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ESPN Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
282 Reviews
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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.  

    Incredible place to work;

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A near-obsession with ensuring it is staying on the front edge of trends. Smart people everywhere. Crosses many industries and technologies. Appreciated even more when you spend time around other major media, tech and telecoms companies.

    Cons

    Not perfect - no place is. HQ location in semi-rural central CT is tough for many, and without question it does thrive on a culture and people that battle with work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ESPN- To Serve the Fan

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    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England

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

    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
  3.  

    Great Brand, great experience

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

    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
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    Great employees, political organisation

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at ESPN

    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    World Wide leader in ....

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    • 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

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