ESPN Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
246 Reviews
3.9
246 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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97 Ratings

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.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not that exciting once you are in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perfect for place to work if you love sports.Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Need to invest in people and resources/technology. Make sure you ask questions about your pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication. There is a lack of leadership and overall company strategy. I came from organizations where the heads of the company would share the vision and strategy of business. I was shocked this didn't happen at ESPN. Each department does not work together or even know each other. Company headquarters are in Bristol so if you are not there you cant take advantage of all the perks. Different departments should collaborate with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting, yet often dull

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Allowed me to have an insider perspective of operations for ESPN Radio. I especially enjoyed utilizing data analysis to back up/research host(s) talking points.

    Cons

    At times there was simply a lack of work. Some hosts were less than generous in helping find work or projects during those times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns to independently create additional projects on certain key topics/segments that hosts are interested in further exploring.

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  5.  

    world wide leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Announcer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Announcer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at ESPN part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great place and SOOO fun

    Cons

    dont expect rapid advancement,, there is a lot of ;paying your dues'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keep on doiin what youre doin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible brand to be associated with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing

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

    Pros

    Offer some of the greatest media products and brands, and has, and uses, their leverage to get distribution. Everyone will return your call.

    Cons

    Club-like setting of old-boys network. Non-insiders will not be advanced and club members will be protected in any downsizing, regardless of talent or value to business advancement. Unfortunately employees quickly find that your career will be better served by making friends with the right group and assuring that you cover yourself, than trying to move the business forward. Definitely a second set of rules and evaluations for employees that are connected to the original Bristol thread. An unusually large percentage of management have poor people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh management on media networks side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great perks but old-school company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working at ESPN was a great experience allowing for a lot of exposure to the sports industry. Meet athletes, go to award shows, see the X-games - all great experiences. I worked in digital and it was an exciting part of the company - lots of cool and interesting collaborations with brands happening here.

    Cons

    The company is owned by Disney. As such, it's a pretty old school company. There is a lot of slow moving bureaucracy and out-dated policies - at least when I was working there. I think it definitely largely depends on the clients you have, the market you work in and the product. ESPN can be a great company but sometimes the division of teams doesn't set one up for success. You also need to be great at internal politics to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get what you need and get out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Big name on your resume to build a career off of.

    Cons

    Location, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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