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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
282 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okayish, stay for life company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay to start but typical fearful big corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, horrible HR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    Cons

    HR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

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

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

    Pros

    There are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Having to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good first job, good benefits and training.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are good at what they do and you receive top notch training. Fun, fast paced workplace and, of course, sports!

    Cons

    Huge company, very corporate and low industry wage, at least as of 10 years ago.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent Company

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Great place for a sports fan to work. Full time employee are eligible for yearly Disney passes.

    Cons

    Career growth curve varies by business area depending on which department one gets hired into.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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