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Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. "Good experience. Not a long-term career option"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NESN full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good culture, outside of downtown Boston with plenty of parking.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for internal growth, highly competitive, no work/life balance, zero retention of top-tier employees

    Advice to Management

    There's more to a quality work environment other than a healthy bottom line. Too many closed doors. Not enough open dialogue between management and employees. Fear is not inspiring.


  2. "Lousy pay"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer II in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Web Developer II in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are nice and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    There isn't much work for a web developer at NESN. The crux of the job is to teach and re-teach marketing and sales how to use tools they themselves ought to be familiar with. NESN.com is a WordPress blog. If you're a web developer I advise steering clear of WordPress as it's a frustrating codebase to work in.

    The compensation is terrible. If you ask for a raise you won't get it (which is the norm across all organizations these days). I didn't realize how poorly some employees were paid until I revisited Glassdoor 2 years after I quit. You will need roommates or supplemental income to live in the Boston area on a NESN salary.

    Management will not reveal NESN's revenue. This is the only company I've worked at that doesn't share financials. It makes you feel like a second-class employee.

    Attrition rate is high. If there's an NHL or MLB lockout it will affect you. It's a traditional corporate culture: men have to wear slacks, dress shirt and a necktie.

    NESN is in a boring office park in Watertown. The best way to get there is to drive yourself. The only public transportation available is a bus.

    NESN.com subsists off of advertisement revenue. Adoption rate of ad blockers continue to grow and since iOS 9 developers may create native extensions for Safari to block ads and third-party content. Aside from selling content I don't know how NESN.com will overcome this.

    And on the TV side: ESPN has lost just under 1.2 million subscribers in October and November of 2016. This indicates a trend that viewers are not willing to pay through the nose for live programming.

    Advice to Management

    There's not much you can do since you're at the mercy of the FSG, the leagues and cable affiliates. So, good luck!


  3. "Postiive learning and growth opportunity that opened doors"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great company benefits including health, dental and tickets to games
    Supprtive and hard working manager

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities
    Limited visibility into other departments

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward employees for performance


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  5. "Highly structured considering they didn't know what direction they were heading."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly-integrated environment between the different divisions and lots of people with loads of experience to turn to in every department.

    Cons

    Different departments struggled to get on the same page at times and were extremely rigid about odds and ends that they didn't seem to completely understand.


  6. "Previous Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great internship experience, definitely will lead to future opporunities

    Cons

    Hours went until late at night


  7. "PA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for over time daily

    Cons

    No one cares about your work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees


  8. "Use them and Lose them"

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

    I worked at NESN full-time

    Pros

    - Be associated with the Red Sox and Bruins
    - Great resume builder because people on the outside don't know the truth

    Cons

    - You wont find many places with worse management at the senior level
    - Overall culture is toxic lead by a multitude of "lifers" who are terrified of change and push new people down
    - Revolving door of employees making it hard to stay on clear direction
    - Senior management is terrified of CEO so they make no decisions without his approval
    - Compensation does not match experience or results

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Then retire. Turn the keys over to the people who know what they are doing at the mid level.


  9. "Great for the short term, bit dicey long term"

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

    Pros

    Great peers at NESN. Young workforce.

    Cons

    Middle Management is skittish and they seem not to mind a revolving door


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    "Poor compensation, brutal schedule, opportunities to learn"

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

    I worked at NESN full-time

    Pros

    There are many learning opportunities in multiple areas. My advice is to work there for 2-5 years and look at that time as extra education.

    Cons

    Compensation does not match responsibility level or skill level. The pay is very low compared to other positions at similar companies. The schedule can be brutal for some positions including lots of nights, weekends, and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees by improving compensation. You will attract and retain talented people that way. Invest in quality programming. Stop relying on Red Sox game broadcasts to be your main money maker. There are programming opportunities out there that you aren't going after.


  11. "Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NESN part-time

    Pros

    some of the best co-workers I have had. Everyone is willing to work together and help each other. Overall a very collaborative environment.

    Cons

    The hours here can be challenging. You are at the mercy of the red sox and the bruins. There may be nights you are working much longer than anticipated, and there can be very long nights.


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