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ESPN Reviews in Bristol, CT

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
295 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 14 reviews)

  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to maintain work-life balance ( depending on your postion) (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  3.  

    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    Decent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Nice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    Cons

    Not very collaborative work environment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Experience to work for a forward-moving company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 as an intern (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
  10.  

    Lower Pay, Generally High Caliber Talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT

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

    Great People, Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (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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