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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
293 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 14 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 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Overrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ESPN name is one that gets ur foot in doors.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive 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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Anyone 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 ManagementAdvice

    Let 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok, but lacking real stuff

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Lifers 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting Culture

    Former Employee - Controller in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Controller in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with sports, and with fun information.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real journalists

  8.  

    TERRIBLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Production Assistant Trainee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Event Production Assistant Trainee in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat PAs with respect and stop burning thru them

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's a job.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at ESPN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director Technology in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Director Technology in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Lot of employees really work hard for the company

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    If 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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