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ESPN Reviews

Updated 25 November, 2014
Updated 25 November, 2014
274 Reviews
3.9
274 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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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.  

    Intense and sometimes rewarding, but unfocused.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Technology and Operations Analyst in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very exciting and fast moving, with several intangible perks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in determining direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible brand to be associated with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing

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

    Pros

    Offer some of the greatest media products and brands, and has, and uses, their leverage to get distribution. Everyone will return your call.

    Cons

    Club-like setting of old-boys network. Non-insiders will not be advanced and club members will be protected in any downsizing, regardless of talent or value to business advancement. Unfortunately employees quickly find that your career will be better served by making friends with the right group and assuring that you cover yourself, than trying to move the business forward. Definitely a second set of rules and evaluations for employees that are connected to the original Bristol thread. An unusually large percentage of management have poor people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh management on media networks side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's not just a job ... it's your life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    People look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    Cons

    Recognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ESPN has an incredible amount of smart and talented employees, but is the bloom coming off the rose?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family

    Cons

    organization can feel siloed and you can see the impact of the pressures of the increased competition in the sports media landscape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skipper has done a solid job so far, but some of the cultural strength of the organization left with Bodenheimer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    If you love sports, this is the place to work. We cover sports in a way that no one else can and the work we do is pretty amazing, most of the time. Its also a fun place to work with good people.

    Cons

    The Bristol location can be difficult, unless you want to live in CT. Can't commute there from the city, so if you want to be in the city, the only possible jobs are in marketing, research and ad sales. Most everything else is in Bristol. Two other cons are salary (because so many want to work here, there's little incentive for the company to pay well) and no leaves, so career advancement can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to look at advancement, promotions, rewards a little more creatively. And I also feel that we don't do enough to cross-pollinate people and ensure that as you progress in the company you get a broad understanding of the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

    has a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

  9.  

    Content

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

    has a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a good experience that provided me with a lot of opportunity.

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

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a cool atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy to be there and everyone from the janitors to the President was willing to talk to you. It's a great place to work and they seem to really care about their employees. Many activities to bring every one together.

    Cons

    The long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Worldwide Leader

    • 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

    Pros

    Tons of resources at your disposal. Energetic work atmosphere. Disney Perks

    Cons

    At times lots of hurdles to get to use the resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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