ESPN Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    If you are not working in technology I'm sure you are going to love this company.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People actually have passion about the company and its end goal. Most of the people are FANS of the network and LOVE working here. They treat people well and with respect and make sure that the environment is nice.

    Cons

    While ESPN is definitely a leader in sports and TV/Satellite technology, if your focus is technology as in software and application development then this is not a place you want to come. Lots of legacy and crappy code. There's not really a lot of innovation, lots of copy/paste tasks and no clear prospect of this ending as you never have time to fix things. There's also a lot of politics between teams trying to agree who manages what and then blaming each other when things go south.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some really good Technology and IT VP's


  2. Needs to compensate production assistants better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    exposed to a myriad of learning experiences

    Cons

    Need to do a much better job compensating their production assistants

    Advice to Management

    Please revisit the compensation structure


  3. Great place to learn the inner workings of live sports but hard too grow and don't stay too long or drink the kool-aid

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and experience hands on live television sports environment

    Cons

    too much politics, no work life balance and low pay are the norm there. folks that got there im the late 80's and early 90's have all the key positions and plan on keeping them until retirement

    Advice to Management

    management needs to groom their successors rather then working to eliminate them or turning them on each other


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Media Technologies.....Management get a clue how to run your department!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers to work with!

    Cons

    Media Technologies Management has no clue!

    Advice to Management

    MT Management needs to get a better grip on the day to day operations, both days and nights! Some members of MT Management needs to show their face more often then the department meetings!


  6. Helpful (1)

    ESPN is tough to work for

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  7. Overrated

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. meh

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

    I worked at ESPN

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    fewer layers of management


  9. Account Services Representative- Sales assistance on a sales team.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great training programs

    Cons

    No movement/promotions, upper management is very unapproachable


  10. Helpful (3)

    Idea of working at ESPN way better than the Experience

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Decent experience

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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