ESPN
3.7 of 5 231 reviews
www.espn.go.com Bristol, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

ESPN Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.7 231 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

ESPN President John Skipper

John Skipper

(89 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
231 Employee 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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    Get in, get what you need and get out

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsBig name on your resume to build a career off of.

    ConsLocation, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLeader in their space and constantly evolving company

    ConsMatrix organization with multiple reporting structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue investing in growth opportunities

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    Work Hard Play Hard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsElite event access, fair wages, fringe benefits that make it really worth putting in the extra effort

    ConsMonolithic hierarchy makes it hard for new employees to gain responsibility and credibility, long hours, relentless commitment to excellence

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive newbies a shot at real responsibility, especially temps and interns

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    Awesome time working at this cutting edge company

    Manager, Video Production (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWork in a fast-paced environment with a collaborative staff and engaging managers.

    ConsIt is difficult to move up quickly with the huge amount of full time staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best company I have ever worked for

    Scout (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company that provides sports information to college teams and websites.

    ConsSmaller company so HR questions were not immediately answered, but were within a few days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change a thing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, horrible HR

    Senior Applications Architect (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsHR 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 Senior ManagementAvoid 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a decent environment - too much hierarchical issues IMO.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was interesting to work at a place like ESPN; defintely cool to see how the stuff you see on television gets made in person.

    ConsI thought there were too many heirarchical issues - low man on the totem pole will get the axe even if the problem had nothing to do with them, but I guess that's just corporate America.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

    Technical Operator (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsHaving 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a job...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsTelling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    ConsThe work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyed working as an intern for the ESPY awards

    ESPY Green Team Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat work experience and pay
    Get to be around well-known people with experience

    ConsCrazy hours and schedule
    Not enough rest time during work

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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