ESPN Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
246 Reviews
3.9
246 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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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Great Brand, great experience

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time for 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
  3.  

    Great employees, political organisation

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    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
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    Good People, but chaotic

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    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
  6.  

    Good Company but depends which department you are. Finance is terrible team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Awesome work environment in company and no protocols

    Cons

    Finance team has some aweful heads who are fit for nothing and are here till retirement as they dont fit anywhere else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change finance and admin team

  7.  

    Love ESPN

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay and good management.

    Cons

    I do not find any cons. I think the scheduling is a little tough but overall is a great place to work.

  8.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Stats Analyst  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Stats Analyst in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They invest in employees and provide good benefits. Very good work environment. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Change can be slow, as with most big companies. This prevents a lot of good feedback from being fully implemented. Most entry-level jobs (and many middle-management roles) require night/weekend/holiday hours. Because of demand most entry-level roles are underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring smart people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome place to work and succeed

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    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Media Operator in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    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
  10.  

    Great experience, but too corporate

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Bristol, CT (US)

    I worked at ESPN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experiences you can't get anywhere else. Connected to the top brands in the world, ABC, Disney, ESPN.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, talent isn't rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to reward folks who are doing an awesome job outside of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I can see myself working here for a while

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN for less than a year

    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

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