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Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
54 Reviews
2.7
54 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • Work/life balance can be awful, depending on what department you work in (in 5 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  

    Exciting environment, fun place to work, can be political

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBA as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Though I was never a full-time employee my contractor rate was great. Get to work on/talk about basketball all day.

    Cons

    Political atmosphere. Worked as a contractor for years... was treated as a second-class citizen. (ie. didn't perks like game tickets, discounts, x-mas presents etc.) Although my contractor rate was very good. Wasn't able to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overrated

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    Former Employee - NBA Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - NBA Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you're into basketball, you'll enjoy the corporate perks, which include the ability to request free basketball tickets/concerts for you or friends, as well as a generous gym stipend. There's the name recognition too, and meeting famous basketball players is fun. Free frozen yogurt during the summer is a good treat. Depending on the department, you may be able to travel.

    Cons

    During the Associate program, you're not given a real say as to which department you'll work in, and HR is not transparent at all about the placement process. Which departments you work in highly influences where you could eventually be placed (if at all). This severely limits your growth possibilities, as switching between departments is very, very difficult. HR is not your ally, they only look out after their own interests.
    Culture and hours vary a lot by department. You'll have no work life balance at Global Marketing Partnerships, for example (typical hours are 8:45am-7pm).
    Some rotations are based in the Secaucus NJ office, meaning you'll have a lengthy commute you need to cover out of pocket.
    Departments at the NBA are very siloed-off. It's hard to see the full picture of what the League does when departments don't talk to each other.
    Even though the Associate Program is supposed to offer leadership training, it's pretty much limited to useless corporate seminars. If you're assigned to a department you know nothing about, you're on your own. HR is quick to chastise and slow to help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate effectively. Be honest.
    Have departments interact more with each other and make it easy for workers to learn about what they do, familiarizing themselves with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed my time there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY

    I worked at NBA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At the old store everyone was like family. They were always accommodating with the schedules and vacation time. There was always a great sense of community even with the managers and upper management. I generally felt appreciated and there were always incentives to perform well within each department.

    Cons

    They played favorites with the employee of the month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in stock so the environment could get a little sexist toward the female staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tremendous growth opportunity, little politics.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at NBA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    World class brand, very entreprenurial, great global opportunities.

    Cons

    It's sports and entertainment and we're global....that means you may have to check email more frequently...ok with me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out more on the floors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Do not go work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are impressed with the brand

    Cons

    Everything else. They do not treat people well or with respect. The place is very cliquey and very political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The NBA is the best basketball league in the world.

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    Current Employee - Director in Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Woodbridge, NJ

    I have been working at NBA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The players are very respectful & compassionate.

    Cons

    This job is my life where there is no negativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep paving the way for amateur players.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable and Demoralizing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at NBA part-time

    Pros

    People are unquestionably impressed when you tell them you work at the NBA.

    Cons

    You're told during your interview as a logger that there are serious growth opportunities for individuals who have the determination, skills, and wherewithal, yet literally no one who starts out today will advance. If you're a young buck trying to climb the ladder at NBA Entertainment, listen clearly: it will never happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say that an entry level production job is "a fixed term assignment not intended to last more than ten months," you should mean it. Fire people after ten months unless you actually want to keep them around and have them work real jobs within the company. Otherwise, morale will stay at an unbelievable low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Part-Time Team Store

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    Current Employee - Team Store Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Team Store Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at NBA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Environment, Fun subject matter.

    Cons

    Increasing expectations without increase in incentive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include team members in ongoings of arena, better communication across the board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Depends on the Department - GMP a disaster

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks - if you love basketball, you'll get close to the players, the merch, the games (tickets, all-star, playoffs). Also, if you come in Director / VP or above you get compensated reasonably well. Most of the people you work with are smart and polished.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible for Sr. Manager and below; work-life balance is a joke; it's not that no one cares about your professional growth (promotions, raises, chance to contribute on important accounts), but the hierarchy is set up for you to get left with false promises. If you think any of your colleagues really care about you, be wary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever I could say here they've already heard. It's not that I don't think they care about feelings of discontent, it's just a top down mgmt style where they know it doesn't matter in the end. When one person leaves, there are 50 others happy to take their place at little pay and in subservient roles to the person above them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Only worked major events, lots of work but a lot of fun.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NBA

    Pros

    It's great if you like the fast paced, long hour cram of a work weekend before a break. It's not for everyone but you meet good people and it's a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Sometimes seems like there's too many cooks in the kitchen at the production events. Lots of people in charge, telling you different things, and no one really knows what's going on at certain points.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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