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Great company, horrible HR

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Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect  in  Bristol, CT
Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

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

Pros

Excellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

Cons

HR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Avoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Its a job...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Telling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    Cons

    The work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Operator  in  Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Technical Operator in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Having to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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