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ESPN Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
283 Reviews
3.7
283 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.  

    Great Company, Fast Paced, Exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor - Contract in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Editor - Contract in Orlando, FL

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    I learned a lot over the course of my summer here. They were very straightforward with the hours and if there was any overtime they would ask the staff ahead of time if you could stay.

    Cons

    Was not happy on how short the contract was.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ESPN is tough to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They say all the right things and there are a lot of benefits offered to employees.
    There are fun and exciting projects and some great people (most are not in management)
    The department I am in is flexible with hours and understanding of family issues and time off requests

    Cons

    Non collaborative, Highly competitive - almost cut throat.
    Diversity - need to be more open to others opinions and points of view
    Boys club!!!
    Old style culture and way of doing business
    Poor communication from executive levels down. (info on a need to know basis)
    Lots of rumors and unhappy employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture
    Change the closed minded people or encourage them to leave
    Hold leaders accountable for their negative actions
    Serious lack of good leadership... develop leaders and support the good one you have!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid employer with benefits of Disney oversight and influence.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mega multi platform powerhouse leading sports media category. Passionate people. Enormous marketplace reach and prestige. Fair and balanced culture. Innovates within their core and where they must. Creative influencer. Stability due to legacy subscription model and league partnerships.

    Cons

    Long term strategic vision. Can't see beyond bat and ball sports. Organization remains driven by TV. Driven by affiliate, sales, programming and product. Marketing has minimal influence beyond traditional advertising. Millennial a aren't as engaged as the previous generation. Leadership is driven by a good old boys network from within. Challenged with seeing bigger picture largely due to a lack of diverse, experienced talent outside the organization, traditional media and sports. Extremely low pay as they value their brand to influence outsiders to take far below market value. Bonuses are laughable regardless how well the company performs. Doesn't move it people around to grow and develop their skill set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden long term thinking, executive talent pool and innovative risk taking beyond TV. Good talent costs money and requires growth opportunity. Move your people around and higher the best and brightest externally to move the company forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overrated

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Statisics Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great part-time job, great entry level job.

    Cons

    Results driven, Mostly night and weekend hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place for sports nuts

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Fun company to work for
    Great exposure to everything sports

    Cons

    Work long hours, on the road, weekends and holidays
    salary is low in industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Account Services Representative- Sales assistance on a sales team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Service Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Service Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, great training programs

    Cons

    No movement/promotions, upper management is very unapproachable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    meh

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    * lots of dough sloshing around
    * fun product
    * latest tech
    * many smart people there

    Cons

    * way too many layers of management
    * no accountability since there is so much dough around
    * micromanagement
    * middling benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer layers of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    World Wide leader in ....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is challenging and never dull. The people I work with are great. There are on site amenities for all your needs.

    Cons

    Not much career growth or guidance. If your looking for advancement then this may not be the best choice. They seem to only advance non critical employees (middle management, PMO staff etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The many layered management structure they have is not necessary. The organization would likely work better in a matrix type of structure allowing groups to share critical resources and maximizing productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay to start but typical fearful big corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    You work for the leading sports media company in the world with tons of resources. You can learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Once in middle management, the politics is stifling. If you like being a robot, you'll do great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate that you take responsibility for your decisions instead of working through lower level management to execute your directions. Allow your managers and supervisors to run their groups without unnecessary and constant micro-management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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