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Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 35 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by like-minded smart people. Internal opportunities are there to advance if you are able to network well. Good training program in Bristol headquarters and some perks.

    Cons

    A little clicky - tough to advance unless you are in the 'in' crowd. Fairly long hours and no real feedback or encouragement to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback for employees and better mentor system. Pay more attention to smart younger employees within the company who have a lot to offer.


  2. "World Wide Leader in?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, okay pay, time off (if you can take it)

    Cons

    Politics, double standards, location, poor hours

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to people


  3. "Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Post-Production Editor | Motion Graphics Producer in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized efficient and highly effective work place.

    Cons

    Low starting pay options. Work balance/life due to location is poor. Connecticut has little to offer for young and single employees.


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  5. "Production Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Production Planner in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Production Planner in Orlando, FL
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many opportunities with the company

    Cons

    Schedule changes to frequently from week to week


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Cutting highlights for SC, cutting video/sound/montages for SC, working as a part of the show staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Dress code is casual (you can wear jeans to work everyday)
    Hit the ground running: you play a role in the creation of each show, you don't get coffee. Ex: it's common to be creating the highlights you see on SC within 6 months of being at the company.
    Overtime pay: you get time and a half OT pay and get paid extra when you work holidays
    You're encouraged to watch sports at work.

    Cons

    Hours: you will likely work weekends and very strange hours. (Highlight shifts are usually 4pm-2am, though you regularly work later than that). 9-5 jobs Monday-Friday is a unicorn position.
    Very little flexibility for time off: you have to plan your vacations really far in advance, at least 2 months.
    No holidays off: sports happen on holidays. It's near impossible to get them off.
    Overtime: you will rarely work a 40 hour week or an 8 hour day. And by rarely, I mean almost never.
    High stress: it's TV, which means everything is in a very tight schedule, the expectations are very high, and mistakes are not taken lightly.


  7. "ESPN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advertising in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Environment (you're around people that LOVE sports, obviously)
    -The relationships you develop professionally and personally w/the people you work with ...some are famous...but they become first-name basis people/friends after working with them regularly
    -Name recognition
    -Disney Brand

    Cons

    -Compensation...sorry but it's honestly TERRIBLE!
    -"Old school" approach to management it really felt archaic at times...ESPECIALLY compared to companies in the technology age
    -Cheap: the company was just really cheap (at least in my office) cubicals were old, software was old/or not available, tech support was bad at best, dinners/lunches were scarce....it is commonplace for team meals at most good companies these days
    -COMPENSATION
    -Dishonesty to advertisers about ROI
    -Advancement

    Advice to Management

    -Please employ a comp-structure that retains good talent
    -Loosen up...take a page out of growing companies in the tech age and how the invite and retain talent
    -Why were we in suits everyday? We're not lawyers, we're not off-duty pastors, we work in advertising...why did we need to have a suit on when we weren't meeting with a client outside of the office
    -Where is the advancement? Who helps take ownership (on the company's end) letting you know the different areas that are possible?


  8. "Mid level manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's cool to say you work at ESPN, everyday is different, there are good people amongst the lower level employee crowd. You may meet celebrities and travel to major sports events. You also may do none of that.

    Cons

    The stuff you read on Deadspin is all true. And they only report a drop in the bucket. Morals and morale are very low. Watch your back. Poor pay. You are a cog in a very large machine.

    Advice to Management

    Upper level management is the problem.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "When's the next layoff going to be, Oct?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rockville Centre, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rockville Centre, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The former Sr Management was amazing. But the new Management is just a reboot of old management and only the friends get to stay.

    Cons

    They talk about hiring based on first hiring as 'Freelance', but the inside scoop is that they don't really plan on doing that. They hire a person as a temp employee for 30 months (it use to be 18 months). In the end they just hire another person as a temp employee for another 30 months. Good news, they will hire you back as a temp employee for a new 30 months after 12 months have passed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't eat at IHOP the morning before you start the layoffs. That was classy, thanks boss.


  11. "Account Exec"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, company, everyone know the brand. That also makes growth prospects challenging. Tough to introduce new money making ideas if it differs from the status quo.

    Cons

    $$, political, not much diversity making decisions

    Advice to Management

    diversity makes good business sense


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