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Updated July 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. "ESPN Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Editor in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Deputy Editor in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    love of sports, work with people at the top of their profession

    Cons

    struggling to find the answers to cord-cutting/getting content onto new platforms and monetizing it


  2. "Was great , but now it's a middle age company with no appreciation for how it got to where it is"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people and great technology. There is the ability to make a difference. Great Healthcare benefits and you've a Disney employee.

    Cons

    No long term memory. People are tossed even if they are going good jobs. You need to live in the middle of CT..

    Advice to Management

    Remember how you got to be so big.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start, but you wont be there long."

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    Former Intern - Programming Intern in Rockville, MD
    Former Intern - Programming Intern in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Low starting pay. Few positions available. Stuffy and old.


  4. "Still the place to be"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, generally stable environment.

    Cons

    Crazy political. CYA mentality at the upper tiers, not out of the box thinking at all. Follows trends rather than cuts new paths
    A few people with power pretend to care about others, really out for themselves.
    Dying business because management isn't interested in new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hitching the wagon to cable, find new subscription sources.


  5. "Competitive, corporate, but good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top notch equipment, great benefits, good perks (free Disneyland!), upward mobility, many great people

    Cons

    Overly corporate, tons of red tape, blatantly and over;y political - if you're not a left-leaning thinker, it is an uncomfortable place. Think 'Office Space" meets Berkeley. A little too much of a factory at times.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over-saturating the business with HR initiatives and social justice messages. Let the people work.


  6. "Ok Company"

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Digital Media Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people work in ESPN

    Cons

    Lack of vision in future


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ok. But learn quick and get out"

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    Former Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Content Associate in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An abundance of opportunity and various departments to work in. Good health benefits. Can learn a lot and make it anywhere in television.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up. Log jam in terms of production assistants. Some managers are clueless in helping. No career advancement and too political. Hours can be horrible. No work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talented workers and stop the "who we like" crap. Will alienate a lot of good people that way. People are miserable.

  8. "ESPN WebDev"

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    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, large audience, name recognition.

    Cons

    Corporate interests interfere with development, developers are cut out of planning process, some people are always on call, not enough developers to maintain such a large site, too much emphasis on working overtime for the benefit of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  9. "Associate Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on a creative projects with creative teams.

    Cons

    Poor work=life balance and compensation as well as the ability to advance.


  10. "OK Place. Not what you'd think"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment if you love sports. Some really fun people to work with. Free meals from time to time.

    Cons

    Dismissive attitude from corporate types and higher-ups. Constant stress about getting laid off due to reduction in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees, understand culture, and provide assistance for those that are being forced out.


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