ESPN Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
242 Reviews

3.8
242 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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95 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good but a lot of bad

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive starting salary ( i think this is changing for the worse)
    Free gym and on staff nurse
    nice campus, but money should be used to save jobs that are being downsized

    Cons

    Long hours, upper management does not care about staff, it was said in meetings (which are never ending) that you can either advance or have a personal life, you can't have both. Layoffs are still coming because they are funding a new studio and they say in meetings well these layoffs should have happened years ago, as someone who was laid off that did not make me feel any better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop having non stop meetings to go over the same issues the last manager just had a meeting on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too many Chiefs, Not enough Indians

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

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

    Pros

    Subject matter, great people to work with, great location to raise a family

    Cons

    Anyone with an office or a title thinks they are an expert in anything. No trust in their subject matter experts. Anyone with an iPhone thinks they understands mobile and how to build a successful product. The company itself does a terrible job managing their managers. If you get a terrible manager (which seem to outnumber the good ones by a lot) you are doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people who have experience in their industry make tough decisions. Titles should not override performance. Create a better metric to evaluate the performers and make that mean something rather than higher ups that are in meetings all day and don't understand the products that are being built.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Company

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Great place for a sports fan to work. Full time employee are eligible for yearly Disney passes.

    Cons

    Career growth curve varies by business area depending on which department one gets hired into.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

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

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

    Pros

    Working will all co-workers both external and internal

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours, Business layoff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, Lot's of Downsides

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    World Wide Leader in Sports and Broadcasting

    Cons

    Bristol, CT is not for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're next on the chopping block.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice office, Cool having commercials filmed outside your desk

    Cons

    Not very collaborative work environment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    - Culture
    - Benefits
    - Work in sports ( I mean come on, its great)

    Cons

    -Pay less then expected
    - Not much to do in CT
    - Hard to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not to much, they were great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture with exceptional networking opportunities and exposure to executive leadership

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

    I worked at ESPN as an intern

    Pros

    - Fun work environment with a fairly young office (at least in the entry level positions)
    - Great networking opportunities
    - Opportunity to gain experience working on cross-functional teams

    Cons

    - Some busywork as an intern
    - Transportation costs not included within summer pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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 for 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
  11.  

    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.

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