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Updated February 22, 2018
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  • some lack of flexibility as it relates to work/life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "PA II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Creative, Team, Productive, Innovative, Talented

    Cons

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  2. "Assignment Editor"

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere. Competitive pay. Excellent 5 star cafeteria, celebrities stop in often.

    Cons

    Can work nights, holidays and weekends.

  3. "great work and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it was nice working at the headquarters location, big campus, great work, people and benefits

    Cons

    limited options to work remotely, as i needed during my tenure.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fast paced environment, leading edge technology

    Cons

    Poor senior management decision making, poor downward communication, no respect for employees.


  5. "EDITOR"

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    Current Employee - Content Editor
    Current Employee - Content Editor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, Great Pay, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Work varied hours, long days during sports season. Can only move up after being in current position a min of 2 years


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Treated like you should be thanking your stars to be working there"

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter, the four letters look great on a resume. Was a good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Obviously, Bristol. A huge amount of incompetence at the director/vp level which makes everyone's life hell. I left because my boss was so bad. Lots of 70 hour weeks at terrible pay. They will pay you nothing because there are a line of thousands of other people who want to work here behind you. You are on a need-to-know basis about anything. Curiosity and new ideas are not welcome. Richard Deitsch/Jim Miller tell you if you're going to be fired and if the product/show you work on is going to be abandoned. I once asked my boss for sports tickets and thought I was going to get fired for even thinking of such a thing. He then went to MNF two weeks later. Their incentive/bonus structure (long-term incentive cash) rewards time, not performance. Reorg every six months. Layoffs every year. This is just what came to the top of my head. Don't work here.


  7. "Runner"

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

    I have been working at ESPN part-time

    Pros

    Good hours, great games, good pay

    Cons

    Long hours, weather dependent conditions.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "Associate Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, knowledgeable staff, good collaboration between teams, state of the art projects

    Cons

    short of resources and commitment to project completion

    Advice to Management

    Experience, self-motivation, resourcefulness and persistence qualities are keys components for working there.


  9. "Senior Editor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Managing Editor in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Editor in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability. Ability to be promoted. Reputation of company is good.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance. Too corporate in past 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to get job done.


  10. "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.


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