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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 101 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(39 ratings)

77% 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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    Decent experience

    Writer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsESPN name is one that gets ur foot in doors.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Some Good but a lot of bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsCompetitive starting salary ( i think this is changing for the worse)
    Free gym and on staff nurse
    nice campus, but money should be used to save jobs that are being downsized

    ConsLong hours, upper management does not care about staff, it was said in meetings (which are never ending) that you can either advance or have a personal life, you can't have both. Layoffs are still coming because they are funding a new studio and they say in meetings well these layoffs should have happened years ago, as someone who was laid off that did not make me feel any better.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop having non stop meetings to go over the same issues the last manager just had a meeting on

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

    Associate Art Director (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    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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    Ok, but lacking real stuff

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsIf you like sports, a large company, a matrix environment where mediocre thrives this is the place for you. There are some great fringe benefits thanks to the parent company Disney.

    ConsLifers rule here. People who worked other places with other real life experiences other than Bristol CT typically do not do well here unless they are willing to drink the Kool Aid served in Bristol. People right out of college can learn some things here. Mobility up or laterally is difficult when one self advocates. Do not be discouraged, every year or every other year there is a re-organization where management decides what to do and where you go. Management chooses to under staff and provide limited resources for most projects unless it is one of the two top priorities. Other lower priorities get so prioritized they end up taking extended time 1-2 years to complete or are forgot about all together. HR and other HR employee support people sponsor events at ESPN. These events are all show and no substance. They go through the motions but really do not truly care for and about the employees and their families. Core Medical and Dental benefits are governed by Disney and they are abysmal. Worst core benefits received in my whole career. Great potential but Disney is choking ESPN's ability to grow. Disney is taking more money out and providing less in Capex and Opex.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are so many layers at ESPN, starting with the parent relationship with Disney that need to be addressed. ESPN Executive & Sr. Management down through to Middle Management to the people actually doing the work are not cohesive.
    People have provided feedback to annual company surveys. Executive and Sr. Mangement need to listen and more importantly take action on fulfilling the needs of the employees and in turn help grow the company.
    Do not perform a re-organization every year just for the sake of having a re-organization. It is like changing your seat on the titanic, its futile. Provide more mobility for the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Interesting Culture

    Controller (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGet to work with sports, and with fun information.

    ConsUnless you know somebody, it will be difficult to get move up in the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some real journalists

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    TERRIBLE

    Event Production Assistant Trainee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGood food, good comraderie, smart people, opportunities to give new ideas, although they might get stolen by others, interesting job filled with fun travel

    ConsHorrible hours, horrible pay, get treated like a gopher, little respect with high demands, no room for advancement

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat PAs with respect and stop burning thru them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a job.....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsExciting work environment; cutting edge technology; A sports-fans dream (celebrity appearances common);

    ConsLow Salary; Politically driven environment; Disney culture creeping in more and more every day (perception of a cheap organization); Lousy location; Extremely arrogant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to ramp up salaries to be more competitive long-term; Arrogance and dismissive attitude toward competitors only serves to alienate ESPN within the broadcast industry. Universally hated.

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    Working at ESPN

    Associate Director Technology (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsLot of employees really work hard for the company

    ConsThere is an old boys network their that makes it difficult to advance

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know the company is 32 years old and many of the management was there from year one of the company, but there are many younger management that is being ignored for advancement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a good company to start your career at... just get out after about the 3rd year

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsIf you love sports, this is the place to be
    Exciting, high paced environment
    Good bond between co-workers
    Always fun to hear the reaction you get when you tell people you work at ESPN

    ConsCONNECTICUT
    No one really cares about work-life balance even though it's preached
    No appreciation for a job well done
    Poor pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe know it's tough times and we're supposed to do more with less, cut us some slack, though. We're getting burned out!

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    The Good & The Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThe most talented people in the industry work here. There's great people outside ESPN, but chances are they ended up here at some point or are still there.

    ConsEverything you hated about how a high school cafeteria functioned socially is true at ESPN. Imagine it's with adults who have money and hormones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey're your employees. They break their backs because they love what they do. They make you look good. Appreciate them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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