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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.6 100 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(39 ratings)

78% 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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    Very neat place to work; compensation a tough sell

    Statistics (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsAccess to the best in the sports journalism field is tremendous. Being part of the worldwide machine was a neat and unforgettable experience.

    ConsThe compensation isn't very competitive (at least relative to other entry-level opportunities elsewhere). Most of the available roles tended to be on the production/content side versus the business/marketing/etc. side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile it's a solid place to spend part of one's career, please raise the compensation for the employees. Help them not feel like they're always having to make a significant and explicit trade-off between enjoying their work and earning competitive salaries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to start your career, but you won't stay long.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsFun and exciting place to work.

    Lots of fun people work there, and you'll be spending a lot of time with them in and out of work.

    ESPN people are a definite clique in Bristol, which can be a Pro or Con.

    The company picnic at Lake Compounce is a great time.

    ConsPay is low because it can be. There's no shortage of resumes coming to this place, so they don't have to pay much to get people to fill roles. Instead they pay you in the ability to say "I work at ESPN" and put those four letters on your resume when you do leave. If you're like most people, you'll make just enough to scratch by living in a small apartment in Bristol.

    Rather high turnover, because they hire a lot of young people who get their feet wet, get a little ESPN experience, then get the heck out of Bristol for a better city with more pay.

    Bristol is an ugly, boring, somewhat run down little town. You may move out here from someplace else to start that "Dream Job" at ESPN, only to find yourself in a place that isn't exactly full of entertainment options and quite a bit worn in places. Not a knock on the company, per se, but may negatively effect your morale and desire to be here.

    Not going to lie; drugs & booze are most definitely prevalent in this companies subculture.

    Don't step out of line or HR will punish you severely here. People can, have, and will be fired over the silliest little non-politically correct office prank, joke, or questionable email. They can publish racy photos of naked athletes in ESPN the Magazine, but share those photos at work or (God forbid) display them in your cubicle - that's a trip to sensitivity training with HR, or worse.

    There really aren't college sports mascots walking around the halls. ;-)

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining could be improved to make sure people know what they're doing, and if you want to retain your people you need to pay them.

    Don't be so PC. It's hypocritical.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsHuge opportunity for growth
    Great benefits
    Willing to take risks
    Relaxed work environment
    Company focuses on work/life balance and provides opportunity for employees families to be a part of life at work

    ConsMight be a little too big
    The company can be set in their ways in some respects
    Communication and collaboration between areas can be weak leading to duplication of effort

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

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    A great place to work with good opportunities

    Associate Manager (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat opportunities to enhance my knowledge in the IT field.

    ConsNo cons at this time

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    Limited growth opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat Disney perks
    Decent benefits
    Good work life balance
    Awesome daycare for employees only

    ConsLot of politics in promotions
    Lack of financial discipline in making deals and launching new programs
    Poor communication from senior leaders to employees
    Mediocre senior leaders

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to place more effort in developing employees, beyond just making it a company priority for just one year and providing minimal communication around what is being done. Recent downsizing efforts is a simple reflection of failure in business strategy and lack of financial discipline whereby initiatives were pursued without sufficient analysis being done on whether the financial numbers warranted the initiatives.

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

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    Great place to work, especially if you love sports and technology.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsDeep rooted in a strong company culture and very team oriented. Plenty of opportunities to grow and forward, out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged... the the main goal to serve the sports fan in the best way possible.

    ConsLocation, location, location. The headquarters has remained in its original location in the middle of Connecticut. A bit out of the way. However, if small town suburbia and serious winters appeal to your lifestyle, you'll be ok.

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

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    Awesome campus atmosphere promoting brand

    Content Associate (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    Pros-Sports everywhere, from wall decorations to memorabilia displays to athletes walking around.
    -Great benefits (401k, health, dental, vision) and perks (free gym, huge disney discounts, etc)
    -Always expanding campus with new buildings and new technology

    Cons-Could be a bad location depending on what you're looking for
    -Can be difficult to move up depending on department

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

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    Cool Environment but a very small town

    Associate Producer (Current Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsCool environment, nice people, casual dress.

    ConsLow salary, long hours, in the middle of nowhere, promotion process dicey.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees better, promote based on merit.

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    Great Environment, Little Chance to Move Up

    Engineer (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsTop Facilities and Talent. Decent Pay.

    ConsLots of horizontal opportunities but little chance of leading the pack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in your offices.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok, but lacking real stuff

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bristol, CT

    ProsIf you like sports, a large company, a matrix environment where mediocre thrives this is the place for you. There are some great fringe benefits thanks to the parent company Disney.

    ConsLifers rule here. People who worked other places with other real life experiences other than Bristol CT typically do not do well here unless they are willing to drink the Kool Aid served in Bristol. People right out of college can learn some things here. Mobility up or laterally is difficult when one self advocates. Do not be discouraged, every year or every other year there is a re-organization where management decides what to do and where you go. Management chooses to under staff and provide limited resources for most projects unless it is one of the two top priorities. Other lower priorities get so prioritized they end up taking extended time 1-2 years to complete or are forgot about all together. HR and other HR employee support people sponsor events at ESPN. These events are all show and no substance. They go through the motions but really do not truly care for and about the employees and their families. Core Medical and Dental benefits are governed by Disney and they are abysmal. Worst core benefits received in my whole career. Great potential but Disney is choking ESPN's ability to grow. Disney is taking more money out and providing less in Capex and Opex.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are so many layers at ESPN, starting with the parent relationship with Disney that need to be addressed. ESPN Executive & Sr. Management down through to Middle Management to the people actually doing the work are not cohesive.
    People have provided feedback to annual company surveys. Executive and Sr. Mangement need to listen and more importantly take action on fulfilling the needs of the employees and in turn help grow the company.
    Do not perform a re-organization every year just for the sake of having a re-organization. It is like changing your seat on the titanic, its futile. Provide more mobility for the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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