OPC/ASAs began around $11 an hour.
Regarding the bonus structure, OPCs/ASAs who commented on the new structure say that though they are now eligible for larger bonuses based on the number of people they book, reaching the levels now required to meet those bonuses will be nearly impossible in the current economic climate.
Another bonus has also been made bigger but harder to reach. In the past OPCs/ASAs got an extra $100 if 10% or fewer of their booked tours were one-legged-tours (where only one person of a couple attends the presentation– Disney calls them “solos”). Under the new plan they can get $200, but only if “solos” comprise 5% or fewer of their booked tours.
Disney is currently selling four recently opened timeshare properties, with three at Disney World in Florida and one at Disneyland in California.