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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not just a job ... it's your life

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

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

    Pros

    People look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    Cons

    Recognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, horrible HR

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

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

    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
  6.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

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

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

    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
  7.  

    ESPN is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT- Contract in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - IT- Contract in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - Contract positions have end dates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    a great opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Highlight Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Highlight Editor in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    great facility, friendly co worker

    Cons

    none i can think of

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you love sports, this is your dream job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Ops Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - 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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than a 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
  11.  

    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

    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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