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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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3.6 92 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for! Tons for perks and everyone genuinely wants you to succeed.

Commercial Operations Coordinator (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsYou learn so much through your work and they switch you on projects/accounts so that you are never bored. I am able to work from home as needed and never are expected to work on the weekends.

ConsA lot of people need to be fired and replaced with people who are younger, brighter, and able to come up with better ways to improve current processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementPull for more promotions, not just assignments.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company, horrible HR

Senior Applications Architect (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsExcellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

ConsHR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

Advice to Senior ManagementAvoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience in Sports broadcasting

Technical Operator (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsThere 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.

ConsHaving 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, great atmosphere to work in...Bristol is a pretty boring place to live.

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsAt ESPN, there are tons of great and knowledgeable people to meet and work with everyday. The campus is gorgeous and there are multitude of employee perks and benefits. The salary is extremely competitive depending on your level of experience.

ConsIt does seem like everyone wants to be on TV. There is a slight lack of respect for the behind the scenes tech-folks outside of the technology department. Bristol CT is not the most fun place on the planet (sarcasm). Other than that, no much negative to say.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senior QA Analyst (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsGreat team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn

ConsNo career path defined. Management favored promotions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

Associate Art Director (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsSubject matter, great people to work with, great location to raise a family

ConsAnyone with an office or a title thinks they are an expert in anything. No trust in their subject matter experts. Anyone with an iPhone thinks they understands mobile and how to build a successful product. The company itself does a terrible job managing their managers. If you get a terrible manager (which seem to outnumber the good ones by a lot) you are doomed.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet people who have experience in their industry make tough decisions. Titles should not override performance. Create a better metric to evaluate the performers and make that mean something rather than higher ups that are in meetings all day and don't understand the products that are being built.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Intern (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

I have been working at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

ProsNice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

ConsNot very collaborative work environment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing Experience to work for a forward-moving company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

I have been working at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

ProsWelcoming colleagues and friendly employees, great work atmosphere, good benefits

ConsHardly any Cons, other then its a little corporate at times and you may be limited sometimes as far as creativity goes

Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a point to appreciate the people who work under you

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

Designer (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

Pros- Relatively stable work environment
- Depending on the dept. there is some ability to pursue ideas beyond the normal job scope.
- Investment in technology/creative relating to product is relatively high
- Usually on the bleeding edge of tech
- Caliber of talent/competency is on par, higher than average (you do get laggards just like any other company though)
- Reasonable ability to move to different departments throughout company.
- Good Benefits / Nice Perks (Free Disney admission)

Cons- Advancing through the ranks can take longer than other company (see relatively stable work environment in the pros)
- Pay is on average, lower than other major networks
- Technology used by employees not directly related to on-air product can be dated and is not given the attention it may deserve.
- Subject to office politics just like any other company
- In Bristol, CT

Advice to Senior Management- Pay needs to be more competitive
- Consider offering greater incentives to employees for good work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Value experience to learn production and management

Content Producer (Current Employee)
Bristol, CT

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

ProsReputable company - Disney. Gateway to move on to other networks.

ConsLog jam of employees looking for promotion. If you start as a Production Assistant, don't expect to move up the ladder fast.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop writing checks for digital buildings and sports that you can't air the championship to.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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