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ESPN Bristol Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • The hours are non-traditional, resulting in not a great work-life balance because shifts can be 4a-1p or 5p-2a (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A great company on the wane."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, with Starbucks, fitness centers and child care available.

    Cons

    A couple of rounds of layoffs per year lately
    Waning income streams
    Way too many layers of management
    CTO says they're a "technology company," then ignores IT for years

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your IT staff and try to keep them happy. Stop appointing new heads of IT departments, then letting them go. It creates unheard of levels of instability and unhappiness. In situations like this the best people leave, and only the people that couldn't find jobs elsewhere will stay, it's like filtering out your best people. There's a feeling that no one at the top is paying attention or cares, and multiple rounds of layoffs really don't help.


  2. "Content Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits, really really great people, its the world wide leader, youre creating some of the best content in the world.

    Cons

    salary, state taxes, and living in CT is really expensive. the salary doesnt help much with living expenses. you really have to lower your standards of living, social life, and happiness when moving here for work. there is nothing here but the job, literally. it is difficult to move up and get promoted. the promotion rate here is pretty awful for such a massive company.

    Advice to Management

    pay your foundation of workers. the CA's more money.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  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. "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


  10. "Time well spent"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    The company treats people very well. Many smart people to work with. Progressive in terms of diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    The company is maturing now and big growth years are over.


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