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ESPN Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
282 Reviews
3.8
282 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    2012 assoc. op review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    disney tickets, yrly bonus, raises, discounts, downtown

    Cons

    hours, bad off days, location, values,management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run away. It is a toxic, morale killer. It is not a place for professionals.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    It was a great place to work for years. That has changed. They finally got smart enough to give 3 weeks of vacation so you can actually use your Disney passes.

    Cons

    Management is changing direction like a monkey swinging from a tree. Directors and above have a sweet thing going. They are very busy selfishly maneuvering and networking up without a care for the direction of their staff or the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Probably the worst place I've ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Not a lot is expected of you so you can work a standard 9 - 5.

    Cons

    The managers don't actually know how to manage. They certainly don't know how to lead. The company has a very old way of thinking. Their philosophy is that they need to keep doing partnerships with other companies to bring in more money at the expense of fans. Fans are the last person thought about when decisions are made.

    Even though the name looks good on my resume, I'm actually embarrassed of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sexual harassment endless, Fraternity Feel, Big egos, Small pay

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to actively work on productions from the start, great to see work one has accomplished make it on-air, good movement between sports and departments

    Cons

    Work atmosphere is abysmal, horrible conditions for young women who are harassed daily, solicitations on the job, files filled with complaints and no punishments. Absolutely frat feel, little openness to new ideas, good old boys club, only advance if you know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your butt and actually makes some legitimate sexual harassment policies instead of "we deal with each matter as it comes up" which essentially means we ignore and take no responsibility for anyone. Lead by example, stop hiring big egos and friends of friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The shine wore off very quickly

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    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You love sports. You know your boss personally. You program in Java. and love Disney.

    Cons

    Project employees are treated like 2nd class. Company values on the card don't hold true in real life. Kiss up kick down culture. Knowing the existing domain is far more highly valued than technical skill. Very immature technical culture that is not interested in keeping with the times. Beware the project employee; it's just an internal contract that is over with the project with reduced benefits. I can't recommend it to anyone, let alone a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive pay. TV's on every wall (if you like sports).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    on field, great experience that I didn't realize would show me the intro into Sport Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    up-tempo, quick paced, very nice people, name brand, ESPN!

    Cons

    just demanding and right then and there type of thing

  8.  

    Excellent Advancement Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    A different experience than what I had expected. More work than Play.

    Cons

    I wish they knew how to pay the hardest workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please share some bonuses and find ways to make employees feel welcomed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Advertising Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working in sports...that's about it!

    Cons

    HORRIBLE Compensation, horrible office in NYC, NO ACCESS to sporting event tickets unless you work higher up, horrible benefits, no growth to advance your career!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you dont want to have to go through constant attrition, pay your employees better!

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nanomanaged & Hostile - Subordinates only own management failures, not own successes

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    Former Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Good pay: $60/HR, on-floor cafeteria, plenty of parking

    Cons

    There was about a three month "honeymoon" period and then the real culture appears....
    Hostile, credit robbing and blame ridden culture. Extreme nanomanagement. Work dumbed-down in comparison to job title. Forced into an endless cycle of re-working tests from broken processes instead of fixing the underlying problems. Pointing out failures is treated as treason. Even at $60/HR, there's only so much hostility a person can take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to manage using something other than coercion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worldwide Leader in Dysfunction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Great BRAND.
    Direct Access to On-air Talent.
    Sports All Day/All the Time.
    Dominance in the Sports Media Industry.
    Great Diversity, Campus, and Team Building Events.

    Cons

    Siloed and competing groups all doing the same thing.
    Lack of consistent, cohesive Technology Processes and/or Standards across all divisions of the organization.
    Promotions based on length of tenure versus quality of work output.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like any large organization, your experience will be dependent on the group you end up in. My hope is that the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" consolidates their technology departments and moves towards a singular cohesive strategy for content delivery. They should also evaluate employees based on equitable, quantifiable, measurable standards versus subjective perceptions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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