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ESPN Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 34 reviews)

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

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  1. "Mid level manager"

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


  2. "Data Mining and Analytics Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Knowledge of wide variety of technologies.

    Cons

    I heard that the company is not e-verified which effects people working on visa.


  3. 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.


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  5. "Great place to work in general"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    collaborative, exciting, constant opportunities for learning, constant innovation

    Cons

    internal politics, excessive numbers of people touch all projects


  6. "Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fun place, lots of areas to explore and decent opportunities

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Product Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with sports, very honest company, good benefits

    Cons

    Too complex organisation avoiding fast moments. Too much politics

    Advice to Management

    The competition is now everywhere. You must act fast, be flexible and serve all kind of sports fans.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "ESPN is now SAD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If you like Sports Its Fun

    Cons

    They don't care about people

    Advice to Management

    Promote people that work hard - too many Cooks make decisions and its a good old boy male oriented place


  11. Helpful (6)

    "It used to be a good place to work. It's gotten too corporate now."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - On-Air Specialist in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pride our brand and in a good on-air product. State of the art technologies and always looking to push the envelope.

    Cons

    Too many e-mails, meetings and corporate paperwork. Managers treat employees like just a number. Management needs more training. Work-life balance needs to be a priority again. Company more concerned about costs and less concerned about quality. Too much paperwork and meetings for yearly reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like children and more like part of the team.



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