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Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    ESPN is a great company with great benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Sports. Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    No room for headcount so if you are not hired as a full-time employee, goodluck.

    Advice to Management

    Create room for good employees after contracts expire.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Terrible management, LOTS of corporate BS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the beginning, this was a really great place to work. The HQ is amazing and exciting events happen throughout the year (especially in the summer/fall). Work-life balance was encouraged and hours were flexible (you will see many employees arriving between 9-9:30am, leaving by 5pm). Working from home was usually an option and management made you feel like you were valued/important. There is a cafe and gym on-site, as well as ample opportunities to get personal and professional training (First Aid/CPR, Navigating Through Conflict classes, Building Your Emotional Intelligence, etc.) - the wellness team is awesome and personal training is provided if you want it.

    Cons

    It's all a lie. Management will give you amazing benefits when you first start out and then they will break you down after 6-7 months by taking away your benefits and focusing on a lot of negatives. First, say goodbye to "flexible work hours" - even though it's part of the culture to have relaxed hours, certain management will be quick to demand that you are AT your desk at whatever your starting time is, not even a few minutes late. When this isn't something that you were told or expected to do (let alone what you see other people doing) for the first 6 months of working there, it becomes a stressful work environment. Your options to work from home diminish (or completely disappear) and you end up with extra work/projects that aren't even in your job description or business objectives, just for the sake of chaining you to your desk. Middle and upper management are extremely political and take part in these immature games. They expect you to be at your desk 24/7, even as far as expecting you to come in early/leave late without wanting to pay overtime. Oh, and yes they are watching you like a hawk (even though they say they aren't monitoring you). I don't believe this is company wide, but this was my experience working here and I can confidently say ESPN looks like a great place to work, but it really isn't. Like many other reviewers have mentioned, the excitement and shine wears off REALLY quickly, so be prepared to be treated like you are easily replaceable by the lack of trust and respect you end up with over time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing games and encouraging office politics. Be more direct and open-minded. If you say you want to communicate more and be more transparent, PROVE it. Also, stop focusing on the negatives. Respect the people who work for or under you, especially if they are working hard and producing good results.


  3. Great Place To Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small enough company to know who your boss's boss , but is large enough to have the power to get things done. A great end of year bonus was received in each of my four years there.

    Cons

    We had quite a bit of turnover in our department, including five different heads of the department in four years. Getting laid off sucked too.


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  5. Statisics Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great part-time job, great entry level job.

    Cons

    Results driven, Mostly night and weekend hours.


  6. World Wide leader in ....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job is challenging and never dull. The people I work with are great. There are on site amenities for all your needs.

    Cons

    Not much career growth or guidance. If your looking for advancement then this may not be the best choice. They seem to only advance non critical employees (middle management, PMO staff etc).

    Advice to Management

    The many layered management structure they have is not necessary. The organization would likely work better in a matrix type of structure allowing groups to share critical resources and maximizing productivity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Accountant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Accountant in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged. Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot.

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management. Need to offer more vacation.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Overrated

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to Management

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.


  9. Hard life, but worth it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a large company with a lot of resources. If you are lucky enough to end up with a good manager, you have a good attitude, communicate and work hard, you will move up. You get paid decently and can have the opportunity to make OT if working on certain sport. Unless you are REALLY bad at your job, you will get raises and Christmas bonuses every year. I was lucky to have great managers and I worked really hard......then when I worked with another company I could clearly appreciate the high standard levels.

    Cons

    There are opportunities to move up to a certain extent. There is a bottle neck in the production department once you get to the Associate Producer Level. Work/Life balance can suck depending on your job....but remember what the benefits of working and thriving at a company like this can do for your career.


  10. Okay to start but typical fearful big corporate environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You work for the leading sports media company in the world with tons of resources. You can learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Once in middle management, the politics is stifling. If you like being a robot, you'll do great.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate that you take responsibility for your decisions instead of working through lower level management to execute your directions. Allow your managers and supervisors to run their groups without unnecessary and constant micro-management.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Okayish, stay for life company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    NFL, watching n working on cool apps, fixes, WFH as you like it

    Cons

    never join this if you want to grow. Everybody here stays years together and there is not much scope for innovation, best industry practices. Everyone comes in 9.30-5. This is not a typical software company!!! Extra layer of managemental bureaucracy by Assoc. Director. N the like..

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more youngsters n get outta that mentality that you are getting a 'great' amount of work done. You care for the apps, delivery nothing else...



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