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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
242 Reviews

3.8
242 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    I enjoy the flexibility in schedules and the feeling of a community throughout the entire company. Very relaxed environment

    Cons

    Haven't been here long enough to find any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication flowing and continue to take advice from those "below" you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sexual harassment endless, Fraternity Feel, Big egos, Small pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    Opportunity to actively work on productions from the start, great to see work one has accomplished make it on-air, good movement between sports and departments

    Cons

    Work atmosphere is abysmal, horrible conditions for young women who are harassed daily, solicitations on the job, files filled with complaints and no punishments. Absolutely frat feel, little openness to new ideas, good old boys club, only advance if you know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your butt and actually makes some legitimate sexual harassment policies instead of "we deal with each matter as it comes up" which essentially means we ignore and take no responsibility for anyone. Lead by example, stop hiring big egos and friends of friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    ESPN name is one that gets ur foot in doors.

    Cons

    Same as most corporations now...stars get more dough, everyone else sort of fights for peanuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think of workers as people, with families, and medical needs, not as ways to reduce the budget when you fire them, or pay them so-so wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    There 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Production Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Consumes 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Constantly 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    Recognition 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The people make this a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    The perks and discounts are fantastic

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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