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ESPN Reviews

Updated 20 April 2015
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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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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  2. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good People, but chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Great Place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Great Environment to work for

    Cons

    not enough oppourtunities for advancement

  8. News and Information Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - News and Information Assistant in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Contractor - News and Information Assistant in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have work experience at ESPN on my resume

    Cons

    Crazy working hours
    No flexibility
    Disorganization
    They don't listen to your complaints or new ideas
    Stuck on old ways to work

    Advice to Management

    Be in the office and make sure you know what happens in your group;
    Don't be fake;
    Listen to our complaints;

  9. Great place to learn the inner workings of live sports but hard too grow and don't stay too long or drink the kool-aid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and experience hands on live television sports environment

    Cons

    too much politics, no work life balance and low pay are the norm there. folks that got there im the late 80's and early 90's have all the key positions and plan on keeping them until retirement

    Advice to Management

    management needs to groom their successors rather then working to eliminate them or turning them on each other

  10. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Production Operations in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Intern - Production Operations in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Unlimited access to anything you'd want to learn
    - Excellent communication from supervisors
    - Great resume builder
    - You get to meet some cool people

    Cons

    - You have to pay for housing
    - If you're a production intern, your hours are matched to your supervisor's, so your schedule can be luck of the draw

  11. The world of ESPN

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

    I have been working at ESPN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Perks, Great People...For the most part.

    Cons

    Department. If you don't have a good leader the odds are against you doing well. Being a large company, hard to advance in the career you wish.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees. Some do but a lot don't. If you treat your employees well, the product will be even better. Your talent will stay and not feel they have to seek out other opportunities.

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