ESPN Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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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
  • Needs improvement on work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • The long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position (in 17 reviews)

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  1. If you are not working in technology I'm sure you are going to love this company.

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People actually have passion about the company and its end goal. Most of the people are FANS of the network and LOVE working here. They treat people well and with respect and make sure that the environment is nice.

    Cons

    While ESPN is definitely a leader in sports and TV/Satellite technology, if your focus is technology as in software and application development then this is not a place you want to come. Lots of legacy and crappy code. There's not really a lot of innovation, lots of copy/paste tasks and no clear prospect of this ending as you never have time to fix things. There's also a lot of politics between teams trying to agree who manages what and then blaming each other when things go south.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some really good Technology and IT VP's


  2. Great place to learn the inner workings of live sports but hard too grow and don't stay too long or drink the kool-aid

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and experience hands on live television sports environment

    Cons

    too much politics, no work life balance and low pay are the norm there. folks that got there im the late 80's and early 90's have all the key positions and plan on keeping them until retirement

    Advice to Management

    management needs to groom their successors rather then working to eliminate them or turning them on each other


  3. Helpful (1)

    Media Technologies.....Management get a clue how to run your department!

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers to work with!

    Cons

    Media Technologies Management has no clue!

    Advice to Management

    MT Management needs to get a better grip on the day to day operations, both days and nights! Some members of MT Management needs to show their face more often then the department meetings!


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  5. Overrated

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Decent experience

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Some Good but a lot of bad

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ok, but lacking real stuff

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Interesting Culture

    Former Contractor - Controller in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - 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 Management

    Hire some real journalists


  11. TERRIBLE

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

    I have been working at ESPN

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    treat PAs with respect and stop burning thru them



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