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Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "some lack of flexibility as it relates to work/life balance" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Also very much an old boys club and lacks good vision" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    Things move slowly here so hard to get stuff done


  2. "Production Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    The best company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing, everything is good there

  3. "Working at ESPN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great working environment.

    Cons

    There have been multiple rounds of layoffs since I've been here. Undesirable location.


  4. "Former Senior Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people that become family

    Cons

    A culture that is not diverse enough.


  5. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Coolest office you'll ever see
    Lots of opportunities to network within the company
    Great training for certain departments
    Managers that are very personable
    Great perks from Disney

    Cons

    Location is awful, far from civilian life
    Department heads can be incredibly demanding with unrealistic expectations
    Incredibly odd rule of giving days off three months in months
    Rotational program leads to never knowing where you'll be to know when you'll need off
    Lack of transparency with realistic goals for the company moving forward in times of cord cutting
    If you don't own a car, good luck getting to work
    Incredibly difficult to get promoted once you're a Content Associate
    Lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations for employees and be honest of their paths within the company, people risk a lot by moving out there and it's important for people to know so they're not stuck or worse unemployed in the near future.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad company, but not the best either!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Powerful brand with great recognition
    Perks are great since joining hands with Disney
    Work life balance depends on your Manager
    Great coworkers (depends on your department)

    Cons

    No growth because it's based on who you know. Yes they encourage you to apply in-house but it's favoritism and politics.
    If you are in the NY office be prepared to be treated like step children compared to Bristol campus. Bristol gets everything ESPN while you feel left out
    Imbalance in work load. Some employees get away with a lot and again it boils down to favoritism.
    Diversity can be worked on a bit more especially with minorities

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees equally, and not based on favoritism. Office outside of Bristol should all be treated the same as Bristol. Work harder on keeping talent, listen to your employees and actually follow through.


  7. "Good Culture, Could Pay Better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Supportive culture that lends itself to creativity

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but that's an industry issue

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company struggling to evolve effeciently"

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    Former Employee - Digital Ad Operations
    Former Employee - Digital Ad Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPN is a great brand
    Work life balance isn't terrible
    Decent perks with Disney

    Cons

    Management has lost vision, empathy and backbone
    Company refuses to invest in its employees long term
    Pay is not even close to competitive
    Company does not invest in tech talent despite calling itself a tech company

    Advice to Management

    Be active in your approach to bettering the life of your employees, don't just pay lip service. Personally management has put the emphasis on the employees to be the change they want to see, which is fine, but when the employees take action they are quickly told their ideas are not feasible or possible. Management has often taken good ideas and sent them up the ladder as their own. Management also seems to care what other upper management wants despite basic inadequacies from the ground up.


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    "Manager"

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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

    Latest and greatest technologies. Attempting to catch up in the streaming world.

    Cons

    Executive management runs Technology like it is a start-up, but doesn't even come close to paying like one. They yell and scream at employee's when things go wrong. They are completely unprofessional. The epitome of a good old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and act like professionals. Treat employees nicely and people will stay.


  10. "Talent Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the people, the daily change due to news, headlines and sports, the national coverage of the biggest sporting events

    Cons

    the inability to accept new ideas, poor upper management that don't have a clue regarding relating to younger demographic

    Advice to Management

    get out of your own way and open up avenues for new ideas


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