ESPN Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. ESPN is at the forefront of sports media and it shows in the breadth of experience they are able to offer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ESPN has the greatest reach and resources of any company in its field.
    ESPN is at the frontier of the way sports are covered and broadcasted to the masses, and they encourage their employees to push their own limits.
    ESPN is growing and has been fluorishing for years.
    ESPN is owned by Disney, which provides great benefit packages for employees.

    Cons

    ESPN headquarters are located in Bristol, CT, which is a very rural and unexciting place to live and work.
    ESPN, like any other major corporation, can be rich with politics.

  2. Digital Sales Planner

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    Current Contractor - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of talented and innovative people, great perks (have been able to make it a few games in my time here), and there is room for growth as turnover is pretty quick, with many colleagues getting promoted.

    Cons

    Still very Corporate, which can be a turn off to some, but is expected. The

  3. Great team

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent environment!

    Cons

    Limited room for growth opportunities

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  5. Helpful (1)

    It was a great learning experience and propelled me into my current job.

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great asset for your resume and you make valuable contacts. Those contacts helped me later in my career.

    Cons

    The salary for PA's is a little low. It's not close to a major city. Starting at an entry level position it's easy to get lost in production.

    Advice to Management

    I felt it was easy to get lost in the shuffle among upper management. Maybe meeting with CP's a few more times a year to review your recent work might help.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive (Ad Sales)

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun innovative company which is a part of a larger orgnaization with numerous career opportunities

    Cons

    Overworked and layered structure which impedes business

  7. Great Place

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    Former Employee - Technical Director in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at ESPN part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved the general manager and the station engineer. Both were great to work for.

    Cons

    Not a ton of money, but worth it if you love sports and radio broadcasting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. ESPN is a great place to work!

    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ESPN boasts many smart people and decent work/life balance. ESPN also has quality leadership and a can-do spirit.

    Cons

    ESPN could do better when it comes to providing more competitive compensation packages. That would be my main criticism.

  9. Great Company, Fast Paced, Exciting

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    Former Employee - Editor - Contract in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Editor - Contract in Orlando, FL

    I worked at ESPN

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot over the course of my summer here. They were very straightforward with the hours and if there was any overtime they would ask the staff ahead of time if you could stay.

    Cons

    Was not happy on how short the contract was.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Solid employer with benefits of Disney oversight and influence.

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mega multi platform powerhouse leading sports media category. Passionate people. Enormous marketplace reach and prestige. Fair and balanced culture. Innovates within their core and where they must. Creative influencer. Stability due to legacy subscription model and league partnerships.

    Cons

    Long term strategic vision. Can't see beyond bat and ball sports. Organization remains driven by TV. Driven by affiliate, sales, programming and product. Marketing has minimal influence beyond traditional advertising. Millennial a aren't as engaged as the previous generation. Leadership is driven by a good old boys network from within. Challenged with seeing bigger picture largely due to a lack of diverse, experienced talent outside the organization, traditional media and sports. Extremely low pay as they value their brand to influence outsiders to take far below market value. Bonuses are laughable regardless how well the company performs. Doesn't move it people around to grow and develop their skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden long term thinking, executive talent pool and innovative risk taking beyond TV. Good talent costs money and requires growth opportunity. Move your people around and higher the best and brightest externally to move the company forward.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place for sports nuts

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun company to work for
    Great exposure to everything sports

    Cons

    Work long hours, on the road, weekends and holidays
    salary is low in industry.

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