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ESPN Bristol Reviews

Updated May 20, 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. "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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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Ok Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people work in ESPN

    Cons

    Lack of vision in future


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ok. But learn quick and get out"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An abundance of opportunity and various departments to work in. Good health benefits. Can learn a lot and make it anywhere in television.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up. Log jam in terms of production assistants. Some managers are clueless in helping. No career advancement and too political. Hours can be horrible. No work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talented workers and stop the "who we like" crap. Will alienate a lot of good people that way. People are miserable.


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  5. "ESPN WebDev"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, large audience, name recognition.

    Cons

    Corporate interests interfere with development, developers are cut out of planning process, some people are always on call, not enough developers to maintain such a large site, too much emphasis on working overtime for the benefit of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  6. "OK experience w/ no movement"

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    Former Employee - Ops Tech I in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Ops Tech I in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Disney discounts
    -Reasonably set work schedules set far in advance
    -Good benefits
    -Christmas bonuses (for now)
    -The cafeteria has a late night cook for the graveyard shift

    Cons

    -Management are only extensions of HR
    -No help from managers or supervisors as most are not technically competent. They are strictly people managers.
    -Starting base pay extremely low with very slow pay raises.
    -Downsize company every two years or so which makes long term prospects unlikely. Downsize due to exorbitant exclusive broadcast rights costs
    -Network Control is a black hole. Positive ratings for this company are from 9-5 desk jobs and studio/video production folk

    Advice to Management

    At least know the general rules for sports and the basic TV production terms. Your knowledge as "managers" of broadcast operations is laughable at best


  7. "World Wide Leader in?"

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    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, okay pay, time off (if you can take it)

    Cons

    Politics, double standards, location, poor hours

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to people


  8. "Mid level manager"

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's cool to say you work at ESPN, everyday is different, there are good people amongst the lower level employee crowd. You may meet celebrities and travel to major sports events. You also may do none of that.

    Cons

    The stuff you read on Deadspin is all true. And they only report a drop in the bucket. Morals and morale are very low. Watch your back. Poor pay. You are a cog in a very large machine.

    Advice to Management

    Upper level management is the problem.


  9. "ESPN Producer"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on amazing events.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to improve work-life balance so employees stop burning out!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Future Cloudy???"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice environment. Great Cafe, Starbucks on campus. Great domain, if a sports fan. Company does a really good job trying to drive corporate values.

    Cons

    Depending on the organization, infrequent communication from top level management with regards to direction. Not sure about the long-term future - the glory days are likely over, so be prepared to ride out the bumps.

    Advice to Management

    More frequent communication regarding organizational structure and direction.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Project - Statistics Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    A part-time job where you got to watch sports. Rewarding work, as you got to see your results happening live on-screen.

    Cons

    Managers and other full-time staff often treated subordinates/part-time staff with little respect, resulting in a clear divide between the two groups.


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