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Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
283 Reviews
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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
  • 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.  

    ESPN is tough to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They say all the right things and there are a lot of benefits offered to employees.
    There are fun and exciting projects and some great people (most are not in management)
    The department I am in is flexible with hours and understanding of family issues and time off requests

    Cons

    Non collaborative, Highly competitive - almost cut throat.
    Diversity - need to be more open to others opinions and points of view
    Boys club!!!
    Old style culture and way of doing business
    Poor communication from executive levels down. (info on a need to know basis)
    Lots of rumors and unhappy employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture
    Change the closed minded people or encourage them to leave
    Hold leaders accountable for their negative actions
    Serious lack of good leadership... develop leaders and support the good one you have!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overrated

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

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

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    * lots of dough sloshing around
    * fun product
    * latest tech
    * many smart people there

    Cons

    * way too many layers of management
    * no accountability since there is so much dough around
    * micromanagement
    * middling benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer layers of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Account Services Representative- Sales assistance on a sales team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Service Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Service Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, great training programs

    Cons

    No movement/promotions, upper management is very unapproachable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Idea of working at ESPN way better than the Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Work with smart people
    Interesting products relevant to any sports fan

    Cons

    Zero Growth Opportunity
    Micro Managed
    Easily replaceable due to desirability of name
    Lack of transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent experience

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

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ESPN name is one that gets ur foot in doors.

    Cons

    Same as most corporations now...stars get more dough, everyone else sort of fights for peanuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think of workers as people, with families, and medical needs, not as ways to reduce the budget when you fire them, or pay them so-so wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Its a job...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Telling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    Cons

    The work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive starting salary ( i think this is changing for the worse)
    Free gym and on staff nurse
    nice campus, but money should be used to save jobs that are being downsized

    Cons

    Long hours, upper management does not care about staff, it was said in meetings (which are never ending) that you can either advance or have a personal life, you can't have both. Layoffs are still coming because they are funding a new studio and they say in meetings well these layoffs should have happened years ago, as someone who was laid off that did not make me feel any better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop having non stop meetings to go over the same issues the last manager just had a meeting on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

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

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

    Pros

    Subject matter, great people to work with, great location to raise a family

    Cons

    Anyone with an office or a title thinks they are an expert in anything. No trust in their subject matter experts. Anyone with an iPhone thinks they understands mobile and how to build a successful product. The company itself does a terrible job managing their managers. If you get a terrible manager (which seem to outnumber the good ones by a lot) you are doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people who have experience in their industry make tough decisions. Titles should not override performance. Create a better metric to evaluate the performers and make that mean something rather than higher ups that are in meetings all day and don't understand the products that are being built.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Watch your back

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Great resume builder. Working for the top entertainment company in the world definitely has it's perks. Working for the worldwide leader in sports is a great talking point for your future employer. Most of the perks come in Bristol though...not if you were in a regional office like I was.

    Cons

    I came into a working environment that was filled with people that had been working together for over 10 years. I was hired because they were making some major new shifts and they needed to staff up accordingly. I was told from the beginning that all input would be welcome as everyone's roles would be changing in the coming years. This was a complete lie. Basically if you're not in with the old boys club, then you'll never be accepted. They will find ways to make it seem like your work doesn't meet their standards, even though others that had been working there for years were producing work that was sub-par to mine. There were some very shady HR practices that led to my separation from the company.

    Don't work here unless you know that you're going to be protected by someone higher up who has had longevity with the company.

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