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ESPN Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
295 Reviews
3.8
295 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    ESPN is a great company with great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Sports. Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    No room for headcount so if you are not hired as a full-time employee, goodluck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create room for good employees after contracts expire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Sr. software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    It is quite satisfying to see my work on live TV. I have learned a lot about the technologies behind cameras. Watching football is never as the same as before.

    Cons

    The leadership is not into technologies. There is no clear path for software engineer to grow. The big guys are arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    ESPN

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great environment, smart people, caring leaders

    Cons

    Long work hours, understaffed, work/life balance lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create more opportunities for work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Meeting athletes from all over the sports world. Working with some of the best guys in radio.

    Cons

    The internship had to come to an end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    experience, promotions, covering live events

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Great Job, Good Pay, Fun

    Cons

    Nothing at all it is great

  8.  

    ESPN is a great place to work!

    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    ESPN boasts many smart people and decent work/life balance. ESPN also has quality leadership and a can-do spirit.

    Cons

    ESPN could do better when it comes to providing more competitive compensation packages. That would be my main criticism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Account Executive (Ad Sales)

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun innovative company which is a part of a larger orgnaization with numerous career opportunities

    Cons

    Overworked and layered structure which impedes business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good talent, poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. A lot of talented people doing interesting work (though w/ so many groups and products it might depend on where you land). Opportunity to work on highly visible products.

    Cons

    Every worker seems to have two managers, each of whom have two managers above them and so on. All the groups are silo'd w/ little coordination between the groups. Lots of attention is paid to distinct upcoming events but little interest in lessons learned after the events, process improvement or big picture system improvement. Lots of dependency on old/proprietary technology which has little to no documentation or support. Pay seems to be lower than industry average for the privilege of working for the world wide leader but this is often relative to a variety of factors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take closer look at why problems happen and how to prevent them from happening in the future. Improve coordination between teams. Don't focus exclusively on external product looks and client facing functionality, make investments into the stuff that's under the hood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Editor in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small enough company to know who your boss's boss , but is large enough to have the power to get things done. A great end of year bonus was received in each of my four years there.

    Cons

    We had quite a bit of turnover in our department, including five different heads of the department in four years. Getting laid off sucked too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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