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
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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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    Very fun

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsPeople are cool and management is relaxed. Hours are relaxed nobody looking down your throat counting minutes. Do a good job and people dont care how long you work.

    ConsThere isnt much going on for a young person in the hartford/bristol area. Theres somewhat of a lack of structure from above, takes a very long time for big projects to develop

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

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    Event Staff (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsVolunteerism and philanthropy are highly valued here.

    ConsThe X Games left LA for Austin, TX.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopeful the X Games will someday return to Los Angeles, CA.

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

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    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

    Technology and Operations Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsVery exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    ConsLack of focus in determining direction

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

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    Incredible brand to be associated with.

    Affiliate Sales & Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsOffer some of the greatest media products and brands, and has, and uses, their leverage to get distribution. Everyone will return your call.

    ConsClub-like setting of old-boys network. Non-insiders will not be advanced and club members will be protected in any downsizing, regardless of talent or value to business advancement. Unfortunately employees quickly find that your career will be better served by making friends with the right group and assuring that you cover yourself, than trying to move the business forward. Definitely a second set of rules and evaluations for employees that are connected to the original Bristol thread. An unusually large percentage of management have poor people management skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRefresh management on media networks side.

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

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    Production Intern (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsComing to work everyday is exciting, offers excellent benefits, top-notch facilities, and unrivaled opportunity for networking in the sports industry.

    ConsConsumes your life, promotions are difficult to come by unless you are very long tenured, it's a corporation and while it sounds glamorous it is a job.

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

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    ESPN has an incredible amount of smart and talented employees, but is the bloom coming off the rose?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosclearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family

    Consorganization can feel siloed and you can see the impact of the pressures of the increased competition in the sports media landscape

    Advice to Senior ManagementSkipper has done a solid job so far, but some of the cultural strength of the organization left with Bodenheimer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you love sports, this is the place to work. We cover sports in a way that no one else can and the work we do is pretty amazing, most of the time. Its also a fun place to work with good people.

    ConsThe Bristol location can be difficult, unless you want to live in CT. Can't commute there from the city, so if you want to be in the city, the only possible jobs are in marketing, research and ad sales. Most everything else is in Bristol. Two other cons are salary (because so many want to work here, there's little incentive for the company to pay well) and no leaves, so career advancement can be slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to look at advancement, promotions, rewards a little more creatively. And I also feel that we don't do enough to cross-pollinate people and ensure that as you progress in the company you get a broad understanding of the business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's not just a job ... it's your life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsPeople look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    ConsRecognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosnice campus, people are friendly

    Conshas a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The people make this a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsThe perks and discounts are fantastic

    ConsLong hours and low pay

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

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