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A scattered, cool, unpaid internship experience.

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Former Intern - Promotions Intern in New York, NY
Former Intern - Promotions Intern in New York, NY

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

Pros

-Networking with important people
-Workshops (executives come in and speak)
-Penn Plaza

Cons

-No real skills improved
-did not set me up for future employment

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Help better present different career paths in the industry. This was in an internship at 98.7 FM ESPN Radio

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  1. A great experience with a lot of promising opportunities for part time and full-employment

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    Current Intern - Production Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Production Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great culture, lively, active, fast-paced, small

    Cons

    Dress Attire is very casual, short hours

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    More work efficiency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ok, but lacking real stuff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If you like sports, a large company, a matrix environment where mediocre thrives this is the place for you. There are some great fringe benefits thanks to the parent company Disney.

    Cons

    Lifers rule here. People who worked other places with other real life experiences other than Bristol CT typically do not do well here unless they are willing to drink the Kool Aid served in Bristol. People right out of college can learn some things here. Mobility up or laterally is difficult when one self advocates. Do not be discouraged, every year or every other year there is a re-organization where management decides what to do and where you go. Management chooses to under staff and provide limited resources for most projects unless it is one of the two top priorities. Other lower priorities get so prioritized they end up taking extended time 1-2 years to complete or are forgot about all together. HR and other HR employee support people sponsor events at ESPN. These events are all show and no substance. They go through the motions but really do not truly care for and about the employees and their families. Core Medical and Dental benefits are governed by Disney and they are abysmal. Worst core benefits received in my whole career. Great potential but Disney is choking ESPN's ability to grow. Disney is taking more money out and providing less in Capex and Opex.

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    There are so many layers at ESPN, starting with the parent relationship with Disney that need to be addressed. ESPN Executive & Sr. Management down through to Middle Management to the people actually doing the work are not cohesive.
    People have provided feedback to annual company surveys. Executive and Sr. Mangement need to listen and more importantly take action on fulfilling the needs of the employees and in turn help grow the company.
    Do not perform a re-organization every year just for the sake of having a re-organization. It is like changing your seat on the titanic, its futile. Provide more mobility for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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