ESPN Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
259 Reviews
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259 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.  

    Overall my experience at ESPN was filled with many highs and a few lows.

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

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

    Pros

    Working for a big entertainment company, getting paid to watch sports, being a part of an operation that puts a great product on TV and seeing your efforts pay off.

    Cons

    Low salary, late hours, bad bosses, interoffice politics, living in Bristol if you are based there, dealing with corporate downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to do a better job of making sure they retain valuable employees and recognizing the efforts of such workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best companies on the planet.

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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

    Incredibly complex and challenging technical problems to solve.
    World class facilities.
    Blue collar work ethic - everyone works hard!
    Sports + Technology

    Cons

    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT
    Bristol, CT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place if you are a sports fan

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I am as big a sports fan as you can get....benefits were great and pay was decent.

    Cons

    Even though it has been a company priority there is no work/life balance and those promoted are not always the most deserving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of your offices and take a look at what the people who do the day to day business are actually doing...too many in upper management don't realize what functions the people they manage are responsible for at work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for! Tons for perks and everyone genuinely wants you to succeed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Coordinator in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    You learn so much through your work and they switch you on projects/accounts so that you are never bored. I am able to work from home as needed and never are expected to work on the weekends.

    Cons

    A lot of people need to be fired and replaced with people who are younger, brighter, and able to come up with better ways to improve current processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull for more promotions, not just assignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, but too much bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about various aspects of live TV. Exciting work environments.

    Cons

    Awful pay. Too many power hungry managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for their hard work like you claim to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern

    Pros

    Team environment, amazing brand, friendly people. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Not very much cons, great experience overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 5d6ba139@opayq.com
    Current Employee - 5d6ba139@opayq.com

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. If you love sports and like a fast paced environment, this is the job for you. Overall a great place to launch a career.

    Cons

    Long hours and traveling was constant. Sometimes management seemed incompetent and company goals were not clear at times.

  9.  

    good management

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work for if you like sports

    Cons

    too much sport if you dont like sports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify to other sports

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great atmosphere, energetic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    can reach out to EVPs anytime

    Cons

    Bristol area is not very entertaining

  11.  

    Great people, great atmosphere to work in...Bristol is a pretty boring place to live.

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

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

    Pros

    At ESPN, there are tons of great and knowledgeable people to meet and work with everyday. The campus is gorgeous and there are multitude of employee perks and benefits. The salary is extremely competitive depending on your level of experience.

    Cons

    It does seem like everyone wants to be on TV. There is a slight lack of respect for the behind the scenes tech-folks outside of the technology department. Bristol CT is not the most fun place on the planet (sarcasm). Other than that, no much negative to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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