ESPN Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
261 Reviews
3.9
261 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 13 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 14 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Face paced, challenging and professional

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Support Intern in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Support Intern in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Has a very competitive atmosphere that motivates employees towards excellence. People are generally happy with their jobs and are all working towards the same goal. Executives do a great job of relaying the companies vision to all employees.

    Cons

    Bristol is a difficult city to live in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment

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

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor

    Pros

    Talent and work ethic pay off at ESPN. When you work as a freelancer on remote events, you're only as good as your last show. This generally cultivated an atmosphere of hard working individuals who cared about what they did.

    Cons

    Working as a freelancer requires a lot of travel. For those who value their home life, it's a difficult job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Highly talented people, fantastic resources and budgets, great access, awesome culture

    Cons

    A few prickly personalities that you have to learn how to handle. Difficult upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Got to visit and shadow other departments as well as the one I was interning with. Bonded with the other interns. Got to listen to a lot of great speakers.

    Cons

    There were really no cons to working with ESPN. It was fun, upbeat, and I was always busy helping out and doing my own projects.

  6.  

    Amazing Experience to work for a forward-moving company

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

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Welcoming colleagues and friendly employees, great work atmosphere, good benefits

    Cons

    Hardly any Cons, other then its a little corporate at times and you may be limited sometimes as far as creativity goes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a point to appreciate the people who work under you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People, Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Content Editor in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    ESPN is filled with remarkable people who just want to put out a great product. The attention to detail and just wanting to be the best

    Cons

    There are no real downsides other than as it has gotten so big, it has gotten a little corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always make sure you spend time with those under you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an 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
  9.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Awesome campus atmosphere promoting brand

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (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

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