ESPN Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. News and Information Assistant

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    Former Contractor - News and Information Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - News and Information Assistant in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Have work experience at ESPN on my resume

    Cons

    Crazy working hours
    No flexibility
    Disorganization
    They don't listen to your complaints or new ideas
    Stuck on old ways to work

    Advice to Management

    Be in the office and make sure you know what happens in your group;
    Don't be fake;
    Listen to our complaints;

  2. The world of ESPN

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    Current Employee - Security and Safety in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Security and Safety in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Perks, Great People...For the most part.

    Cons

    Department. If you don't have a good leader the odds are against you doing well. Being a large company, hard to advance in the career you wish.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees. Some do but a lot don't. If you treat your employees well, the product will be even better. Your talent will stay and not feel they have to seek out other opportunities.

  3. Successful company, great brand . . . plenty of politics

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Bristol, CT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    35-year record of successful growth
    Recognizable brands
    Smart, enthusiastic people

    Cons

    MAJOR politics, especially at higher levels
    Lack of true innovation

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Too many Chiefs, to few indians

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    Current Employee - Technology in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technology in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

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

    Pros

    ESPN/Disney has decent compensation and perks. Always work to be done because the company never stops growing.

    Cons

    Way too may mid and senior level managers. Actual workers get little appreciation and less and and less help. Disney needs to go over ESPN management and start making the deadwood (of which there is a ton) retire.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the workers and fire some management. Company has deteriorated since George Bodenhiemer left.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Not at all what I expected!

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    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn specially for those out of college.

    Cons

    There are internal clicks that makes it impossible for someone to develop skills and further their career unless you are part of that click. There is no balance of objectivity or subjectivity when it comes to evaluating employees. They rather rely on third party contractors rather than it's own employees.

    Advice to Management

    There should be an evaluation of the overall business process from the top down to improve.

  7. Helpful (1)

    ESPN is a great company with great benefits.

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    Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits. Sports. Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    No room for headcount so if you are not hired as a full-time employee, goodluck.

    Advice to Management

    Create room for good employees after contracts expire.

  8. Okay to start but typical fearful big corporate environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work for the leading sports media company in the world with tons of resources. You can learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Once in middle management, the politics is stifling. If you like being a robot, you'll do great.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate that you take responsibility for your decisions instead of working through lower level management to execute your directions. Allow your managers and supervisors to run their groups without unnecessary and constant micro-management.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Okayish, stay for life company

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    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NFL, watching n working on cool apps, fixes, WFH as you like it

    Cons

    never join this if you want to grow. Everybody here stays years together and there is not much scope for innovation, best industry practices. Everyone comes in 9.30-5. This is not a typical software company!!! Extra layer of managemental bureaucracy by Assoc. Director. N the like..

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more youngsters n get outta that mentality that you are getting a 'great' amount of work done. You care for the apps, delivery nothing else...

  10. Great experience, but too corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

  11. Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

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