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Updated July 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Pride in mediocrity has ESPN rapidly becoming an irrelevant has-been."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are TV's on every desk. There are lots of affordable neighborhoods within easy commuting distance to Bristol. Benefits are pretty good, as a part of the Disney corporate family. Working on sports is a dream job for many people.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected, and results in lots of turnover in the lower ranks. Bristol is a little too quiet of a place for single people. There are layers upon layers of management, leading to lots of jobs that are not quite as important or as empowered as they might seem. Senior Management has alarmingly little credibility among the workforce - the offices keep getting bigger and the cubes keep getting smaller.

    Advice to Management

    ESPN has done nothing especially innovative - on air or online - for a long time. It's time to expect more from George and his direct reports.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "ESPN - The Worldwide Leader in Mediocrity"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to sporting events. Sports content is more fun to work with than, say, mortgage financing or actuarial accounting. The company has an extraordinary amount of money with which to pursue different initiatives. Also, with Disney as a parent organization, ESPN offers certain "built in" business synergies with a giant entertainment conglomerate that reaches millions of people every year. The end product that ESPN produces (television production of games as well as Sportscenter) is highly regarded and of pretty high quality (although getting more and more overproduced). Working at ESPN is also a great conversation starter at barbecues. People love to talk about ESPN....

    Cons

    Senior management is pretty incompetent overall. ESPN is a traditional top-heavy organization - too many VPs, SVPs and EVPs. Big egos with mediocre educational backgrounds constitute most of senior management. I've found that most senior management soaks in the perks of their titles - first class airline travel for anyone V.P. or higher, window offices, the ability to approve their own expense reports, great tickets to sporting events, etc. But in the end, most of them don't actually have any real deliverables. 80% of ESPN's revenue comes from deals that it struck with cable companies years and years ago. The senior management now could be cut by 2/3 and nobody would notice a thing in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is about more than socializing with the boys' club and taking credit for your department's work at ever turn.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not all it's cracked up to be"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Researcher in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ESPN provides a great atmosphere to work in and your friends will be envious. Highly visible, and be the first to hear all of the biggest news in sports.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be much room for advancement at ESPN unless you have an in with a higher up.

    Advice to Management

    The HR department can use some serious work in their hiring process, or at least they did when I was there.


  4. "espn great for backstabbing & politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a paycheck is the only reason

    Cons

    politics, backstabbing, clueless management at most levels

    Advice to Management

    stop lying and infighting


  5. "Deception and Mismanagement"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Montgomery, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name and strong brand. Great network of talent and people behind the scenes making things happen.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. No consideration for employees lives outside of the workplace although they preach it well. Complete cover-up and internal politics at senior level. Lying and intentionally misleading advertisers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy it while you can. Someday someone is going to knock you off the hill.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A "Sweat Shop" environment and rampant nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology, some of the worker-level employees are great people. If you're a sports fan there's monitors showing sports in a lot of places about the workplace. The technical people are great.

    Cons

    They demand a 12 hour workday of everyone who is salaried: from the lowest paid admins to the managers. Very high turnover as people are misled when hired and told the long hours are "just temporary". Some of the managers are verbally abusive, others are hiring their friends and relatives regardless of competency: relatives with no skills for a particular job will get promoted over highly skilled employees. Very bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees with simple human respect, allow for a reasonable work/life balance, fire the half of management that promotes bad practices.


  7. "Advertising Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working in sports...that's about it!

    Cons

    HORRIBLE Compensation, horrible office in NYC, NO ACCESS to sporting event tickets unless you work higher up, horrible benefits, no growth to advance your career!

    Advice to Management

    If you dont want to have to go through constant attrition, pay your employees better!

  8. "Excellent Advancement Opportunity"

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

    Pros

    A different experience than what I had expected. More work than Play.

    Cons

    I wish they knew how to pay the hardest workers.

    Advice to Management

    Please share some bonuses and find ways to make employees feel welcomed.


  9. "on field, great experience that I didn't realize would show me the intro into Sport Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    up-tempo, quick paced, very nice people, name brand, ESPN!

    Cons

    just demanding and right then and there type of thing


  10. "The shine wore off very quickly"

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    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in New Britain, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You love sports. You know your boss personally. You program in Java. and love Disney.

    Cons

    Project employees are treated like 2nd class. Company values on the card don't hold true in real life. Kiss up kick down culture. Knowing the existing domain is far more highly valued than technical skill. Very immature technical culture that is not interested in keeping with the times. Beware the project employee; it's just an internal contract that is over with the project with reduced benefits. I can't recommend it to anyone, let alone a friend.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay. TV's on every wall (if you like sports).


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