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ESPN Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 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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    X Games Event Staff

    Event Staff (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsVolunteerism and philanthropy are highly valued here.

    ConsThe X Games left LA for Austin, TX.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopeful the X Games will someday return to Los Angeles, CA.

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

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    It's not just a job ... it's your life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsPeople look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    ConsRecognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ESPN has an incredible amount of smart and talented employees, but is the bloom coming off the rose?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosclearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family

    Consorganization can feel siloed and you can see the impact of the pressures of the increased competition in the sports media landscape

    Advice to Senior ManagementSkipper has done a solid job so far, but some of the cultural strength of the organization left with Bodenheimer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you love sports, this is the place to work. We cover sports in a way that no one else can and the work we do is pretty amazing, most of the time. Its also a fun place to work with good people.

    ConsThe Bristol location can be difficult, unless you want to live in CT. Can't commute there from the city, so if you want to be in the city, the only possible jobs are in marketing, research and ad sales. Most everything else is in Bristol. Two other cons are salary (because so many want to work here, there's little incentive for the company to pay well) and no leaves, so career advancement can be slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to look at advancement, promotions, rewards a little more creatively. And I also feel that we don't do enough to cross-pollinate people and ensure that as you progress in the company you get a broad understanding of the business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The people make this a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsThe perks and discounts are fantastic

    ConsLong hours and low pay

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

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    It was a good experience that provided me with a lot of opportunity.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was a cool atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy to be there and everyone from the janitors to the President was willing to talk to you. It's a great place to work and they seem to really care about their employees. Many activities to bring every one together.

    ConsThe long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position.

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

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    Worldwide Leader

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTons of resources at your disposal. Energetic work atmosphere. Disney Perks

    ConsAt times lots of hurdles to get to use the resources.

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

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    Very rewarding

    Sales Operations (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat brand, exposure to many parts of the business, some great managers

    ConsVery political. In many cases an old boys club. Decisions are slowed down due to matrix management structure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Inside the World Wide Leader

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat place to work, but not like the commercials

    Perks - Zero tickets to games. Best perk is the Disney passes
    Benefits - The doctors I see say the benefits package I have is pretty good
    Promotions - are hard to come by.

    ConsLack of promotions and low compensation lead to this being a pretty cutthroat place. Very typical to have multiple people fighting for expanded roles and assignments in the hopes of advancement.

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

     

    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLeader in their space and constantly evolving company

    ConsMatrix organization with multiple reporting structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue investing in growth opportunities

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