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Updated September 11, 2018
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  • "some lack of flexibility as it relates to work/life balance" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Long hours, weather dependent conditions" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Reporter in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people who actually value teamwork. Upper management supports and respects the reporters and producers. Although the network has huge financial rights deals with several pro sports leagues, there was never, ever any pressure to lay off a controversial story. All in all, a very solid news organization.

    Cons

    A number of painful layoffs over the past two years.


  2. "Grafic producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good co workers good benifits

    Cons

    Weekends and holiday working non advancement

  3. "ESPNU campus contributed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved the help and guidance

    Cons

    I can’t say anything negative about this opportunity


  4. "Promotions Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to work with great staff.

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours given to the promo team because we obtain hours through events only.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow the promo team to attend the learning courses


  5. "Associate Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    great culture, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    competitive environment, limited mobility, pay


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Espn culture and benefits package

    Cons

    Management can be very close minded

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded


  7. "Great Company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with sports content to drive the enjoyment of viewers. It's rewarding work for those who are passionate about sports. You get to make an immediate impact on sports coverage....they really allow for ideas from across the company.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance can be challenging (need to be willing to work nights and weekends). Company is in a period of transition as it adapts to cord-cutting and new mediums.

  8. "Espn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work, place and people

    Cons

    Main location in Bristol CT


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Not a serious environment for tech professionals"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will interact with fantastic folks in rank and file of the core content production side. TV side is well-oiled and impressive. Tons to learn and soak in.

    Cons

    Technology professionals needn’t apply. The expression out of the frying pan and into the fire comes to mind. Promises of ownership and career growth are quickly dashed aside by reality: ESPN as a digital technology group is reeling with uncertainty and chaos due to weak leadership. Having worked in a multitude of large scale technology groups, the people in charge of tech should not be. Your contributions are not contextualized and therefore not understood and often undervalued. Communication is an afterthought. There is no transparency into prioritization because a select decides for the whole. I’m not inferring at an initiative level: that would be normal for executives to create a common set of goals for the rank and files of the technology group. However, there is rarely talk of company-wide initiatives and alignment. Instead, senior leadership will micromanage engineering and design priorities to an excruciating extent to further their own, often unknown agendas to the detriment of the user experience. Priorities will shift without regard to the original strategy or effort that went into building them. Occasionally, this is inevitable, but the constant churn inside the walls of the ‘Worldwide leader in Sports’ is all but the symptoms of a healthy organization. Customer insights are rarely taken into account when designing and build product. It is usually the highest paid opinion. If you really don’t care about what you do, and just want a paycheck, then maybe ESPN is for you.

    The current leadership is stagnant and trying to compensate by throwing money at top tier talent from other companies. But then you enter a tech culture of ‘do as I say or else’. There is no respect for the intellectual process behind building customer-focused product and design driven thinking. You will be dominated and pestered 24/7/365 because the incompetent tech leadership is constantly seeking approval from leadership on the TV side. This is their priority and everything you’ll do flows from their desire to impress their counterparts. It's become ‘good ole boys’ telling real professionals how to behave, act, and work - and it's a complete joke. Work/life balance is atrocious because people are not the priority. You are only valuable insofar as you make your VP look good. The TV culture is very much alive in the technology group, and it does not fit. Mealtimes are filled with complaints and the turnover rate is alarming. If you ever talk to someone who worked at ESPN tech, the response says it all – I have never met anyone who wasn’t glad to get out.

    If you have any hard skills, take them to a company that will empower you and cultivate your career. This is nonexistent at ESPN. ESPN is living in a time bubble where they still think they're the greatest place and it’s such a privilege to just be there - but the reality they're more like that washed up 50-year old at your high school reunion who still think they're prom queen/king. Do you really want to work for that? The reality is frightening if you have a point of reference.

    The 'good times' ended in 2015 and now indefinite are the times of endless politicizing, layoffs, re-orgs, and confusion. The pay is not competitive considering how expensive Connecticut is. Career growth is simply not a company priority. I have met several great people who have not been promoted in over a decade. Meritocracy is replaced by popularity content.

    Advice to Management

    @Disney, bring in some real tech leaders and force the old ESPN guard to resign that run’s on ‘good ole boy’ currency. The digital group should promote inclusion, intellectual honesty and a culture of experimentation and learning. Instead it’s fear based and toxic. Existing ‘leadership’ is causing far more harm in your digital space than good. That should be evident in the high turnover rate that they are surely trying to hide from you.


  10. "Review of ESPN entry level/part-time positions"

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    Current Employee - Stats Analyst I in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Stats Analyst I in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're treated well, it's a team oriented workplace and any resources you might need are always available.

    Cons

    While you and your peers work together every day, everybody is trying to move up the company ladder, and openings are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Keep exploring options to expand coverage into more and more sports, which can lead to new positions and opportunities.


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