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Major League Soccer Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to network with different department (in 3 reviews)

  • Many perks (swag, tickets, happy hours) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Most internships don't seem to turn into full-time positions (in 5 reviews)

  • There is no diversity in the C-suite (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "My Major League Soccer Experience"

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    Former Employee - Athlete
    Former Employee - Athlete
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A Pro for working for MLS for nearly 10 years was traveling and experiencing different parts of the country. I was able to see so many different states and cities across the country. Also, I was able to make many new friends within the soccer community.

    Cons

    Players still are not getting the pay and freedom to play where ever they want. This will come with time but with the growth of the league it should be match equally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the right direction. It was a pleasure to be able to help the league grow. I look forward to the many years of continued success.


  2. "Public Relations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Major League Soccer part-time

    Pros

    The free swag was great!

    Cons

    Lots of long hours and late night

  3. Helpful (2)

    "You don't have to be passionate about Soccer to work here..."

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

    I have been working at Major League Soccer full-time

    Pros

    Career Growth; recognition; employee development; Awesome culture!
    You don't have to be passionate about the game to work here (but you will be)
    You are a historical part of the North American Soccer movement.

    Cons

    Long hours and lean teams!


  4. "Coordinator, Partnership Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator, Partnership Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator, Partnership Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Major League Soccer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in a growing and impactful sports, start up mentality.

    Cons

    Slow growth, organization consistently makes similar mistakes.


  5. "Timbers are the best!"

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    Current Employee - Box Office in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Box Office in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Major League Soccer part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff
    Good movement in the company

    Cons

    Low payments
    Benefits are okay


  6. "If you love it, you'll love it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, dream come true if you want to work in soccer. Travel opportunities, free tickets to games. Mostly progressive management.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, often working nights & weekends. Difficult to see promotional pathways. Pay is not great, this is a labor of love for most.


  7. "Absolutely love working at MLS. Great office environment."

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

    Pros

    Progressive, fun atmosphere. We all challenge each other to grow.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.

  8. "One of the Best Places I've Worked at"

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

    I have been working at Major League Soccer full-time

    Pros

    Great senior leadership - more or less an open door policy for most executives, and junior / mid-level staff are included in meetings and highly considered vs. my experience at other companies. I regularly see executives encourage conversation and solicit contributions from staff in meetings...that's unusual for an organization of this size.

    Other pros: the entrepreneurial culture and friendly, mission-driven type coworkers. This is really a place where you can learn and settle into for a career if soccer, sports, and / or entertainment is a passion - even if it isn't, you'll have a ton of opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the industry, and develop your skills given the "roll-up-your sleeves" culture.

    One thing I can't say enough: I really appreciate how I have never felt taken for granted - many of the executives / my senior colleagues have gone out of their way to show a genuine appreciation for going above and beyond - acknowledgement / recognition, or even just saying "thank you" or "couldn't have done this without you" goes a long way in my book...and it's not easy to find at other companies.

    Cons

    The entrepreneurial culture isn't a fit for everyone - there isn't a lot of hand holding, so you should be able to manage ambiguity, and figure out / take next steps in driving your work forward (more tailored for people who are passionate about the work). There are days where it results in working long hours, but it's relative...the hours are easier than in many other industries / companies. If you're looking for a structured environment or a 9-5, it may not be the best fit.

    There is occasional friction between groups - that can be challenging to manage at times. Culture also varies by group - to be expected (as it is in many other companies), but not left out. Finally, pay varies by function and role - it isn't a pro or con in my opinion. I have heard others say that pay is lower vs. industry standards, but to be honest, there's always a few folks that I hear the same complaint from at every mid- to large company I've been at.

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, MLS isn't perfect, but it's a pretty great team to be part of - and HR and leadership are working hard at making it even better. The culture is friendly and open, and there's a real chance to make a difference / leave your stamp on a league and sport with a very, very bright future.

    My advice to management: keep going - you're doing a great job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "MLS grows in spite of its leadership, not because of it"

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

    Pros

    Work there is you want to break into sports and get some entry level experience

    Cons

    Interns are exploited. Lower level Full Time employees are not recognized or rewarded and pay is low, even for the sports business. The most senior executive(s) surround themselves with their cronies and don't listen to the advice of others. The League grows in spite of the MLS Leadership, not because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Get new blood in at the top of the League office and work hard to create a culture of people development


  10. "Great company, growing by leaps and bounds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Major League Soccer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Engaging line of work
    - Relatively young company
    - Good work environment
    - Opportunity for wide range of work experiences

    Cons

    - Could invest more in employees
    - Lean departments, decent amount of turnover

    Advice to Management

    - More emphasis to treat your employees like you would your customers


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