ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
247 Reviews
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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.  

    Amazing Experience to work for a forward-moving company

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

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

    Pros

    Welcoming colleagues and friendly employees, great work atmosphere, good benefits

    Cons

    Hardly any Cons, other then its a little corporate at times and you may be limited sometimes as far as creativity goes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a point to appreciate the people who work under you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    - Relatively stable work environment
    - Depending on the dept. there is some ability to pursue ideas beyond the normal job scope.
    - Investment in technology/creative relating to product is relatively high
    - Usually on the bleeding edge of tech
    - Caliber of talent/competency is on par, higher than average (you do get laggards just like any other company though)
    - Reasonable ability to move to different departments throughout company.
    - Good Benefits / Nice Perks (Free Disney admission)

    Cons

    - Advancing through the ranks can take longer than other company (see relatively stable work environment in the pros)
    - Pay is on average, lower than other major networks
    - Technology used by employees not directly related to on-air product can be dated and is not given the attention it may deserve.
    - Subject to office politics just like any other company
    - In Bristol, CT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay needs to be more competitive
    - Consider offering greater incentives to employees for good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great People, Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    ESPN is filled with remarkable people who just want to put out a great product. The attention to detail and just wanting to be the best

    Cons

    There are no real downsides other than as it has gotten so big, it has gotten a little corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always make sure you spend time with those under you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Value experience to learn production and management

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    Current Employee - Content Producer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Producer in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Reputable company - Disney. Gateway to move on to other networks.

    Cons

    Log jam of employees looking for promotion. If you start as a Production Assistant, don't expect to move up the ladder fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop writing checks for digital buildings and sports that you can't air the championship to.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is not like "This is SportCenter" Commercials, but very close

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    ESPN is world's leader sports media company for a reason. They have a dedicated focus to serve fans and they have the resources and motivation to do so. Everyone there is very nice to the interns and were very open to chat. While it is a big corporation, it has small aspects of a start-up such as ping-pong tables, awesome gym, game rooms, and a social environment in the cafeteria (The Caf).

    Cons

    Since the industry is constantly changing and ESPN is such a big company the organizational structure can get confusing and frustrating to work with. Senior level work can be cool and meaningful, but it seems like it takes a really long time to reach that level rising within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue embracing the change in the industry and be open to embracing ideas from the bottom up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very neat place to work; compensation a tough sell

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    Former Employee - Statistics  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Statistics in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to the best in the sports journalism field is tremendous. Being part of the worldwide machine was a neat and unforgettable experience.

    Cons

    The compensation isn't very competitive (at least relative to other entry-level opportunities elsewhere). Most of the available roles tended to be on the production/content side versus the business/marketing/etc. side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it's a solid place to spend part of one's career, please raise the compensation for the employees. Help them not feel like they're always having to make a significant and explicit trade-off between enjoying their work and earning competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A good place to start your career, but you won't stay long.

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Fun and exciting place to work.

    Lots of fun people work there, and you'll be spending a lot of time with them in and out of work.

    ESPN people are a definite clique in Bristol, which can be a Pro or Con.

    The company picnic at Lake Compounce is a great time.

    Cons

    Pay is low because it can be. There's no shortage of resumes coming to this place, so they don't have to pay much to get people to fill roles. Instead they pay you in the ability to say "I work at ESPN" and put those four letters on your resume when you do leave. If you're like most people, you'll make just enough to scratch by living in a small apartment in Bristol.

    Rather high turnover, because they hire a lot of young people who get their feet wet, get a little ESPN experience, then get the heck out of Bristol for a better city with more pay.

    Bristol is an ugly, boring, somewhat run down little town. You may move out here from someplace else to start that "Dream Job" at ESPN, only to find yourself in a place that isn't exactly full of entertainment options and quite a bit worn in places. Not a knock on the company, per se, but may negatively effect your morale and desire to be here.

    Not going to lie; drugs & booze are most definitely prevalent in this companies subculture.

    Don't step out of line or HR will punish you severely here. People can, have, and will be fired over the silliest little non-politically correct office prank, joke, or questionable email. They can publish racy photos of naked athletes in ESPN the Magazine, but share those photos at work or (God forbid) display them in your cubicle - that's a trip to sensitivity training with HR, or worse.

    There really aren't college sports mascots walking around the halls. ;-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training could be improved to make sure people know what they're doing, and if you want to retain your people you need to pay them.

    Don't be so PC. It's hypocritical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for growth
    Great benefits
    Willing to take risks
    Relaxed work environment
    Company focuses on work/life balance and provides opportunity for employees families to be a part of life at work

    Cons

    Might be a little too big
    The company can be set in their ways in some respects
    Communication and collaboration between areas can be weak leading to duplication of effort

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work with good opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to enhance my knowledge in the IT field.

    Cons

    No cons at this time

  11.  

    Limited growth opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Great Disney perks
    Decent benefits
    Good work life balance
    Awesome daycare for employees only

    Cons

    Lot of politics in promotions
    Lack of financial discipline in making deals and launching new programs
    Poor communication from senior leaders to employees
    Mediocre senior leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to place more effort in developing employees, beyond just making it a company priority for just one year and providing minimal communication around what is being done. Recent downsizing efforts is a simple reflection of failure in business strategy and lack of financial discipline whereby initiatives were pursued without sufficient analysis being done on whether the financial numbers warranted the initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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