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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, especially if you love sports and technology.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Deep rooted in a strong company culture and very team oriented. Plenty of opportunities to grow and forward, out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged... the the main goal to serve the sports fan in the best way possible.

    Cons

    Location, location, location. The headquarters has remained in its original location in the middle of Connecticut. A bit out of the way. However, if small town suburbia and serious winters appeal to your lifestyle, you'll be ok.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome campus atmosphere promoting brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Associate  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    -Sports everywhere, from wall decorations to memorabilia displays to athletes walking around.
    -Great benefits (401k, health, dental, vision) and perks (free gym, huge disney discounts, etc)
    -Always expanding campus with new buildings and new technology

    Cons

    -Could be a bad location depending on what you're looking for
    -Can be difficult to move up depending on department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool Environment but a very small town

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

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

    Pros

    Cool environment, nice people, casual dress.

    Cons

    Low salary, long hours, in the middle of nowhere, promotion process dicey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better, promote based on merit.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Environment, Little Chance to Move Up

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Top Facilities and Talent. Decent Pay.

    Cons

    Lots of horizontal opportunities but little chance of leading the pack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in your offices.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok, but lacking real stuff

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If you like sports, a large company, a matrix environment where mediocre thrives this is the place for you. There are some great fringe benefits thanks to the parent company Disney.

    Cons

    Lifers rule here. People who worked other places with other real life experiences other than Bristol CT typically do not do well here unless they are willing to drink the Kool Aid served in Bristol. People right out of college can learn some things here. Mobility up or laterally is difficult when one self advocates. Do not be discouraged, every year or every other year there is a re-organization where management decides what to do and where you go. Management chooses to under staff and provide limited resources for most projects unless it is one of the two top priorities. Other lower priorities get so prioritized they end up taking extended time 1-2 years to complete or are forgot about all together. HR and other HR employee support people sponsor events at ESPN. These events are all show and no substance. They go through the motions but really do not truly care for and about the employees and their families. Core Medical and Dental benefits are governed by Disney and they are abysmal. Worst core benefits received in my whole career. Great potential but Disney is choking ESPN's ability to grow. Disney is taking more money out and providing less in Capex and Opex.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many layers at ESPN, starting with the parent relationship with Disney that need to be addressed. ESPN Executive & Sr. Management down through to Middle Management to the people actually doing the work are not cohesive.
    People have provided feedback to annual company surveys. Executive and Sr. Mangement need to listen and more importantly take action on fulfilling the needs of the employees and in turn help grow the company.
    Do not perform a re-organization every year just for the sake of having a re-organization. It is like changing your seat on the titanic, its futile. Provide more mobility for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nanomanaged & Hostile - Subordinates only own management failures, not own successes

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    Former Employee - QA Automation Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay: $60/HR, on-floor cafeteria, plenty of parking

    Cons

    There was about a three month "honeymoon" period and then the real culture appears....
    Hostile, credit robbing and blame ridden culture. Extreme nanomanagement. Work dumbed-down in comparison to job title. Forced into an endless cycle of re-working tests from broken processes instead of fixing the underlying problems. Pointing out failures is treated as treason. Even at $60/HR, there's only so much hostility a person can take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to manage using something other than coercion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing group of people

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    Current Employee - Web Developer Co-op  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Web Developer Co-op in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    The people here are great. The hours are flexible and bosses are very understanding.

    Cons

    Little to know training, you are kind of just thrown into it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been fun and at times very stressful

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    Current Employee - Lead Studio Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Studio Operator in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and meeting athletes

    Cons

    The bosses want their employees to be flexible with their schedules but the bosses aren't as flexible when it comes to working with employees to get their Life to have Balance outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible when it comes to working with employees that want to take company sponsored classes or activities outside of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Low pay, but flexible company

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Very casual dress code, you can wear jeans everyday.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Assistants are treated poorly. Assistants barely make over $40,000 and many of them went to better schools than the attorneys did , or some assistants even have their JD's. Lots of segregation between staff and attorneys, very little interaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat assistants with respect and raise salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting Culture

    Former Employee - Controller  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Controller in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to work with sports, and with fun information.

    Cons

    Unless you know somebody, it will be difficult to get move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real journalists

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