ESPN Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
265 Reviews
3.9
265 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perks, benefits, and they attempt work life balance (in 13 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 14 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worldwide Leader

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Very rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great brand, exposure to many parts of the business, some great managers

    Cons

    Very political. In many cases an old boys club. Decisions are slowed down due to matrix management structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Worldwide Leader in innovation and how they treat their people.

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

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

    Pros

    ESPN invests in it's people, cares for and develops them. An environment where you can learn, grow, and take on new opportunity for growth. Great people to work for, a very positive workplace!

    Cons

    There are no cons I can think of. You would be hard pressed to find a better place to work. If you are not passionate about what you do, then this might not be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great perks but old-school company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at ESPN was a great experience allowing for a lot of exposure to the sports industry. Meet athletes, go to award shows, see the X-games - all great experiences. I worked in digital and it was an exciting part of the company - lots of cool and interesting collaborations with brands happening here.

    Cons

    The company is owned by Disney. As such, it's a pretty old school company. There is a lot of slow moving bureaucracy and out-dated policies - at least when I was working there. I think it definitely largely depends on the clients you have, the market you work in and the product. ESPN can be a great company but sometimes the division of teams doesn't set one up for success. You also need to be great at internal politics to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Get in, get what you need and get out

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

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

    Pros

    Big name on your resume to build a career off of.

    Cons

    Location, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Brand, great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England (UK)

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the biggest sports TV company in the world can really only help your career. Their content is, with a few exceptions, among the very best. TWDC perks are not bad, although not significantly different from the media industry in general. Disney has a well developed internal training programme.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth unless you're in Bristol, the London office struggled with personal and professional development. Remuneration levels are slightly below the industry standard as the consensus is "you should be happy to work in sports".

    International division suffered from lack of leadership and there was very little connection between ESPN and Disney.

    Working long hours and on weekends can to some extent be expected in a live sports environment, but remuneration should be adjusted accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    International division is now closed in the UK, so advice is not necessarily that relevant. Company should be more mindful of the markets outside of the US and re-evaluate the performance of some of the management team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Planner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Big, brand name
    Excellent innovation efforts
    Worldwide leader in sports

    Cons

    Long hours
    Very strategic at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Inside the World Wide Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, but not like the commercials

    Perks - Zero tickets to games. Best perk is the Disney passes
    Benefits - The doctors I see say the benefits package I have is pretty good
    Promotions - are hard to come by.

    Cons

    Lack of promotions and low compensation lead to this being a pretty cutthroat place. Very typical to have multiple people fighting for expanded roles and assignments in the hopes of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Leader in their space and constantly evolving company

    Cons

    Matrix organization with multiple reporting structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in growth opportunities

  11.  

    Great company, horrible HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Excellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    Cons

    HR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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