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ESPN Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
69 Reviews
3.0
69 Reviews
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69 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Too many Chiefs, to few indians

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    ESPN/Disney has decent compensation and perks. Always work to be done because the company never stops growing.

    Cons

    Way too may mid and senior level managers. Actual workers get little appreciation and less and and less help. Disney needs to go over ESPN management and start making the deadwood (of which there is a ton) retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the workers and fire some management. Company has deteriorated since George Bodenhiemer left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learned a lot, met a lot of people

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

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Sports
    it's ESPN
    Learning a lot
    gym and cafeteria on sight, also have intramural sports

    Cons

    Very hard to get a full time position in certain areas
    Tough hours, but that does come with sports
    Bristol isn't for everybody

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not at all what I expected!

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn specially for those out of college.

    Cons

    There are internal clicks that makes it impossible for someone to develop skills and further their career unless you are part of that click. There is no balance of objectivity or subjectivity when it comes to evaluating employees. They rather rely on third party contractors rather than it's own employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be an evaluation of the overall business process from the top down to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    ESPN is a great company with great benefits.

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Sports. Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    No room for headcount so if you are not hired as a full-time employee, goodluck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create room for good employees after contracts expire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Sr. software engineer

    • 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

    Pros

    It is quite satisfying to see my work on live TV. I have learned a lot about the technologies behind cameras. Watching football is never as the same as before.

    Cons

    The leadership is not into technologies. There is no clear path for software engineer to grow. The big guys are arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good talent, poorly managed

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. A lot of talented people doing interesting work (though w/ so many groups and products it might depend on where you land). Opportunity to work on highly visible products.

    Cons

    Every worker seems to have two managers, each of whom have two managers above them and so on. All the groups are silo'd w/ little coordination between the groups. Lots of attention is paid to distinct upcoming events but little interest in lessons learned after the events, process improvement or big picture system improvement. Lots of dependency on old/proprietary technology which has little to no documentation or support. Pay seems to be lower than industry average for the privilege of working for the world wide leader but this is often relative to a variety of factors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take closer look at why problems happen and how to prevent them from happening in the future. Improve coordination between teams. Don't focus exclusively on external product looks and client facing functionality, make investments into the stuff that's under the hood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ESPN

    • 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

    Pros

    The name ESPN carries a lot of weight and can be great experience and looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    The hours and finding time off for vacation is difficult. There also seems to be a constant subtraction of benefits that really made it fun to work here. I work all Holidays and we used to have the option of using those days for others days during the year. Now they have taken that away and so I now only have two weeks off a year. Time off with Family is important to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and praise the work that the employees do. Don't take that for granted. That won't always been the case if the benefits for employees continue to decrease. It is also nice to be appreciated for hard work and the long hours the lower end employees put in to make it work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Okay to start but typical fearful big corporate environment

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

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

    Pros

    You work for the leading sports media company in the world with tons of resources. You can learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Once in middle management, the politics is stifling. If you like being a robot, you'll do great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate that you take responsibility for your decisions instead of working through lower level management to execute your directions. Allow your managers and supervisors to run their groups without unnecessary and constant micro-management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okayish, stay for life company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    NFL, watching n working on cool apps, fixes, WFH as you like it

    Cons

    never join this if you want to grow. Everybody here stays years together and there is not much scope for innovation, best industry practices. Everyone comes in 9.30-5. This is not a typical software company!!! Extra layer of managemental bureaucracy by Assoc. Director. N the like..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more youngsters n get outta that mentality that you are getting a 'great' amount of work done. You care for the apps, delivery nothing else...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Use to be great

    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, nice work environment

    Cons

    Waaaaay to many levels of mgt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting so much money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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