ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
243 Reviews

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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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  1.  

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

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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 for 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
  2.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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    Former Employee - Ops Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Ops Producer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for 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
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr.QA Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for 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
  6.  

    A great place to work!!!!

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    Cons

    Not very collaborative work environment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Value experience to learn production and management

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    Current Employee - Content Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Producer in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very neat place to work; compensation a tough sell

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    Former Employee - Statistics  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Statistics in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to the best in the sports journalism field is tremendous. Being part of the worldwide machine was a neat and unforgettable experience.

    Cons

    The compensation isn't very competitive (at least relative to other entry-level opportunities elsewhere). Most of the available roles tended to be on the production/content side versus the business/marketing/etc. side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it's a solid place to spend part of one's career, please raise the compensation for the employees. Help them not feel like they're always having to make a significant and explicit trade-off between enjoying their work and earning competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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