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Updated July 26, 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. "Great company with great oppprtunities!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Runner in Eugene, OR
    Former Contractor - Runner in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good management, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    None that I can think off!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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    "Great company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Operations in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Content Operations in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, value employees, great benefits. Is a company that I would be happy to work for the rest of my career.

    Cons

    Industry is struggling, future not guaranteed. Downside of a position has been well documented in the media. Unsure if more cuts will come from higher ups or from "average" employees.

    Advice to Management

    More communication needed with employees on the long term viability of positions.

  3. "Great editor job working here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Awesome opportunity working here yes

    Cons

    no cons to report sorry


  4. "World Wide Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, immediate gratification for your work.

    Cons

    Layoffs and budget cuts make the future of the company a little concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the CAP program, it is very flawed.


  5. "Best job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    A very very Friendly encironment

    Cons

    To many staff members hired

    Advice to Management

    Hire only a certain amount of people


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Researcher"

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    - Working in sports is a blast. Getting paid to do what many do for free as a hobby is a true privilege. A large portion of the people you work with consider it to be a dream job.
    - It's a fast-paced and dynamic environment. No two days are the same and there's not much monotony.
    - There's freedom and opportunity to flex your creative muscles, especially on the production side. No idea is out of bounds.
    - The instant gratification of seeing your work every day broadcast on national platforms (either television or in digital space) is something not many professionals experience to the degree that we do at ESPN.
    - Pay for performance. While jobs in sports media are generally not lucrative regardless of where you work, if you do well here, they will take care of you. Annual merit increases. Generous Christmas bonuses.

    Cons

    - Working in sports means working when people watch sports... nights and weekends. It's not for everyone and certainly requires a good bit of sacrifice in terms of a life outside of work
    - Media is changing quickly and becoming more agile in the digital and social world yet many of the power brokers come from traditional cable or newspaper backgrounds.
    - Simply put, its a stressful time to work in the cable industry. Every company has layoffs yet when you work for a cable giant that's constantly in the news about declining viewership and subscribers, it does add to the stress level.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about day-to-day challenges. Just because your workforce is relatively young, doesn't mean they aren't adults. Dodging doesn't do wonders for morale.

    With so many senior decision makers far removed in their own careers from the day-to-day aspect of many on their staff, a changing landscape often means that our bosses do not understand what it currently takes to succeed in our roles. Be more hands on when it comes to engaging in the daily tasks of your staff in order to truly comprehend how the changing landscape impacts everyone's jobs.


  7. "ESPN"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fun job working in sports

    Cons

    Not very good pay or benefits

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Solid Perks
    Good location - if you work in New York
    Opportunity to grow
    One of the best brands in the world

    Cons

    Political environment
    Transparency (changes happen and we don't ever receive an explanation as to why)

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more transparent (although this has been improving)


  9. "Programming Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at ESPN as an intern

    Pros

    Awesome place to work
    Great to see sports figures on a daily basjs

    Cons

    Bristol is very remote
    Little job placement in programming for recent undergrads
    HR makes little effort to communicate and retain interns


  10. "Great experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My ESPN internship experience was like no other. Not only did I have an amazing, diverse, genuine team, but was able to travel throughout the summer to various ESPN events, including The ESPYS. I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Fortunately, no cons for me.


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