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ESPN Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
271 Reviews
3.9
271 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 13 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 15 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you love sports, this is the place to work. We cover sports in a way that no one else can and the work we do is pretty amazing, most of the time. Its also a fun place to work with good people.

    Cons

    The Bristol location can be difficult, unless you want to live in CT. Can't commute there from the city, so if you want to be in the city, the only possible jobs are in marketing, research and ad sales. Most everything else is in Bristol. Two other cons are salary (because so many want to work here, there's little incentive for the company to pay well) and no leaves, so career advancement can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to look at advancement, promotions, rewards a little more creatively. And I also feel that we don't do enough to cross-pollinate people and ensure that as you progress in the company you get a broad understanding of the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible brand to be associated with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offer some of the greatest media products and brands, and has, and uses, their leverage to get distribution. Everyone will return your call.

    Cons

    Club-like setting of old-boys network. Non-insiders will not be advanced and club members will be protected in any downsizing, regardless of talent or value to business advancement. Unfortunately employees quickly find that your career will be better served by making friends with the right group and assuring that you cover yourself, than trying to move the business forward. Definitely a second set of rules and evaluations for employees that are connected to the original Bristol thread. An unusually large percentage of management have poor people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh management on media networks side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great perks but old-school company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working at ESPN was a great experience allowing for a lot of exposure to the sports industry. Meet athletes, go to award shows, see the X-games - all great experiences. I worked in digital and it was an exciting part of the company - lots of cool and interesting collaborations with brands happening here.

    Cons

    The company is owned by Disney. As such, it's a pretty old school company. There is a lot of slow moving bureaucracy and out-dated policies - at least when I was working there. I think it definitely largely depends on the clients you have, the market you work in and the product. ESPN can be a great company but sometimes the division of teams doesn't set one up for success. You also need to be great at internal politics to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

    has a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

  8.  

    Content

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

    has a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good experience that provided me with a lot of opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a cool atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy to be there and everyone from the janitors to the President was willing to talk to you. It's a great place to work and they seem to really care about their employees. Many activities to bring every one together.

    Cons

    The long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worldwide Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Tons of resources at your disposal. Energetic work atmosphere. Disney Perks

    Cons

    At times lots of hurdles to get to use the resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, exposure to many parts of the business, some great managers

    Cons

    Very political. In many cases an old boys club. Decisions are slowed down due to matrix management structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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