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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

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very fun

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsPeople are cool and management is relaxed. Hours are relaxed nobody looking down your throat counting minutes. Do a good job and people dont care how long you work.

    ConsThere isnt much going on for a young person in the hartford/bristol area. Theres somewhat of a lack of structure from above, takes a very long time for big projects to develop

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

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    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

    Technology and Operations Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsVery exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    ConsLack of focus in determining direction

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

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    Bristol, CT

    ProsComing to work everyday is exciting, offers excellent benefits, top-notch facilities, and unrivaled opportunity for networking in the sports industry.

    ConsConsumes your life, promotions are difficult to come by unless you are very long tenured, it's a corporation and while it sounds glamorous it is a job.

    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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    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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    Alright place to work with negatives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    Prospay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Consethically challenged management at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    ConsConstantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

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

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    Great company, horrible HR

    Senior Applications Architect (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsExcellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    ConsHR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to Senior ManagementAvoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

    Technical Operator (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsThere are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    ConsHaving to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a great opportunity

    Highlight Editor (Former Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    Prosgreat facility, friendly co worker

    Consnone i can think of

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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