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Adam Silver
13 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you know your drill and don't touch anything beyond your scope of responsibilities (in 3 reviews)

  • Cache of listing a top sports league on your resume (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • You'll have no work life balance at Global Marketing Partnerships, for example (typical hours are 8:45am-7pm) (in 6 reviews)

  • The mid-senior management are arrogant and treat people like sh*t (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBA

    Pros

    Everything done at the NBA is deliberate and strategic to maximize success of individuals and organization as a whole. You are challenged by your peers, yet given the resources and support to meet the challenge.

    Cons

    Be ready to work hard to get what you want out of your position. The opportunities for growth and development are endless, but you have to take initiative.

  2. The best and they know it.

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    Former Employee - Social Responsibility in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Social Responsibility in New York, NY

    I worked at NBA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience gaining in the sports industry, with some of the most knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    Monster corporation that grinds away, meaning that HR runs your life, there is little-to-no job growth opportunity and they know they can easily replace you. Ground floor salary in a HUGE, expensive city.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company. Questionable HR hiring practices.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at NBA as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office culture and great perks.

    Cons

    Worked there for four months as a temp and was later told I wouldn't be offered the position permanently because, "there is a huge talent pool and I lacked the experience for the position." Never received negative feedback from my managers or my agency. However, they highly recommended me to their HR department; and even asked me to stay on for a few weeks until they filled the position!! If I lacked experience, especially as a temp, why keep me on board for 4 months??? I have over 20 years experience and actually took a step back to work in the position. Definitely questionable!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Positive Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBA

    Pros

    It's great to work around basketball

    Cons

    You'll have to accept less pay because you work in sports

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Associate Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at NBA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great upside for development and exposure

    Cons

    Tough to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to nurture your employees and advocate for their professional growth and development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Awesome company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBA

    Pros

    They love their employees and are all about promoting fitness.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience, very hands on

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

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

    Pros

    Transparent organization, alot of activity in and out of office

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours, mediocre pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Office Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NBA

    Pros

    Great perks, co-workers are great and very helpful - 9-5 family oriented environment

    Cons

    CYA mentality. Management could be very ethnocentric, vindictive and political. Never complain to your manager particularly if they buy each other Starbucks!

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Know what you're getting in to. Don't expect much; you will be let down. Use the experience to your advantage.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NBA full-time

    Pros

    The people are (for the most part) friendly, the travel opportunities can be exciting, and the food at the NBA Cafe is a pretty solid deal. Fun perks. However... The best thing about working at the NBA is your next job. If you can position yourself effectively, your resume will be interesting enough to get you in the door for interviews at better employers.

    Cons

    Minimal investment in human development beyond ineffective cookie-cutter classes. Laughable compensation levels. Zero room for professional advancement. Intensely political office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter. Take a cue from more successful organizations, and improve performance by taking talent seriously. If there weren't an irrational oversupply of people blinded by the glitz of working in sports, this place would be a complete disaster. Ignoring employee sentiment might be sustainable. It might not.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Everyday I'm Hustling

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at NBA

    Pros

    People genuinely committed.
    Company direction, vision and leadership.
    Everyone I work with.
    The work itself - though there's A LOT!

    Cons

    Very political.
    Too few people and financial resources to innovate as much as would like.
    Salary low - especially given workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate salaries and consider removing the Senior Director or AVP level. Having to make 2 jumps to get from Director to VP seems a bit much, and if you start at the NBA as a Manager, and actually got promoted every 2 years, it would still take 12 years to get to be a VP. Just seems easier to leave and come back (or just leave and get the title elsewhere) since (at least in my dept) there are regularly VPs hired in who are in there mid-30s with a skill and experience level often no greater than mine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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