ESPN Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
265 Reviews
3.9
265 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
ESPN President John Skipper
John Skipper
110 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Incredible 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 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Great employees, political organisation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    customer service

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

    I worked at ESPN part-time

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    none company was great to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what your are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    If you truly love sports, you will fit right in. Everyone in the building is really laid back and outgoing which is nice.

    Cons

    Demanding work schedule for a minimum amount of pay. Daily commute can also become a hassle at certain times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyable and exciting workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, good benefits, plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, time-off policy for entry level workers is sub-par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the workers who make the company a fun place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A chance to work for "The World Wide Leader In Sports"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Very aggressive growth position, flexibility to guide your career path, great benefits, Best in class name recognition, solid core values

    Cons

    A bee hive environment, can get a bit robotic, HQ location, leadership tends to become disconnected with satalite locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HQ should keep in better touch with outposts. Honest reviews of management would be helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern - ESPN 1000

    Former Employee - Production Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at ESPN as an intern

    Pros

    Working with smart people, sports, celebrity encounters

    Cons

    Unpaid internship - the norm in the industry. Not a good path to full time employment

Work at ESPN? Share Your Experiences

ESPN

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.