ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
259 Reviews
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Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to maintain work-life balance ( depending on your postion) (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    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
  3.  

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

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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 (more than 3 years)

    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
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  5.  

    great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Cp TV in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Cp TV in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    people, resources, access, life, location

    Cons

    people, location, size, food, cafeteria

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good first job, good benefits and training.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    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
  7.  

    A great place to work!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Bristol, CT

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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr.QA Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    No career path defined. Management favored promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Face paced, challenging and professional

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Support Intern in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Support Intern in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Has a very competitive atmosphere that motivates employees towards excellence. People are generally happy with their jobs and are all working towards the same goal. Executives do a great job of relaying the companies vision to all employees.

    Cons

    Bristol is a difficult city to live in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive starting salary ( i think this is changing for the worse)
    Free gym and on staff nurse
    nice campus, but money should be used to save jobs that are being downsized

    Cons

    Long hours, upper management does not care about staff, it was said in meetings (which are never ending) that you can either advance or have a personal life, you can't have both. Layoffs are still coming because they are funding a new studio and they say in meetings well these layoffs should have happened years ago, as someone who was laid off that did not make me feel any better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop having non stop meetings to go over the same issues the last manager just had a meeting on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Subject matter, great people to work with, great location to raise a family

    Cons

    Anyone with an office or a title thinks they are an expert in anything. No trust in their subject matter experts. Anyone with an iPhone thinks they understands mobile and how to build a successful product. The company itself does a terrible job managing their managers. If you get a terrible manager (which seem to outnumber the good ones by a lot) you are doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people who have experience in their industry make tough decisions. Titles should not override performance. Create a better metric to evaluate the performers and make that mean something rather than higher ups that are in meetings all day and don't understand the products that are being built.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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