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ESPN Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
283 Reviews
3.7
283 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okayish, stay for life company

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than an 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Associate Manager, Brand and Consumer Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get to work with people as passionate about sports as you are, the benefits are great, and often there is opportunity to learn and develop skill sets. You meet athletes and gain experience working with various departments internally and externally. It's overall a positive work environment but that is heavily dependent on your immediate group.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get promoted, and often you must change departments in order to ascend unless you are in the right place at the right place. It is also very low pay from coordinator through manager level. I think they can get away with that since the demand to work at this company is so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the intentions of upper management are good, however I feel that clear indicators for promotion and higher pay are needed to retain good talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (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
  7.  

    Not that exciting once you are in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    Interesting, yet often dull

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

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an 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.

  9.  

    world wide leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Announcer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Announcer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Incredible brand to be associated with.

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (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

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