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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.  

    Great company, horrible HR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Avoid 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technical Operator in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Having 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ESPN is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT- Contract  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - IT- Contract in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
     - Beautiful offices
     - Love sports enthusiasts

    Cons

    - Contract positions have end dates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    a great opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Highlight Editor  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Highlight Editor in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    great facility, friendly co worker

    Cons

    none i can think of

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ops Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Ops Producer in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    This is the epicenter of sports coverage - every sport, every day.

    Cons

    You're churning it out, like a factory for sports coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget that it's the people that make the experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for! Tons for perks and everyone genuinely wants you to succeed.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    You learn so much through your work and they switch you on projects/accounts so that you are never bored. I am able to work from home as needed and never are expected to work on the weekends.

    Cons

    A lot of people need to be fired and replaced with people who are younger, brighter, and able to come up with better ways to improve current processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull for more promotions, not just assignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, great atmosphere to work in...Bristol is a pretty boring place to live.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    At ESPN, there are tons of great and knowledgeable people to meet and work with everyday. The campus is gorgeous and there are multitude of employee perks and benefits. The salary is extremely competitive depending on your level of experience.

    Cons

    It does seem like everyone wants to be on TV. There is a slight lack of respect for the behind the scenes tech-folks outside of the technology department. Bristol CT is not the most fun place on the planet (sarcasm). Other than that, no much negative to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Cp TV  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Cp TV in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    people, resources, access, life, location

    Cons

    people, location, size, food, cafeteria

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work!!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    Great co-workers and definitely a great benefits package. Being a Disney employee has great perks also. You are challenged to be innovative quite frequently and are frequently asked to contribute to high visibility projects. The core group of digital media designers and developers contribute to a large percentage of the digital projects.

    Cons

    Vertical promotions peak after a while. Once you reach a certain position, there's not much room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better opportunities for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good first job, good benefits and training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor I  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT

    Pros

    They are good at what they do and you receive top notch training. Fun, fast paced workplace and, of course, sports!

    Cons

    Huge company, very corporate and low industry wage, at least as of 10 years ago.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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