ESPN Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
250 Reviews
3.9
250 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
John Skipper
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work (in 12 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Having to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its a job...

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Telling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    Cons

    The work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed working as an intern for the ESPY awards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESPY Green Team Coordinator  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - ESPY Green Team Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work experience and pay
    Get to be around well-known people with experience

    Cons

    Crazy hours and schedule
    Not enough rest time during work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    ESPN is a great place to work

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
     - Beautiful offices
     - Love sports enthusiasts

    Cons

    - Contract positions have end dates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    a great opportunity

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great facility, friendly co worker

    Cons

    none i can think of

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is the epicenter of sports coverage - every sport, every day.

    Cons

    You're churning it out, like a factory for sports coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget that it's the people that make the experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall my experience at ESPN was filled with many highs and a few lows.

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working for a big entertainment company, getting paid to watch sports, being a part of an operation that puts a great product on TV and seeing your efforts pay off.

    Cons

    Low salary, late hours, bad bosses, interoffice politics, living in Bristol if you are based there, dealing with corporate downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to do a better job of making sure they retain valuable employees and recognizing the efforts of such workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll learn more at ESPN in 2 weeks than at most companies in 2 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great work culture, great brand values, great people.

    Cons

    Needs improvement on work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best companies on the planet.

    • 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

    Incredibly complex and challenging technical problems to solve.
    World class facilities.
    Blue collar work ethic - everyone works hard!
    Sports + Technology

    Cons

    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place if you are a sports fan

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I am as big a sports fan as you can get....benefits were great and pay was decent.

    Cons

    Even though it has been a company priority there is no work/life balance and those promoted are not always the most deserving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of your offices and take a look at what the people who do the day to day business are actually doing...too many in upper management don't realize what functions the people they manage are responsible for at work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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