ESPN Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
246 Reviews
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246 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)

  • Great team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    It is not like "This is SportCenter" Commercials, but very close

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

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    ESPN is world's leader sports media company for a reason. They have a dedicated focus to serve fans and they have the resources and motivation to do so. Everyone there is very nice to the interns and were very open to chat. While it is a big corporation, it has small aspects of a start-up such as ping-pong tables, awesome gym, game rooms, and a social environment in the cafeteria (The Caf).

    Cons

    Since the industry is constantly changing and ESPN is such a big company the organizational structure can get confusing and frustrating to work with. Senior level work can be cool and meaningful, but it seems like it takes a really long time to reach that level rising within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue embracing the change in the industry and be open to embracing ideas from the bottom up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for growth
    Great benefits
    Willing to take risks
    Relaxed work environment
    Company focuses on work/life balance and provides opportunity for employees families to be a part of life at work

    Cons

    Might be a little too big
    The company can be set in their ways in some respects
    Communication and collaboration between areas can be weak leading to duplication of effort

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome campus atmosphere promoting brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Associate  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Sports everywhere, from wall decorations to memorabilia displays to athletes walking around.
    -Great benefits (401k, health, dental, vision) and perks (free gym, huge disney discounts, etc)
    -Always expanding campus with new buildings and new technology

    Cons

    -Could be a bad location depending on what you're looking for
    -Can be difficult to move up depending on department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Environment, Little Chance to Move Up

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Top Facilities and Talent. Decent Pay.

    Cons

    Lots of horizontal opportunities but little chance of leading the pack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in your offices.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was great

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    You must be passionate of working with sports or you will be very dissatisfied.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Upbeat & fun, but you'd better be a team player.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Editor
    Current Employee - General Editor

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    High esprit de corps, a sense of fun to be there, to be able to contribute, and a brand you can be proud of.

    Cons

    They love their meetings, which can be tough if you're coming from a looser, more spontaneous creative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love to see more national jobs based at their LA campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern at Chicago office

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

    I worked at ESPN part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning experience! I got to meet a lot of cool people and make connections that have helped me at future jobs.

    Cons

    A lot of long hours and days but it pays off! :) The events are a great atmosphere to network.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at ESPN for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great working enviourment company at bangalore

    Cons

    No cons about this company and working culture is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    ESPN provides tremendous opportunities and treats people as the core asset that they are

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Amazing career potential
    - Great amount of flexibility
    - SIgnificant efforts to help employees balance work/life
    - Interesting work
    - Huge variety in opportunities within company

    Cons

    - Typical "Big" company problems
    - Some pay discrepancy
    - Sometimes slow advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to see management paying closer attention to initiatives and projects beyond the most obvious or most publicly visible ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Do it

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

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Opportunity to Network and Excel

    Cons

    ESPN best place to work in the wrost place in the world. Bristol CT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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