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Meh.

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Current Employee - Department Assistant in New York, NY
Current Employee - Department Assistant in New York, NY

I have been working at NBA

Pros

The NBA is a cool place to work on "name" alone, and that can carry you for about two years before the excitement wears off. The benefits are really good... healthcare is great and after 3 years the company matches 1.5% of your salary per year you've been there and contributes it to your 401K (up to 15%). From what I've seen, most managers are pretty cool about giving their direct reports flexibility in terms of work/life balance, but that can obviously vary. If you like sports or entertainment (or you're just one of those annoying star chasers), this company is definitely interesting.

Cons

The NBA fails at some of the most important things. While benefits are good, pay isn't really good at any level. To compound the problem, there is very limited room for growth/upward mobility. (Note: the league office certainly pays better than individual teams, at least in most cases). Promotions are given inconsistently and only once a year... it is only possible to get one out of cycle if you are leaving. But if someone else leaves and you take on their responsibilities midway through the cycle, you can forget about a raise at that time. Another thing that should be noted, and it is part of the reason for this, is that the league is in terrible financial standing. Google it, David Stern has talked in depth about the league bleeding money, which is why there will be a lockout in 2011. After the lockout, once the player pay structure is fixed, some of these financial issues may go away. Until then, you should be wary of getting a job at the NBA, because some layoffs will most definitely occur when the lockout hits. You're probably wondering how likely this lockout is... most of the company, including senior management, think it is a near certainty.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I would suggest that the executive level managers at this company become more realistic. First of all, incentivize people to do well. Stop paying like crap. Don't insist that people have on specialty that they can never deviate from. Come to grips with reality... your fan base will not multiply to match the size of the NFL/MLB fan bases by screaming at people and demeaning them.

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    Best league for professional development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBA

    Pros

    Some of the brightest minds in the sports world are working here, makes for a great environment. People are passionate about what they do, which is inspiring.

    Cons

    Nobody ever retires or leaves, so promotions come very slowly. Also, very bureaucratic, so don't expect anything to get implemented quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify and develop top talent - make sure the best and brightest don't leave to pursue other opportunities. You can't/won't compete on salary, so make sure you have a strong professional development program.

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    The Harvard of Professional Sports Leagues

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at NBA

    Pros

    Most all of the New York staff is very smart and hard working. The league is cutting edge with its use of different media platforms for content. Most people enjoy working for the league since they are huge basketball fans.

    Cons

    Most of the staff in NJ, especially in Finance lack intelligence and business savvy of the NY staff. Also, most of the employees are "cool-aid" drinkers. They believe the NBA is the best sports league in the US, but the fail to notice that it is 3rd behind football and baseball, in terms of ratings and gate. This causes decisions to be made that does not further the progress of the league.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take themselves less seriously. This organization is not Goldman Sachs. Human Resources yields way to much influence over every issues. Especially, Employee Relations where a staff member sits in on many meetings.

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