ESPN Reviews

Updated August 1, 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
  • Needs improvement on work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • The long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position (in 17 reviews)

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  1. ESPN

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Love for sports definitely intrigued me and kept my interest at work. Love the atmosphere created by coworkers as well.

    Cons

    Kind of a one dimensional company. If you don't have a passion for sports, then not a wise decision to work here.


  2. Fun Job, Quiet Area

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN

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

    Pros

    If you like sports, ESPN is a great place to work (obviously). The work itself is very interesting. There was a TV at every desk and employees could watch sports games and sportscenter all day. The campus is very nice, the facilities are great, and there is a terrific gym on the premises.

    Cons

    The downside was that it was in a very quiet, remote part of Connecticut. Most people live in West Hartford, which is a great little city, but it's two hours from New York and two hours from Boston. As someone just out of college I would have preferred a more active area.

    Advice to Management

    ESPN has a laid back atmosphere and a nice campus. The perks are nice but the pay is a little low. Compensating workers better might be nice.


  3. Great internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great learning experience and everybody was willing to help develop your career and teach you what they were doing

    Cons

    more day to day tasks than long term projects


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  5. Editorial Graphics Producer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Graphics Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Graphics Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, everyone has complete freedom to share ideas and contribute beyond his/her everyday roles, some of those ideas get used on shows like SportsCenter. It's a great culture. There's big opportunity for growth and advancement. ESPN is a great company to work for. They care about employees and implement ideas suggested to improve work life. If you follow the program, do what's asked of you while also going beyond what's asked of you and find ways to make an impact whether it be on the bottom line, new technology or equipment that can benefit what we do, it can lead to greater success and opportunities. ESPN is owned by Disney which controls the benefits. There are some good perks including free access to Disney Parks, discounts on hotels, shows and other events or activities not just associated with Disney. Headquarters has a gym that is free to use. It's a big place but a good place especially once you find your niche. Perform your job well and it will benefit you and get others including those in managerial/executive positions- to like you and think highly of you which can go a long way.

    Cons

    It can sometimes take a while to get promoted, salary, raises and bonuses aren't the highest, it can be corporate and you must abide by/follow the corporate hierarchy. It can be demanding and expectations are extremely high. Sometimes it's a grind but most find it rewarding and worth it. Cost-cutting decisions sometimes get made. It's a big place and while everyone is open and friendly, it's a tough place to be new and takes time to fit in and get the hang of things. They have their way of operating and stick to it for the most part. Most employees work really hard.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries, merits and bonuses, provide more help, direction and better communication about what's going on across the company. There should be more transparency throughout the year when it comes to feedback opposed to waiting until review time and more of a willingness to change some of the minor, everyday items and way of doing things at the department levels to operate more efficiently.


  6. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stability, Benefits, Exposure, Opportunity, Atmosphere

    Cons

    Large Company Tough to move up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company to work for.

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ESPN is at the heart of sports television, the job can be difficult but it is fun. There are amazing benefits such as free access to all Disney Parks, Discounts at all Disney stores, and national discounts from many other companies that partner with Disney. the company promotes growth and advancement. Open door policy throughout the company (including CEO with appointment)

    Cons

    because you are working in TV, schedules and hours can suck. Health plan is not great.


  8. Helpful (1)

    If you are not working in technology I'm sure you are going to love this company.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People actually have passion about the company and its end goal. Most of the people are FANS of the network and LOVE working here. They treat people well and with respect and make sure that the environment is nice.

    Cons

    While ESPN is definitely a leader in sports and TV/Satellite technology, if your focus is technology as in software and application development then this is not a place you want to come. Lots of legacy and crappy code. There's not really a lot of innovation, lots of copy/paste tasks and no clear prospect of this ending as you never have time to fix things. There's also a lot of politics between teams trying to agree who manages what and then blaming each other when things go south.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some really good Technology and IT VP's


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital/Mobile Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital/Mobile Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at ESPN (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very smart people, creative environment and great work/life balance

    Cons

    not as much opportunity for upward movement since people stay for a long time


  10. Long hours, low pay, great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    You work with the best in the business and if you get on a good show/shift you will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Takes forever to move up, computers are scarce, long hours for production, not great pay for the time you put in. Run by people who have no idea about the production dept.

    Advice to Management

    Production assistants should start at a higher salary. Promote based on merit.


  11. Helpful (3)

    ESPN Video Editor Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Bristol, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Creative flexibility, great people, excellent benefits, loyal company, high quality product, room for advancement, good communication, great facilities, good compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy politics, management communication issues, struggle for upward mobility, low moral, inconsistent employee skill level, lack of significant training, lack of investment in employee wellness



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