ESPN Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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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. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Production Operations in Bristol, CT
    Former Intern - Production Operations in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Unlimited access to anything you'd want to learn
    - Excellent communication from supervisors
    - Great resume builder
    - You get to meet some cool people

    Cons

    - You have to pay for housing
    - If you're a production intern, your hours are matched to your supervisor's, so your schedule can be luck of the draw

  2. Great place to learn the inner workings of live sports but hard too grow and don't stay too long or drink the kool-aid

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and experience hands on live television sports environment

    Cons

    too much politics, no work life balance and low pay are the norm there. folks that got there im the late 80's and early 90's have all the key positions and plan on keeping them until retirement

    Advice to Management

    management needs to groom their successors rather then working to eliminate them or turning them on each other

  3. The world of ESPN

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

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Perks, Great People...For the most part.

    Cons

    Department. If you don't have a good leader the odds are against you doing well. Being a large company, hard to advance in the career you wish.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees. Some do but a lot don't. If you treat your employees well, the product will be even better. Your talent will stay and not feel they have to seek out other opportunities.

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  5. Successful company, great brand . . . plenty of politics

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    35-year record of successful growth
    Recognizable brands
    Smart, enthusiastic people

    Cons

    MAJOR politics, especially at higher levels
    Lack of true innovation

  6. ESPN is at the forefront of sports media and it shows in the breadth of experience they are able to offer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ESPN has the greatest reach and resources of any company in its field.
    ESPN is at the frontier of the way sports are covered and broadcasted to the masses, and they encourage their employees to push their own limits.
    ESPN is growing and has been fluorishing for years.
    ESPN is owned by Disney, which provides great benefit packages for employees.

    Cons

    ESPN headquarters are located in Bristol, CT, which is a very rural and unexciting place to live and work.
    ESPN, like any other major corporation, can be rich with politics.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Media Technologies.....Management get a clue how to run your department!

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers to work with!

    Cons

    Media Technologies Management has no clue!

    Advice to Management

    MT Management needs to get a better grip on the day to day operations, both days and nights!
    Some members of MT Management needs to show their face more often then the department meetings!

  8. Current Employee Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESPN Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ESPN Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture, benefits, resources available to you in your position

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for personal growth

  9. Digital Sales Planner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of talented and innovative people, great perks (have been able to make it a few games in my time here), and there is room for growth as turnover is pretty quick, with many colleagues getting promoted.

    Cons

    Still very Corporate, which can be a turn off to some, but is expected. The

  10. Great team

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent environment!

    Cons

    Limited room for growth opportunities

  11. It was very cool to work in the sports scene, but you don't get to enjoy the sports at all.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    You get to see famous athletes. You also get to meet some very nice people but don't expect them to be your friends.

    Cons

    The hours were horrible. You don't have a set schedule so planning things in advance is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    I think that you should have more of a structure for schedule. But i realize that it can also be impossible because you have thousands of people to manage.

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