ESPN Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    ESPN Video Editor Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  3. Great Company but a lot of layers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operations in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Production Operations in Tuscaloosa, AL

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

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

    Pros

    ESPN and Disney could not be a better employer. They truly work to make the employment experience about much more than work. The benefits are great and the incentives are motivating.

    Cons

    Like many large corporations, there are many layers of bureaucracy to deal with. 90% of the time, the people doing the best work are rewarded and compensated for their efforts. But you'll see the squeaky wheel get the grease 10% of the time and that can be pretty frustrating.


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  5. Great Company

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; family friendly

    Cons

    Located in high cost of living region.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. ESPN, Inc.

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People that work here are the best in the business, and a work/life balance is strongly encouraged. The company is is position to succeed in the long term.

    Cons

    ...depending on the department, you're not really paid like you're best in the business. Sometimes you get caught up in the fact that you work on sports and entertainment, and forget that your equals/colleagues in the industry are probably being paid 15-20% more than you are.

    Advice to Management

    ESPN should be viewed in the same realm as a Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc. -- we need to compete for talent in the same pools, and need more comparable practices.


  7. Strong Culture, Slow Advancement for Mid-Level Execs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Clear vision from leadership. Sports and media are fun. Disney stock options.

    Cons

    As the business has matured and the linear TV business contracts, advancement opportunities for mid-level execs have become extremely scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to only preach innovation but incentivize it.


  8. Needs to compensate production assistants better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    exposed to a myriad of learning experiences

    Cons

    Need to do a much better job compensating their production assistants

    Advice to Management

    Please revisit the compensation structure


  9. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing
    Former Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing

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

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

    Pros

    Greatest product to be associated with. Unlimited leverage with buyers.

    Cons

    Weak management in affiliate sales, starting at the top. Little room for advancement if you are not part of Bristol blue blazer group. Best experience if you were born and raised in CT. Few actual athletes, mainly ex-statisticians and team manager types. With recent management changes, environment could get better and more strategic.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Leadership, Opportunity, Knowledge of the Industry, Benefits

    Cons

    It is a great company, but they can lower your salary because the positions are in high demand.


  11. Network engineer

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

    I worked at ESPN

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

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere among employee task groups and a system where hard work truly pays off

    Cons

    A very competitive work force to join and takes time to move up in the ranks if not an on screen talent

    Advice to Management

    Change hiring process to allow fewer hirings so current employees can grow upon success and not be stuck in same position even tho over qualified



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