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ESPN Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
242 Reviews

3.8
242 Reviews
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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.  

    ESPN- To Serve the Fan

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Programming  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time working with ESPN and Disney, especially in the London, England office. It was the best years of my career.

    Cons

    My division was downsized because of financial reason, which is fine, I accept the fact that it was a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send more people on training courses, I found my participation in Leadership Discovery very rewarding and still use aspects I learned almost everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Brand, great experience

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

    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
  3.  

    Great employees, political organisation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great staff members who are passionate and committed, and the ability to work in an environment dominated by sports - TVs on with the latest game, knowledgeable journalists in the office etc. Opportunity to work with a global team

    Cons

    Political and bureaucratic, slow to make changes or keep up with market trends. Slow to remove under performers. In smaller markets, limited promotion opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move faster! Competitors advance much more quickly, and politics and bureaucracy slows down any initiatives to address this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good People, but chaotic

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    Pros

    It's expanding rapidly and there's plenty of opportunity to do as much work as you want to.

    Cons

    Not enough people to do the amount of work needed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome place to work and succeed

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

    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
  7.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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

    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
  8.  

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Wonderful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  10.  

    Not that exciting once you are in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    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
  11.  

    Interesting, yet often dull

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

    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.

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