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ESPN Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
282 Reviews
3.8
282 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 14 reviews)

  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to maintain work-life balance ( depending on your postion) (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sexual harassment endless, Fraternity Feel, Big egos, Small pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to actively work on productions from the start, great to see work one has accomplished make it on-air, good movement between sports and departments

    Cons

    Work atmosphere is abysmal, horrible conditions for young women who are harassed daily, solicitations on the job, files filled with complaints and no punishments. Absolutely frat feel, little openness to new ideas, good old boys club, only advance if you know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your butt and actually makes some legitimate sexual harassment policies instead of "we deal with each matter as it comes up" which essentially means we ignore and take no responsibility for anyone. Lead by example, stop hiring big egos and friends of friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The shine wore off very quickly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You love sports. You know your boss personally. You program in Java. and love Disney.

    Cons

    Project employees are treated like 2nd class. Company values on the card don't hold true in real life. Kiss up kick down culture. Knowing the existing domain is far more highly valued than technical skill. Very immature technical culture that is not interested in keeping with the times. Beware the project employee; it's just an internal contract that is over with the project with reduced benefits. I can't recommend it to anyone, let alone a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive pay. TV's on every wall (if you like sports).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    world wide leader

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    Current Employee - Announcer in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Announcer in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great place and SOOO fun

    Cons

    dont expect rapid advancement,, there is a lot of ;paying your dues'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keep on doiin what youre doin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ESPN name is one that gets ur foot in doors.

    Cons

    Same as most corporations now...stars get more dough, everyone else sort of fights for peanuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think of workers as people, with families, and medical needs, not as ways to reduce the budget when you fire them, or pay them so-so wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work! Great people to work with!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young people working hard and doing their best to succeed. Great work enviornment surronded by a "sportish" feeling. Lots of challanges to be faced.

    Cons

    The company is not its market leader in the country, which makes businees harder here. There is, somehow, a lack of established procedures which makes decision making more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever they can to be as big as ESPN is in the US in the local operation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ESPN- To Serve the Fan

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England (UK)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time working with ESPN and Disney, especially in the London, England office. It was the best years of my career.

    Cons

    My division was downsized because of financial reason, which is fine, I accept the fact that it was a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send more people on training courses, I found my participation in Leadership Discovery very rewarding and still use aspects I learned almost everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Very fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are cool and management is relaxed. Hours are relaxed nobody looking down your throat counting minutes. Do a good job and people dont care how long you work.

    Cons

    There isnt much going on for a young person in the hartford/bristol area. Theres somewhat of a lack of structure from above, takes a very long time for big projects to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    X Games Event Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Event Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Volunteerism and philanthropy are highly valued here.

    Cons

    The X Games left LA for Austin, TX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeful the X Games will someday return to Los Angeles, CA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Production Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coming to work everyday is exciting, offers excellent benefits, top-notch facilities, and unrivaled opportunity for networking in the sports industry.

    Cons

    Consumes your life, promotions are difficult to come by unless you are very long tenured, it's a corporation and while it sounds glamorous it is a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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