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ESPN Bristol Reviews

Updated December 21, 2016
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  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 34 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Like finding out Santa isn't real"

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    Former Employee - Statistics Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Statistics Analyst in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Facilities are impressive, and I got to be in a This is Sportscenter commercial.

    Cons

    Make you feel extremely replaceable.


  2. "ESPN does not respect its employees"

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

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

    Pros

    - The full-time work is good because it allows for a consistent paycheck and benefits.
    - They are willing to spend an inordinate amount of time training people (rather than just hiring competent people to begin with), which can be to the individual's benefit when they realize how poorly ESPN is treating them to perform skilled tasks that other companies value.
    - It can be a good place to start out and get some practical experience, but ESPN is definitely not a place anyone with a brain would want to work at for more than a few years.

    Cons

    - ESPN embarrassingly underpays its employees for making national television for the two most watched cable networks. By staggering pay with a bizarre, purely subjective process for performance reviews and promotions, no two people make the same amount of money for doing the same job. In the end everyone at ESPN is paid half to one-third the compensation they should receive for working skilled positions on national television shows.
    - While TV is a 24/7/365 job, ESPN does not respect its employees and forces them into inhumane night and weekend shifts for years with no change in sight.
    - ESPN only wants to do more with less. There is zero focus on actually creating a quality product. ESPN, or the Every Single Penny Network, only cares about its bottom line. As a result, productions are severely understaffed. Employees receive unreasonable expectations that jeopardize their ability to succeed and also create an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment.
    - ESPN has awful office politics. It is impossible to effect change and make anything better without kissing endless butt and going through numerous hoops that simply make it not worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    - Actually listen to your employees' feedback, because they know more than you do.
    - Treat your employees with the respect they deserve creating products that make the company billions of dollars in revenue. Treat your people as valuable resources rather than interchangeable personnel ID numbers -- as professionals with expertise rather than children.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time."

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    -Looks good on a resume
    -Brand recognition
    -I have to use a minimum of 20 words, but I have no other Pros to list

    Cons

    -No upward or lateral mobility
    -Low pay
    -Schedule/hours/work-life balance are horrific
    -Wants to create a google/Apple atmosphere, but doesn't want to spend the money or give employees freedom
    -Diversity and inclusion is stressed so much that you will be excluded from certain promotions and career opportunities due to your race/ethnicity/gender/sexual preference/family and martial status

    Advice to Management

    You should probably start looking for work as you'll get laid off once you hit 50 years old and a middle management position.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "No diversity"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and that is all I can think of.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    HR barely exists
    No promotions unless you are one of them

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management in IT. It is okay to promote a person based on performance even if they are not one of you.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible management, LOTS of corporate BS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the beginning, this was a really great place to work. The HQ is amazing and exciting events happen throughout the year (especially in the summer/fall). Work-life balance was encouraged and hours were flexible (you will see many employees arriving between 9-9:30am, leaving by 5pm). Working from home was usually an option and management made you feel like you were valued/important. There is a cafe and gym on-site, as well as ample opportunities to get personal and professional training (First Aid/CPR, Navigating Through Conflict classes, Building Your Emotional Intelligence, etc.) - the wellness team is awesome and personal training is provided if you want it.

    Cons

    It's all a lie. Management will give you amazing benefits when you first start out and then they will break you down after 6-7 months by taking away your benefits and focusing on a lot of negatives. First, say goodbye to "flexible work hours" - even though it's part of the culture to have relaxed hours, certain management will be quick to demand that you are AT your desk at whatever your starting time is, not even a few minutes late. When this isn't something that you were told or expected to do (let alone what you see other people doing) for the first 6 months of working there, it becomes a stressful work environment. Your options to work from home diminish (or completely disappear) and you end up with extra work/projects that aren't even in your job description or business objectives, just for the sake of chaining you to your desk. Middle and upper management are extremely political and take part in these immature games. They expect you to be at your desk 24/7, even as far as expecting you to come in early/leave late without wanting to pay overtime. Oh, and yes they are watching you like a hawk (even though they say they aren't monitoring you). I don't believe this is company wide, but this was my experience working here and I can confidently say ESPN looks like a great place to work, but it really isn't. Like many other reviewers have mentioned, the excitement and shine wears off REALLY quickly, so be prepared to be treated like you are easily replaceable by the lack of trust and respect you end up with over time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing games and encouraging office politics. Be more direct and open-minded. If you say you want to communicate more and be more transparent, PROVE it. Also, stop focusing on the negatives. Respect the people who work for or under you, especially if they are working hard and producing good results.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Run away. It is a toxic, morale killer. It is not a place for professionals."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to work for years. That has changed. They finally got smart enough to give 3 weeks of vacation so you can actually use your Disney passes.

    Cons

    Management is changing direction like a monkey swinging from a tree. Directors and above have a sweet thing going. They are very busy selfishly maneuvering and networking up without a care for the direction of their staff or the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Probably the worst place I've ever worked"

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Not a lot is expected of you so you can work a standard 9 - 5.

    Cons

    The managers don't actually know how to manage. They certainly don't know how to lead. The company has a very old way of thinking. Their philosophy is that they need to keep doing partnerships with other companies to bring in more money at the expense of fans. Fans are the last person thought about when decisions are made.

    Even though the name looks good on my resume, I'm actually embarrassed of it.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sexual harassment endless, Fraternity Feel, Big egos, Small pay"

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to actively work on productions from the start, great to see work one has accomplished make it on-air, good movement between sports and departments

    Cons

    Work atmosphere is abysmal, horrible conditions for young women who are harassed daily, solicitations on the job, files filled with complaints and no punishments. Absolutely frat feel, little openness to new ideas, good old boys club, only advance if you know the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your butt and actually makes some legitimate sexual harassment policies instead of "we deal with each matter as it comes up" which essentially means we ignore and take no responsibility for anyone. Lead by example, stop hiring big egos and friends of friends.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Nanomanaged & Hostile - Subordinates only own management failures, not own successes"

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    Former Contractor - QA Automation Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - QA Automation Engineer in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay: $60/HR, on-floor cafeteria, plenty of parking

    Cons

    There was about a three month "honeymoon" period and then the real culture appears....
    Hostile, credit robbing and blame ridden culture. Extreme nanomanagement. Work dumbed-down in comparison to job title. Forced into an endless cycle of re-working tests from broken processes instead of fixing the underlying problems. Pointing out failures is treated as treason. Even at $60/HR, there's only so much hostility a person can take.

    Advice to Management

    Try to manage using something other than coercion.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A "Sweat Shop" environment and rampant nepotism"

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

    Pros

    The technology, some of the worker-level employees are great people. If you're a sports fan there's monitors showing sports in a lot of places about the workplace. The technical people are great.

    Cons

    They demand a 12 hour workday of everyone who is salaried: from the lowest paid admins to the managers. Very high turnover as people are misled when hired and told the long hours are "just temporary". Some of the managers are verbally abusive, others are hiring their friends and relatives regardless of competency: relatives with no skills for a particular job will get promoted over highly skilled employees. Very bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees with simple human respect, allow for a reasonable work/life balance, fire the half of management that promotes bad practices.



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