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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

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3.6 100 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(39 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Great team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work(in 11 reviews)

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

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    Nanomanaged & Hostile - Subordinates only own management failures, not own successes

    QA Automation Engineer (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGood pay: $60/HR, on-floor cafeteria, plenty of parking

    ConsThere was about a three month "honeymoon" period and then the real culture appears....
    Hostile, credit robbing and blame ridden culture. Extreme nanomanagement. Work dumbed-down in comparison to job title. Forced into an endless cycle of re-working tests from broken processes instead of fixing the underlying problems. Pointing out failures is treated as treason. Even at $60/HR, there's only so much hostility a person can take.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to manage using something other than coercion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A "Sweat Shop" environment and rampant nepotism

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThe technology, some of the worker-level employees are great people. If you're a sports fan there's monitors showing sports in a lot of places about the workplace. The technical people are great.

    ConsThey demand a 12 hour workday of everyone who is salaried: from the lowest paid admins to the managers. Very high turnover as people are misled when hired and told the long hours are "just temporary". Some of the managers are verbally abusive, others are hiring their friends and relatives regardless of competency: relatives with no skills for a particular job will get promoted over highly skilled employees. Very bad place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating your employees with simple human respect, allow for a reasonable work/life balance, fire the half of management that promotes bad practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    espn great for backstabbing & politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    Prosa paycheck is the only reason

    Conspolitics, backstabbing, clueless management at most levels

    Advice to Senior Managementstop lying and infighting

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not all it's cracked up to be

    Researcher (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsESPN provides a great atmosphere to work in and your friends will be envious. Highly visible, and be the first to hear all of the biggest news in sports.

    ConsThere does not seem to be much room for advancement at ESPN unless you have an in with a higher up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe HR department can use some serious work in their hiring process, or at least they did when I was there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ESPN - The Worldwide Leader in Mediocrity

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsAccess to sporting events. Sports content is more fun to work with than, say, mortgage financing or actuarial accounting. The company has an extraordinary amount of money with which to pursue different initiatives. Also, with Disney as a parent organization, ESPN offers certain "built in" business synergies with a giant entertainment conglomerate that reaches millions of people every year. The end product that ESPN produces (television production of games as well as Sportscenter) is highly regarded and of pretty high quality (although getting more and more overproduced). Working at ESPN is also a great conversation starter at barbecues. People love to talk about ESPN....

    ConsSenior management is pretty incompetent overall. ESPN is a traditional top-heavy organization - too many VPs, SVPs and EVPs. Big egos with mediocre educational backgrounds constitute most of senior management. I've found that most senior management soaks in the perks of their titles - first class airline travel for anyone V.P. or higher, window offices, the ability to approve their own expense reports, great tickets to sporting events, etc. But in the end, most of them don't actually have any real deliverables. 80% of ESPN's revenue comes from deals that it struck with cable companies years and years ago. The senior management now could be cut by 2/3 and nobody would notice a thing in the end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership is about more than socializing with the boys' club and taking credit for your department's work at ever turn.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pride in mediocrity has ESPN rapidly becoming an irrelevant has-been.

    Senior Director (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThere are TV's on every desk. There are lots of affordable neighborhoods within easy commuting distance to Bristol. Benefits are pretty good, as a part of the Disney corporate family. Working on sports is a dream job for many people.

    ConsLong hours are expected, and results in lots of turnover in the lower ranks. Bristol is a little too quiet of a place for single people. There are layers upon layers of management, leading to lots of jobs that are not quite as important or as empowered as they might seem. Senior Management has alarmingly little credibility among the workforce - the offices keep getting bigger and the cubes keep getting smaller.

    Advice to Senior ManagementESPN has done nothing especially innovative - on air or online - for a long time. It's time to expect more from George and his direct reports.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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