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Great company, horrible HR

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT
Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT

I have been working at ESPN full-time (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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    Work Hard Play Hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor

    Pros

    Elite event access, fair wages, fringe benefits that make it really worth putting in the extra effort

    Cons

    Monolithic hierarchy makes it hard for new employees to gain responsibility and credibility, long hours, relentless commitment to excellence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give newbies a shot at real responsibility, especially temps and interns

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    Best company I have ever worked for

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company that provides sports information to college teams and websites.

    Cons

    Smaller company so HR questions were not immediately answered, but were within a few days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing

    Recommends
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