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ESPN Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • some lack of flexibility as it relates to work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "awful enviorment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    if you're a democrat you'll be in heaven

    Cons

    if you're a republican prepare to be silent or be considered trouble

    Advice to Management

    be fair to all employees


  2. Helpful (7)

    "ESPN is Dead! A once great company destroyed by senior management"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can buy ESPN swag at the ESPN Store.

    Cons

    The most discriminatory company I have ever had the displeasure of working for! ESPN discriminates against age, gender, disbalility, race, and political views!
    The CTO is a vindictive, compulsive liar that uses an enforcer to punish anyone with dissenting opinions from his own.

    Advice to Management

    John Skipper and the Office of the CTO (Aaron LaBerge and his cronies) must be fired! A complete replacement of all senior management is needed. Old management that was let go during the cuts should be reinstated and all current managers above Director replaced with their original counterparts.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "ESPN is Dead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None I can think of at this time

    Cons

    Dead Company that fails to see the shift in media

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the people that have been there more than 10 years, they are just protecting themselves, not innovating


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointed"

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

    I worked at ESPN (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, great for sports fans

    Cons

    too concerned with perception of employees. non equal treatment of sexes, ages and facts. too many middle managers

    Advice to Management

    trust employees to mentor


  5. "Like finding out Santa isn't real"

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

    Pros

    Facilities are impressive, and I got to be in a This is Sportscenter commercial.

    Cons

    Make you feel extremely replaceable.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "ESPN does not respect its employees"

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    Current Employee - Production Operations in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Operations in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The full-time work is good because it allows for a consistent paycheck and benefits.
    - They are willing to spend an inordinate amount of time training people (rather than just hiring competent people to begin with), which can be to the individual's benefit when they realize how poorly ESPN is treating them to perform skilled tasks that other companies value.
    - It can be a good place to start out and get some practical experience, but ESPN is definitely not a place anyone with a brain would want to work at for more than a few years.

    Cons

    - ESPN embarrassingly underpays its employees for making national television for the two most watched cable networks. By staggering pay with a bizarre, purely subjective process for performance reviews and promotions, no two people make the same amount of money for doing the same job. In the end everyone at ESPN is paid half to one-third the compensation they should receive for working skilled positions on national television shows.
    - While TV is a 24/7/365 job, ESPN does not respect its employees and forces them into inhumane night and weekend shifts for years with no change in sight.
    - ESPN only wants to do more with less. There is zero focus on actually creating a quality product. ESPN, or the Every Single Penny Network, only cares about its bottom line. As a result, productions are severely understaffed. Employees receive unreasonable expectations that jeopardize their ability to succeed and also create an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment.
    - ESPN has awful office politics. It is impossible to effect change and make anything better without kissing endless butt and going through numerous hoops that simply make it not worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    - Actually listen to your employees' feedback, because they know more than you do.
    - Treat your employees with the respect they deserve creating products that make the company billions of dollars in revenue. Treat your people as valuable resources rather than interchangeable personnel ID numbers -- as professionals with expertise rather than children.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time."

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    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "ESPN is now SAD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If you like Sports Its Fun

    Cons

    They don't care about people

    Advice to Management

    Promote people that work hard - too many Cooks make decisions and its a good old boy male oriented place


  9. Helpful (5)

    "No diversity"

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    Current Employee - IT Dev in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - IT Dev in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and that is all I can think of.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    HR barely exists
    No promotions unless you are one of them

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management in IT. It is okay to promote a person based on performance even if they are not one of you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "ESPN Digital"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay if you come in at a good starting rate.

    Cons

    was difficult to promote or give raises to any of my employees. Being a woman here is a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to women.


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