ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
246 Reviews
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246 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.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stats Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Stats Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They invest in employees and provide good benefits. Very good work environment. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Change can be slow, as with most big companies. This prevents a lot of good feedback from being fully implemented. Most entry-level jobs (and many middle-management roles) require night/weekend/holiday hours. Because of demand most entry-level roles are underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring smart people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome place to work and succeed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They care about you! Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance

    Cons

    24/7/265 because of these hours, you can't please everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get behind the education push for those who want to pursue advanced degrees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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

    I have been working at ESPN for less than a year

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

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    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
  7.  

    Decent experience

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    Current Employee - Writer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Writer in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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
  8.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very fun

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  10.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Production Intern

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    Current Employee - Production Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    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

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