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Slippery slope

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Associate Interactive Designer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Associate Interactive Designer in New York, NY

I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

- Good group of people and energy
- Company benefits
- Fairly open work environment

Generally, the people working here are a great bunch. They're passionate about what they do and keep up an atmosphere of camaraderie. That said, you do encounter clique mentality among some departments which seems to happen in large companies like this.

Cons

- Very little room for growth
- Outsource mentality (rarely takes advantage of internal creative resources)
- Sometimes strange management hierarchy
- Work/life balance (hours can be taxing in comparison to the worker benefits)

ESPN does demand a lot from you, and sometimes recognition comes few and far between. Not much time to really live outside of work. It takes way too long to move up the food chain because of very low turnover time. People stay here for about 10+ years. If you're in a junior position you may have to leave to move up, career-wise. There can also be cases of individuals not being fully informed on projects which leads to a lot of back and forth.

Overall, this is an OK company to work for, depending on which department you're in; but a lot of office politics you have to stomach.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be clear and more informed about the workers you oversee. Too often supervisors and VPs are unaware of the work/skills of the people they manage.

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    Get Centered and Make Friends

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Art Director in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    The Perks and the benefits: Disney park access and loads of discounts.

    Cons

    No growth unless you know the right people and shake the right hands within the core groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create real job definitions so that people actually know when they're going above and beyond instead of the above-and-beyond becoming their job description.

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    Neutral Outlook
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    Interesting Culture

    Former Employee - Controller in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Controller in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with sports, and with fun information.

    Cons

    Unless you know somebody, it will be difficult to get move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real journalists

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