ESPN Reviews

Updated 26 August, 2014
Updated 26 August, 2014
243 Reviews

3.8
243 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great team, Awesome work life balance, Opportunity to learn (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work (in 11 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome place to work and succeed

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    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    They care about you! Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance

    Cons

    24/7/265 because of these hours, you can't please everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get behind the education push for those who want to pursue advanced degrees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoy the flexibility in schedules and the feeling of a community throughout the entire company. Very relaxed environment

    Cons

    Haven't been here long enough to find any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication flowing and continue to take advice from those "below" you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    ESPN is a great company focused on developing its people and serving it's fans.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    They are flexible and supportive and have great growth opportunities. It's like a family there.

    Cons

    24/7 environment. No matter how great they are about work/life/balance.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    values, oppotunity, expertise, thought leadership of entire workforce, esp senior management. professional development and management training commitments.

    Cons

    compensation below industry standard norms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't have any at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not that exciting once you are in

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perfect for place to work if you love sports.Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Need to invest in people and resources/technology. Make sure you ask questions about your pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication. There is a lack of leadership and overall company strategy. I came from organizations where the heads of the company would share the vision and strategy of business. I was shocked this didn't happen at ESPN. Each department does not work together or even know each other. Company headquarters are in Bristol so if you are not there you cant take advantage of all the perks. Different departments should collaborate with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting, yet often dull

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Fresno, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Fresno, CA (US)

    I worked at ESPN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Allowed me to have an insider perspective of operations for ESPN Radio. I especially enjoyed utilizing data analysis to back up/research host(s) talking points.

    Cons

    At times there was simply a lack of work. Some hosts were less than generous in helping find work or projects during those times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns to independently create additional projects on certain key topics/segments that hosts are interested in further exploring.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A great company. Good to their employees. Great benefits and incentives & activities.

    Everything done there is an excellent product. The best it can be. One can take pride in that. I loved that about the company. It is a class act!

    Cons

    It's huge company so staffs work life can be dramatically difference. It can feel like you are in a non-stop factory if you are in production, 24/7/365. Some never having holidays or a 2 days weekend off (just 2 single days during the week). OR you can have a stressful and intense but not long hour job as I did. I was compensated very well. Schedules and hours can vary big time from group to group.

    They will get you at the lowest salary that they can so get all you can in the beginning. Most people just jump on board to work for ESPN.

    If you have to live in Bristol, CT. Well....it's Bristol, CT. Long cold snowy winters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so afraid to get rid of upper management that is not good for the company and employees. Too many overpaid positions where people are doing very little and coasting along at the expense of the company, a head count doing nothing but the minimum and creating bad moral for those who report to them. Many people want to be excellent there. Let them and cut the others who seem untouchable for some reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sexual harassment endless, Fraternity Feel, Big egos, Small pay

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to actively work on productions from the start, great to see work one has accomplished make it on-air, good movement between sports and departments

    Cons

    Work atmosphere is abysmal, horrible conditions for young women who are harassed daily, solicitations on the job, files filled with complaints and no punishments. Absolutely frat feel, little openness to new ideas, good old boys club, only advance if you know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your butt and actually makes some legitimate sexual harassment policies instead of "we deal with each matter as it comes up" which essentially means we ignore and take no responsibility for anyone. Lead by example, stop hiring big egos and friends of friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Idea of working at ESPN way better than the Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

    I have been working at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with smart people
    Interesting products relevant to any sports fan

    Cons

    Zero Growth Opportunity
    Micro Managed
    Easily replaceable due to desirability of name
    Lack of transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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