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ESPN Bristol Reviews

Updated November 23, 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. "The beginning of the end for this cable TV relic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Management in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Analyzing sports. People who care about what they do and how they do it. The Disney perks are worthwhile...but...

    Cons

    Upper management (Directors and above) run the place like Geeks Gone Wild as they never have actually played the games. Too full of themselves and lack of care for the actual soldiers in the trenches. To into their roles and take themselves way too seriously, particularly in production. Office politics are horrendous, that is if there aren't any shenanigans going on behind the closed doors. Former newspaper people running the TV side. Since they drove newspapers into the ground, Disney thought it would be special if they could ruin TV, too. Expect your personal life to suffer with working every weekend, holiday, nights, long shifts, short turns into the next day; zero consistency in the scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. From Skipper down to the Directors. McDonald's is always hiring.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Technology is a horrible Mess - Talented Architects and Engineers beware"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits due to being Disney owned
    Best Advertising and Production Talent you can find in sports

    Cons

    Hard to get talent due to being in Bristol.
    Innovation is no longer a priority and has been stymied
    So many people just take up desk space with senior titles while doing mid to jr level work.
    Contentment has set in which is allowing for poor leadership and no direction to occur in technology.
    Many in management distrusts everyone around them and belittles you if you don't do things in the same style.
    The video stack is a horrible mess and many managers treat everything as a fire -> focus is not on fix this but on CYA all the time.
    Most developers treat everyone with contempt while bragging about completing tasks that a jr level engineer should be able to complete, they also will take your work and use it for personal gain while leaving your credit out to dry.
    There is little true talent left here and the ones who are left are clawing to keep the ship afloat but getting slapped hard along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Promote directors and managers who are willing to be receptive to ideas and listen to their employees and work to weed out the current bad eggs (There are so many!).
    Its time to eliminate the bad eggs and unmotivated directors. There's a push to get new talent but talent won't stay long due to the culture and nature of the current state of affairs. Its time to soul search and have the guts to turn technology into a more mature organization. Until this is a priority costs will always overrun and talent will never stay or even come work here.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "This company is not all it's cracked up to be"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Contractor in Bristol, CT
    Current Contractor - Contractor in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have enjoyed the projects I have worked on. They are cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Not sure how about other units within ESPN, but within our area there is incessant gossip, low morale, contractors not treated fairly, 'I'm so awesome for working at ESPN' attitude, Senior Management has no clue of what's going on at the lower department level, the whole contract to project to employee concept... just awful.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees and fix your hiring process. Discourage gossip because it is harmful.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "It used to be a good place to work. It's gotten too corporate now."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pride our brand and in a good on-air product. State of the art technologies and always looking to push the envelope.

    Cons

    Too many e-mails, meetings and corporate paperwork. Managers treat employees like just a number. Management needs more training. Work-life balance needs to be a priority again. Company more concerned about costs and less concerned about quality. Too much paperwork and meetings for yearly reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like children and more like part of the team.


  6. "Not the dream job that one would expect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Digital Media Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Contractor - Digital Media Editor in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Work with sports
    -Amazing campus, facilities and cafeteria
    -Company reputation for resume builder

    Cons

    -Location
    -Salary
    -Hours
    -Treatment by management
    -Opportunity for advancement
    -Location, location, location

    Advice to Management

    -Give employees more respect, appreciation, input
    -Do not allow and/or partake in office politics/gossip
    -Make employee satisfaction and their concerns a priority


  7. "Much room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, CT
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best in the business
    Access to an amazing collection of footage and resources
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Extreme disconnect between managers and employees
    Head count system is terrible
    Contract or "project" employees have little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in what your employees do
    Observe and learn so that you actually understand how things work


  8. Helpful (3)

    "If you are not working in technology I'm sure you are going to love this company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People actually have passion about the company and its end goal. Most of the people are FANS of the network and LOVE working here.
    They treat people well and with respect and make sure that the environment is nice.

    Cons

    While ESPN is definitely a leader in sports and TV/Satellite technology, if your focus is technology as in software and application development then this is not a place you want to come.

    Lots of legacy and crappy code. There's not really a lot of innovation, lots of copy/paste tasks and no clear prospect of this ending as you never have time to fix things. There's also a lot of politics between teams trying to agree who manages what and then blaming each other when things go south.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some really good Technology and IT VP's


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn the inner workings of live sports but hard too grow and don't stay too long or drink the kool-aid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and experience hands on live television sports environment

    Cons

    too much politics, no work life balance and low pay are the norm there. folks that got there im the late 80's and early 90's have all the key positions and plan on keeping them until retirement

    Advice to Management

    management needs to groom their successors rather then working to eliminate them or turning them on each other


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Media Technologies.....Management get a clue how to run your department!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Operator in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Media Operator in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers to work with!

    Cons

    Media Technologies Management has no clue!

    Advice to Management

    MT Management needs to get a better grip on the day to day operations, both days and nights!
    Some members of MT Management needs to show their face more often then the department meetings!


  11. "Overrated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to Management

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.



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