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ESPN Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
282 Reviews
3.8
282 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 14 reviews)

  • clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to maintain work-life balance ( depending on your postion) (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    customer service

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

    I worked at ESPN part-time

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    none company was great to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what your are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for sports nuts

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Fun company to work for
    Great exposure to everything sports

    Cons

    Work long hours, on the road, weekends and holidays
    salary is low in industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid employer with benefits of Disney oversight and influence.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Mega multi platform powerhouse leading sports media category. Passionate people. Enormous marketplace reach and prestige. Fair and balanced culture. Innovates within their core and where they must. Creative influencer. Stability due to legacy subscription model and league partnerships.

    Cons

    Long term strategic vision. Can't see beyond bat and ball sports. Organization remains driven by TV. Driven by affiliate, sales, programming and product. Marketing has minimal influence beyond traditional advertising. Millennial a aren't as engaged as the previous generation. Leadership is driven by a good old boys network from within. Challenged with seeing bigger picture largely due to a lack of diverse, experienced talent outside the organization, traditional media and sports. Extremely low pay as they value their brand to influence outsiders to take far below market value. Bonuses are laughable regardless how well the company performs. Doesn't move it people around to grow and develop their skill set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden long term thinking, executive talent pool and innovative risk taking beyond TV. Good talent costs money and requires growth opportunity. Move your people around and higher the best and brightest externally to move the company forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Accountant in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Accountant in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged. Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot.

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management.
    Need to offer more vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Statisics Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Statistics Analyst Associate in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great part-time job, great entry level job.

    Cons

    Results driven, Mostly night and weekend hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    World Wide leader in ....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is challenging and never dull. The people I work with are great. There are on site amenities for all your needs.

    Cons

    Not much career growth or guidance. If your looking for advancement then this may not be the best choice. They seem to only advance non critical employees (middle management, PMO staff etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The many layered management structure they have is not necessary. The organization would likely work better in a matrix type of structure allowing groups to share critical resources and maximizing productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hard life, but worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer - Production in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a large company with a lot of resources. If you are lucky enough to end up with a good manager, you have a good attitude, communicate and work hard, you will move up. You get paid decently and can have the opportunity to make OT if working on certain sport. Unless you are REALLY bad at your job, you will get raises and Christmas bonuses every year. I was lucky to have great managers and I worked really hard......then when I worked with another company I could clearly appreciate the high standard levels.

    Cons

    There are opportunities to move up to a certain extent. There is a bottle neck in the production department once you get to the Associate Producer Level. Work/Life balance can suck depending on your job....but remember what the benefits of working and thriving at a company like this can do for your career.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ESPN is tough to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They say all the right things and there are a lot of benefits offered to employees.
    There are fun and exciting projects and some great people (most are not in management)
    The department I am in is flexible with hours and understanding of family issues and time off requests

    Cons

    Non collaborative, Highly competitive - almost cut throat.
    Diversity - need to be more open to others opinions and points of view
    Boys club!!!
    Old style culture and way of doing business
    Poor communication from executive levels down. (info on a need to know basis)
    Lots of rumors and unhappy employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture
    Change the closed minded people or encourage them to leave
    Hold leaders accountable for their negative actions
    Serious lack of good leadership... develop leaders and support the good one you have!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free Disney passes, looks good on a résumé, good for gaining experience, great for networking, higher ups are generally open to talking

    Cons

    They don't care about Production Assistants, not of enough advancement opportunities, some anchors are a pain to work with, very political, they know that there are a million people wanting your job so they don't have to respect you, you're just a number, vacation policy sucks, not journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use people's strengths as an asset for a better product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    * lots of dough sloshing around
    * fun product
    * latest tech
    * many smart people there

    Cons

    * way too many layers of management
    * no accountability since there is so much dough around
    * micromanagement
    * middling benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer layers of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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