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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated May 30, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 100 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(39 ratings)

78% 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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    It's not just a job ... it's your life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsPeople look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    ConsRecognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The people make this a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThe perks and discounts are fantastic

    ConsLong hours and low pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

    Ops Producer (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThis is the epicenter of sports coverage - every sport, every day.

    ConsYou're churning it out, like a factory for sports coverage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever forget that it's the people that make the experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, great atmosphere to work in...Bristol is a pretty boring place to live.

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsAt ESPN, there are tons of great and knowledgeable people to meet and work with everyday. The campus is gorgeous and there are multitude of employee perks and benefits. The salary is extremely competitive depending on your level of experience.

    ConsIt does seem like everyone wants to be on TV. There is a slight lack of respect for the behind the scenes tech-folks outside of the technology department. Bristol CT is not the most fun place on the planet (sarcasm). Other than that, no much negative to say.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work!!!!

    Senior Designer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat co-workers and definitely a great benefits package. Being a Disney employee has great perks also. You are challenged to be innovative quite frequently and are frequently asked to contribute to high visibility projects. The core group of digital media designers and developers contribute to a large percentage of the digital projects.

    ConsVertical promotions peak after a while. Once you reach a certain position, there's not much room to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better opportunities for employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior QA Analyst (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn

    ConsNo career path defined. Management favored promotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

    Engineer (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsWorld Wide Leader in Sports and Broadcasting

    ConsBristol, CT is not for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're next on the chopping block.

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

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    Intern (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsNice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    ConsNot very collaborative work environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

    Designer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    Pros- Relatively stable work environment
    - Depending on the dept. there is some ability to pursue ideas beyond the normal job scope.
    - Investment in technology/creative relating to product is relatively high
    - Usually on the bleeding edge of tech
    - Caliber of talent/competency is on par, higher than average (you do get laggards just like any other company though)
    - Reasonable ability to move to different departments throughout company.
    - Good Benefits / Nice Perks (Free Disney admission)

    Cons- Advancing through the ranks can take longer than other company (see relatively stable work environment in the pros)
    - Pay is on average, lower than other major networks
    - Technology used by employees not directly related to on-air product can be dated and is not given the attention it may deserve.
    - Subject to office politics just like any other company
    - In Bristol, CT

    Advice to Senior Management- Pay needs to be more competitive
    - Consider offering greater incentives to employees for good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Value experience to learn production and management

    Content Producer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsReputable company - Disney. Gateway to move on to other networks.

    ConsLog jam of employees looking for promotion. If you start as a Production Assistant, don't expect to move up the ladder fast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop writing checks for digital buildings and sports that you can't air the championship to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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