ESPN Reviews

Updated July 16, 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. Fun Job, Quiet Area

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN

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

    Pros

    If you like sports, ESPN is a great place to work (obviously). The work itself is very interesting. There was a TV at every desk and employees could watch sports games and sportscenter all day. The campus is very nice, the facilities are great, and there is a terrific gym on the premises.

    Cons

    The downside was that it was in a very quiet, remote part of Connecticut. Most people live in West Hartford, which is a great little city, but it's two hours from New York and two hours from Boston. As someone just out of college I would have preferred a more active area.

    Advice to Management

    ESPN has a laid back atmosphere and a nice campus. The perks are nice but the pay is a little low. Compensating workers better might be nice.


  2. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stability, Benefits, Exposure, Opportunity, Atmosphere

    Cons

    Large Company Tough to move up.


  3. Helpful (3)

    ESPN Video Editor Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Editor 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

    Creative flexibility, great people, excellent benefits, loyal company, high quality product, room for advancement, good communication, great facilities, good compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy politics, management communication issues, struggle for upward mobility, low moral, inconsistent employee skill level, lack of significant training, lack of investment in employee wellness


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  5. senior engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN

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

    Pros

    Brest in class nd free food at times

    Cons

    Nothing exactly to describe and wonder

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Still reorganizing sand cutting

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    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    facilities, equipment, perks, Disney benefits

    Cons

    under cost pressure from Disney


  7. Helpful (1)

    It was a great learning experience and propelled me into my current job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a great asset for your resume and you make valuable contacts. Those contacts helped me later in my career.

    Cons

    The salary for PA's is a little low. It's not close to a major city. Starting at an entry level position it's easy to get lost in production.

    Advice to Management

    I felt it was easy to get lost in the shuffle among upper management. Maybe meeting with CP's a few more times a year to review your recent work might help.


  8. Statisics Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Great part-time job, great entry level job.

    Cons

    Results driven, Mostly night and weekend hours.


  9. World Wide leader in ....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    The job is challenging and never dull. The people I work with are great. There are on site amenities for all your needs.

    Cons

    Not much career growth or guidance. If your looking for advancement then this may not be the best choice. They seem to only advance non critical employees (middle management, PMO staff etc).

    Advice to Management

    The many layered management structure they have is not necessary. The organization would likely work better in a matrix type of structure allowing groups to share critical resources and maximizing productivity.


  10. Hard life, but worth it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a large company with a lot of resources. If you are lucky enough to end up with a good manager, you have a good attitude, communicate and work hard, you will move up. You get paid decently and can have the opportunity to make OT if working on certain sport. Unless you are REALLY bad at your job, you will get raises and Christmas bonuses every year. I was lucky to have great managers and I worked really hard......then when I worked with another company I could clearly appreciate the high standard levels.

    Cons

    There are opportunities to move up to a certain extent. There is a bottle neck in the production department once you get to the Associate Producer Level. Work/Life balance can suck depending on your job....but remember what the benefits of working and thriving at a company like this can do for your career.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable and exciting workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Manager 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

    Fun atmosphere, good benefits, plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, time-off policy for entry level workers is sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the workers who make the company a fun place to work.



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