ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
259 Reviews
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259 Reviews
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Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 13 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 14 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    ESPN Production crew

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good atmosphere, skews young, for the most part treated fairly, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Schedule/hours pay could be more competitive, becoming too corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sports Dream Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at ESPN has a lot of perks. You are part of thee preeminent sports company in the world and the opportunities to work in a number of career paths are broad. Depending on your job, you get to work with many celebrities and former athletes. You also get the benefits of being a Disney cast member (complementary entrance to theme parks and discounts on anything Disney).

    Cons

    Being a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation means that you will likely work nights and weekends. ESPN is the final destination for many in the sports field and because of that, I believe they are able to pay less in salary since interest working at ESPN is always in high demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to entry-level and those who do most of the work under management. You'll see a better product and happier staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people I worked with. The compensation was good for a college student. I enjoyed watching sports and getting paid.

    Cons

    The hours working were not the best for a college student. Early mornings and late afternoons. It was hard to get a raise and or a promotion starting off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's not just a job ... it's your life

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    Recognition 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ops Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Ops Producer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget that it's the people that make the experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr.QA Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    No career path defined. Management favored promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better opportunities for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    World Wide Leader in Sports and Broadcasting

    Cons

    Bristol, CT is not for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're next on the chopping block.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    Cons

    Not very collaborative work environment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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