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"Upbeat & fun, but you'd better be a team player."

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Current Contractor - General Editor
Current Contractor - General Editor
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at ESPN as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

High esprit de corps, a sense of fun to be there, to be able to contribute, and a brand you can be proud of.

Cons

They love their meetings, which can be tough if you're coming from a looser, more spontaneous creative environment.

Advice to Management

Would love to see more national jobs based at their LA campus.

Other Employee Reviews for ESPN

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, but lacking real stuff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    If you like sports, a large company, a matrix environment where mediocre thrives this is the place for you. There are some great fringe benefits thanks to the parent company Disney.

    Cons

    Lifers rule here. People who worked other places with other real life experiences other than Bristol CT typically do not do well here unless they are willing to drink the Kool Aid served in Bristol. People right out of college can learn some things here. Mobility up or laterally is difficult when one self advocates. Do not be discouraged, every year or every other year there is a re-organization where management decides what to do and where you go. Management chooses to under staff and provide limited resources for most projects unless it is one of the two top priorities. Other lower priorities get so prioritized they end up taking extended time 1-2 years to complete or are forgot about all together. HR and other HR employee support people sponsor events at ESPN. These events are all show and no substance. They go through the motions but really do not truly care for and about the employees and their families. Core Medical and Dental benefits are governed by Disney and they are abysmal. Worst core benefits received in my whole career. Great potential but Disney is choking ESPN's ability to grow. Disney is taking more money out and providing less in Capex and Opex.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many layers at ESPN, starting with the parent relationship with Disney that need to be addressed. ESPN Executive & Sr. Management down through to Middle Management to the people actually doing the work are not cohesive.
    People have provided feedback to annual company surveys. Executive and Sr. Mangement need to listen and more importantly take action on fulfilling the needs of the employees and in turn help grow the company.
    Do not perform a re-organization every year just for the sake of having a re-organization. It is like changing your seat on the titanic, its futile. Provide more mobility for the employees.


  2. "Deeply Admired Brand, Solid benefits, Strong Executive Management, Low Pay."

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    Current Employee - ESPN Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ESPN Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic portfolio of brands
    Great benefits and perks
    Strong Executive Management
    Resources to do your job

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Difficult to move up within the organization
    Low Pay

    Advice to Management

    Establish better middle management

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