ESPN Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
246 Reviews
3.9
246 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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97 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love ESPN

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay and good management.

    Cons

    I do not find any cons. I think the scheduling is a little tough but overall is a great place to work.

  2.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stats Analyst  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Stats Analyst in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They invest in employees and provide good benefits. Very good work environment. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Change can be slow, as with most big companies. This prevents a lot of good feedback from being fully implemented. Most entry-level jobs (and many middle-management roles) require night/weekend/holiday hours. Because of demand most entry-level roles are underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring smart people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome place to work and succeed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    They care about you! Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance

    Cons

    24/7/265 because of these hours, you can't please everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get behind the education push for those who want to pursue advanced degrees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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

    I have been working at ESPN for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoy the flexibility in schedules and the feeling of a community throughout the entire company. Very relaxed environment

    Cons

    Haven't been here long enough to find any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication flowing and continue to take advice from those "below" you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ESPN is a great company focused on developing its people and serving it's fans.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    They are flexible and supportive and have great growth opportunities. It's like a family there.

    Cons

    24/7 environment. No matter how great they are about work/life/balance.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    values, oppotunity, expertise, thought leadership of entire workforce, esp senior management. professional development and management training commitments.

    Cons

    compensation below industry standard norms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't have any at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not that exciting once you are in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Perfect for place to work if you love sports.Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Need to invest in people and resources/technology. Make sure you ask questions about your pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication. There is a lack of leadership and overall company strategy. I came from organizations where the heads of the company would share the vision and strategy of business. I was shocked this didn't happen at ESPN. Each department does not work together or even know each other. Company headquarters are in Bristol so if you are not there you cant take advantage of all the perks. Different departments should collaborate with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting, yet often dull

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Allowed me to have an insider perspective of operations for ESPN Radio. I especially enjoyed utilizing data analysis to back up/research host(s) talking points.

    Cons

    At times there was simply a lack of work. Some hosts were less than generous in helping find work or projects during those times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns to independently create additional projects on certain key topics/segments that hosts are interested in further exploring.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Idea of working at ESPN way better than the Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Work with smart people
    Interesting products relevant to any sports fan

    Cons

    Zero Growth Opportunity
    Micro Managed
    Easily replaceable due to desirability of name
    Lack of transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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