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Updated July 30, 2017
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  • The hours are non-traditional, resulting in not a great work-life balance because shifts can be 4a-1p or 5p-2a (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. "Content Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, really really great people, its the world wide leader, youre creating some of the best content in the world.

    Cons

    salary, state taxes, and living in CT is really expensive. the salary doesnt help much with living expenses. you really have to lower your standards of living, social life, and happiness when moving here for work. there is nothing here but the job, literally. it is difficult to move up and get promoted. the promotion rate here is pretty awful for such a massive company.

    Advice to Management

    pay your foundation of workers. the CA's more money.


  2. "Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Strong brand, good technology, and certain departments are good to their employees. Good benefits because of Disney as parent company.

    Cons

    Not all departments at ESPN are created. Some are extremely dysfunctional with psychotic managers/directors.

  3. "Great company to work for overall. Headaches were fairly minor."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, reasonable workload, good editors/bosses, good coworkers, fun subject matter, huge audience for your work. Definitely a destination job in sportswriting.

    Cons

    Company is in a volatile position these days. Communications issues can occur, had to pay my own health insurance, which could get pricey, working on a contract basis prevents you from feeling comfortable enough to put down roots anywhere

    Advice to Management

    They know what they're doing.


  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid, successful company. Employee perks such as a gym, disney discounts/passes, and intramural sports. Many different areas of the company makes it easy to move around.

    Cons

    24 hour company so many groups work around the clock and on holidays and weekends. our department hasn't seen any promotions for nearly 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to be transparent in your communication with your staff, meet regularly and give real-time feedback.


  5. "ESPN is still a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Director in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a sports fan and a technologist, there was not better place to work. Everyday was challenging and rewarding, both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    The culture has changed over the past few years, it's become more corporate and bureaucratic.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Production Operations"

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    Former Employee - Production Operator in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPN has a great company culture. They really care about their people and give great benefits to their employees and their families.

    Cons

    Because tv is 24/7, depending on your job, you will work very late shifts. ESPN also expects you to sometimes work 6th days (you get paid well), but all of this can cut into your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Truly ask your direct reports what they like about their current job situation and what they do not like. Ask what would really improve their experience, or the way in which their department does things.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    It looks great on a resume and you get to do a lot of things and meet a lot of cool people

    Cons

    The pay sucks and it's hard to move up.

  8. "My review"

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    Current Employee - Digital Content Producer
    Current Employee - Digital Content Producer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, good benefits, housing is cheaper than NYC or California.

    Cons

    Just the overall shift in media landscape, but that's a con just about anywhere.


  9. "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with great and experienced colleagues

    Cons

    Location, location, location, Bristol, Connecticut

    Advice to Management

    lead with intent, look for diversity in all the best ways.


  10. "Production Management"

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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

    Great company to work for. Disney benefits are tremendous. They really care about the well being of employees.

    Cons

    Top heavy in middle and upper management. Little room to move. Very competitive and can be a a "back stabbing" environment. Being a middle aged white male is a huge disadvantage and will prevent growth. Diversity is emphasized whether the person is the best candidate or not. You are pushed to train other to do your job so they can replace you with lower cost managers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat older employees that have built the company with respect instead of disposable talent.


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