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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. "Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized efficient and highly effective work place.

    Cons

    Low starting pay options. Work balance/life due to location is poor. Connecticut has little to offer for young and single employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Cutting highlights for SC, cutting video/sound/montages for SC, working as a part of the show staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Dress code is casual (you can wear jeans to work everyday)
    Hit the ground running: you play a role in the creation of each show, you don't get coffee. Ex: it's common to be creating the highlights you see on SC within 6 months of being at the company.
    Overtime pay: you get time and a half OT pay and get paid extra when you work holidays
    You're encouraged to watch sports at work.

    Cons

    Hours: you will likely work weekends and very strange hours. (Highlight shifts are usually 4pm-2am, though you regularly work later than that). 9-5 jobs Monday-Friday is a unicorn position.
    Very little flexibility for time off: you have to plan your vacations really far in advance, at least 2 months.
    No holidays off: sports happen on holidays. It's near impossible to get them off.
    Overtime: you will rarely work a 40 hour week or an 8 hour day. And by rarely, I mean almost never.
    High stress: it's TV, which means everything is in a very tight schedule, the expectations are very high, and mistakes are not taken lightly.

  3. "Mid level manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

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

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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.


  6. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  7. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Segment Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Segment Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you love sports, you'll love the job.

    Cons

    Working holidays, night, and weekends.

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  9. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Operator in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Audio Operator in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always open to help you expand in your career and set you up for success.
    Great training is provided for your job.
    Great benefits including Disney perks!

    Cons

    Vacation accrual.
    Odd Hours if you're in the production team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    Watch people who dont have your best interest at hand. Some people are there to help others are there with ulterior motives

    Advice to Management

    Scheduling


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