ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
245 Reviews
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245 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.  

    A great place to work!!!!

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for 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
  2.  

    Good first job, good benefits and training.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor I  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor I in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr.QA Analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 for less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Decent Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Process Analyst in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Great place for a sports fan to work. Full time employee are eligible for yearly Disney passes.

    Cons

    Career growth curve varies by business area depending on which department one gets hired into.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

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

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

    Pros

    Working will all co-workers both external and internal

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours, Business layoff

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

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Nice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    Cons

    Not very collaborative work environment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    World Wide Leader in Sports and Broadcasting

    Cons

    Bristol, CT is not for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're next on the chopping block.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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