ESPN
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www.espn.go.com Bristol, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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92% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(39 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

    Associate Art Director (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsSubject matter, great people to work with, great location to raise a family

    ConsAnyone with an office or a title thinks they are an expert in anything. No trust in their subject matter experts. Anyone with an iPhone thinks they understands mobile and how to build a successful product. The company itself does a terrible job managing their managers. If you get a terrible manager (which seem to outnumber the good ones by a lot) you are doomed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people who have experience in their industry make tough decisions. Titles should not override performance. Create a better metric to evaluate the performers and make that mean something rather than higher ups that are in meetings all day and don't understand the products that are being built.

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

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    Decent Company

    Process Analyst (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsDecent benefits. Great place for a sports fan to work. Full time employee are eligible for yearly Disney passes.

    ConsCareer growth curve varies by business area depending on which department one gets hired into.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Scheduling Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsWorking will all co-workers both external and internal

    ConsSometimes long hours, Business layoff

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

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    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsWorld Wide Leader in Sports and Broadcasting

    ConsBristol, CT is not for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're next on the chopping block.

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

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    Bristol, CT

    ProsNice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    ConsNot very collaborative work environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

    Designer (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    Pros- Relatively stable work environment
    - Depending on the dept. there is some ability to pursue ideas beyond the normal job scope.
    - Investment in technology/creative relating to product is relatively high
    - Usually on the bleeding edge of tech
    - Caliber of talent/competency is on par, higher than average (you do get laggards just like any other company though)
    - Reasonable ability to move to different departments throughout company.
    - Good Benefits / Nice Perks (Free Disney admission)

    Cons- Advancing through the ranks can take longer than other company (see relatively stable work environment in the pros)
    - Pay is on average, lower than other major networks
    - Technology used by employees not directly related to on-air product can be dated and is not given the attention it may deserve.
    - Subject to office politics just like any other company
    - In Bristol, CT

    Advice to Senior Management- Pay needs to be more competitive
    - Consider offering greater incentives to employees for good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Experience to work for a forward-moving company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsWelcoming colleagues and friendly employees, great work atmosphere, good benefits

    ConsHardly any Cons, other then its a little corporate at times and you may be limited sometimes as far as creativity goes

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a point to appreciate the people who work under you

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

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    Great People, Great Place

    Lead Content Editor (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsESPN is filled with remarkable people who just want to put out a great product. The attention to detail and just wanting to be the best

    ConsThere are no real downsides other than as it has gotten so big, it has gotten a little corporate

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways make sure you spend time with those under you

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

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    Value experience to learn production and management

    Content Producer (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsReputable company - Disney. Gateway to move on to other networks.

    ConsLog jam of employees looking for promotion. If you start as a Production Assistant, don't expect to move up the ladder fast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop writing checks for digital buildings and sports that you can't air the championship to.

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

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    It is not like "This is SportCenter" Commercials, but very close

    Programming Intern (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsESPN is world's leader sports media company for a reason. They have a dedicated focus to serve fans and they have the resources and motivation to do so. Everyone there is very nice to the interns and were very open to chat. While it is a big corporation, it has small aspects of a start-up such as ping-pong tables, awesome gym, game rooms, and a social environment in the cafeteria (The Caf).

    ConsSince the industry is constantly changing and ESPN is such a big company the organizational structure can get confusing and frustrating to work with. Senior level work can be cool and meaningful, but it seems like it takes a really long time to reach that level rising within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue embracing the change in the industry and be open to embracing ideas from the bottom up.

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

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