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ESPN Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.7 233 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(90 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    world wide leader

    Announcer (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    Prosgreat place and SOOO fun

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

    Advice to Senior Managementjust keep on doiin what youre doin

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

    Technology and Operations Analyst (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsVery exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    ConsLack of focus in determining direction

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incredible brand to be associated with.

    Affiliate Sales & Marketing (Current Employee)

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

    ConsClub-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 Senior ManagementRefresh management on media networks side.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Alright place to work with negatives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    Prospay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Consethically challenged management at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsConstantly 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great perks but old-school company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Get in, get what you need and get out

    Engineer (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLocation, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, horrible HR

    Senior Applications Architect (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsExcellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    ConsHR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to Senior ManagementAvoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a decent environment - too much hierarchical issues IMO.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was interesting to work at a place like ESPN; defintely cool to see how the stuff you see on television gets made in person.

    ConsI thought there were too many heirarchical issues - low man on the totem pole will get the axe even if the problem had nothing to do with them, but I guess that's just corporate America.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

    Technical Operator (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThere are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    ConsHaving to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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