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ESPN Bristol Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 35 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Content Operations in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Operations in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, value employees, great benefits. Is a company that I would be happy to work for the rest of my career.

    Cons

    Industry is struggling, future not guaranteed. Downside of a position has been well documented in the media. Unsure if more cuts will come from higher ups or from "average" employees.

    Advice to Management

    More communication needed with employees on the long term viability of positions.


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid, successful company. Employee perks such as a gym, disney discounts/passes, and intramural sports. Many different areas of the company makes it easy to move around.

    Cons

    24 hour company so many groups work around the clock and on holidays and weekends. our department hasn't seen any promotions for nearly 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to be transparent in your communication with your staff, meet regularly and give real-time feedback.


  3. "ESPN is still a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Director in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For a sports fan and a technologist, there was not better place to work. Everyday was challenging and rewarding, both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    The culture has changed over the past few years, it's become more corporate and bureaucratic.


  4. "Production Operations"

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    Former Employee - Production Operator in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPN has a great company culture. They really care about their people and give great benefits to their employees and their families.

    Cons

    Because tv is 24/7, depending on your job, you will work very late shifts. ESPN also expects you to sometimes work 6th days (you get paid well), but all of this can cut into your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Truly ask your direct reports what they like about their current job situation and what they do not like. Ask what would really improve their experience, or the way in which their department does things.


  5. "Was great , but now it's a middle age company with no appreciation for how it got to where it is"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people and great technology. There is the ability to make a difference. Great Healthcare benefits and you've a Disney employee.

    Cons

    No long term memory. People are tossed even if they are going good jobs. You need to live in the middle of CT..

    Advice to Management

    Remember how you got to be so big.


  6. "Production Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Disney benefits are tremendous. They really care about the well being of employees.

    Cons

    Top heavy in middle and upper management. Little room to move. Very competitive and can be a a "back stabbing" environment. Being a middle aged white male is a huge disadvantage and will prevent growth. Diversity is emphasized whether the person is the best candidate or not. You are pushed to train other to do your job so they can replace you with lower cost managers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat older employees that have built the company with respect instead of disposable talent.


  7. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with great benefits

    Cons

    Uncertain future in the TV business


  8. "Content Associate"

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    Current Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Resources, Talent Mentors, Networking connections, On-hand experience

    Cons

    Huge company, operates like a machine


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Portfolio Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Portfolio Coordinator in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Perks for working there!

    Cons

    I fear the continued job cuts will continue to occur.


  10. "We work directly with directors to design mass amounts of graphics for shows"

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    Current Employee - Associate Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. You get to work with wonderful people. They want to see you succeed and are willing to help you find your path.

    Cons

    Working odd, long hours. There are a few times where you can't leave your seat because numerous graphics requests would come in back-to-back


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