ESPN Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. Associate Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Lots of perks. Lots of autonomy with the position.

    Cons

    Sometimes Departments do not synergize well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward.


  2. Overall Rating

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, clean and safe facility, staff are very nice and professional

    Cons

    Compensation is low, even if you work for ESPN for 10+ years, you still can get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not layoff loyal employees


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Benefits & Promotions from within

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits from day one Average wages Promotes from within company Cash company bonuses Cross training available Great employees Great corporate discounts

    Cons

    Micromanagement from mid level managers Outdated review process Creativity not always welcome in certain positions. Sometimes mid level management obtains a "this is the way we have always done it" attitude

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the ability to think outside the box and inspire creativity. Allow employees to foster business relationships Mid level management plays favorites within certain departments, and favoritism is not always production based.


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  5. HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients, good benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Horrible manager, low pay, commute, and not a lot of career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Train managers before you promote them


  6. Helpful (2)

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, competitive salary and annual bonus.

    Cons

    Being a Disney entity and currently enduring high costs to purchase the rights to sports events, Disney is forcing ESPN to cut their budget. ESPN has done away with annuity pension plan, is getting rid of staff with higher salaries and annual bonuses are much smaller than in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Need to appreciate their staff more and promote teamwork. Need to bring in IT talent that understands where the industry is headed and can upgrade the company enterprise systems with flexibility to accommodate the new requirements.


  7. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Marketing and Promotions Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing and Promotions Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent people. Amazing sports entertainment brand.

    Cons

    Harder to gain a full-time opportunity than I assumed.


  8. Helpful (1)

    ESPN

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  9. ESPN Digital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay if you come in at a good starting rate.

    Cons

    was difficult to promote or give raises to any of my employees. Being a woman here is a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to women.


  10. Fun Job, Quiet Area

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    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Designer in Bristol, CT
    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.


  11. Great internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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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