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Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. "Sr. Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Competitive working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Slow.


  2. "Could Be Fun When You Get Passed thh Ball"

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

    I worked at NBA full-time

    Pros

    Pay and perks like staying at 5 star hotels and chartered flights. Short work year compared to most 9-5s--especially if your team doesn't make the playoffs. Get paid for playing a game you love.

    Cons

    I never got off the bench and when I did my teammates rarely passed me the ball. Everyone fighting to get their $$$s.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the minimum wage and raise salary cap.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Despicable, backstabbing culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is decent and they now offer bonuses to all levels.
    Maternity benefits are also good.
    Some people get to travel a lot (Not all groups, but some definitely do).
    Thursday snacks.

    Cons

    Like others have mentioned in their reviews, the promotion process is a joke. You will never get an explanation why you got passed over a promotion or why your bonus is high or low. You have to scream to get anything; the person that screams the loudest gets everything he/she wants while others that may be producing great work, but do not backstab, get left behind.

    This awful culture also applies to many aspects - if you are part of the pack, you get to travel all the time and go to All Star, while others never ever get to travel (All-Star included). However, if they scream and/or cry, they may get what they want, depending on your boss' circle of influence.

    The most negative aspect that weights on junior employees is the notion that "your boss will do anything to impress his/her boss". No one (but one person) at a VP-level does any work. Please watch the TED talk video from Jason Fried "Why work doesn't happen at work" so that you understand my point a little bit better. 90% of the VP+ are hugely incompetent and fit the description in that video to a T. VP+ at the NBA will make most of the junior staff work on weekends when it is usually unnecessary, again in a desperate attempt to impress their own boss.

    Stay away - continue to go to the games and enjoy it, but the culture at the NBA is nothing like what you see on the court.

    Advice to Management

    Value your junior staff (below VP) and recognize that they get most of the stuff done at the company (negotiate contracts, work late nights and weekends often for a very low pay and a 1-2% increase).

    Hire more "do-ers", less "tell-ers". A director/manager/coordinator is usually a do-er. A VP+ is usually just "telling" people what to do, but not helping.

    Limit the weekend work to extremely time-sensitive matters. In the last 2 years, weekend work has become the norm (going back to the "impress your boss no matter what" mentality).


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "If you come, don't stay long"

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

    I worked at NBA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are standard but decent; they recently improved their maternity and paternity leave offering. The option to telecommute (at least occasionally) is available for most jobs. In the right roles there are abundant opportunities to travel domestically and internationally. Since Adam Silver took over as Commissioner, there is an emphasis on transparency between management and employees. He is also very focused on improving the culture of the company. They now offer a 1-month sabbatical if you work there for 10 years or more. (And there are many, MANY employees who have been there for more than 10 or 20 years.)

    Cons

    Your happiness and your ability to succeed at the NBA is 100% dependent on whom your boss is. Promotions are a joke and are not at all related to your ability to perform. I've seen overachievers who give it there all who are never acknowledged, while incompetent slackers (with multiple HR complaints against them) are promoted year after year. Your ability to telecommute, use vacation days, or work modified hours (say, come into the office at 10 a.m. since you were up all night on a call with China) is supposed to be a company policy, but again is entirely dependent on who your boss is.

    Despite Adam's efforts to empower employees at all levels, key decisions are made by a small group of king-makers in NY (God help you if you're in a regional office). The company is very bureaucratic and any efforts to make changes or innovations will be blocked at every step. I highly recommend if you get a job here to only stay for 2-3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers (which I know you're working on), truly empower your employees to innovate, and put some money and effort into your international marketing campaigns for a change.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "GP international"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at NBA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    close to the game, work/life balance, benefits

    Cons

    More red tape. More work for less pay. Growth. Favoritism, Entitlement


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Hard working place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are working for the NBA!

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management, who have been there forever. Hard to progress. Underpay relative to comparable media positions as there is some cache to working for a major sports league.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "NBA is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Solid culture.

    Cons

    One of the few cons could be work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the transparency.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "NBA Coordinator, Game Review and Strategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Terrific work atmosphere on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Travel on a daily basis becomes difficult.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Project Employee"

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    Current Employee - Project Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NBA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Name recognition, some cool merchandise, get to work for a league you can be proud of

    Cons

    Awful work life-balance. You will be expected to do the work of 3 people and not get compensated accordingly. Don't believe when they tell you project employees get an advantage when applying for full-time positions, the NBA prefers hiring from the outside. You get no social benefits as a project employee, you make less and pay more health insurance while getting no paid time off. favoritism is rampant, you will not be judged by your work but by who from management you suck up to

    Advice to Management

    Make project a temp to hire


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Having logo man as your business cards

    Cons

    politics, preferential treatment of employees, no respect by senior management



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