ESPN Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
259 Reviews
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259 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    The Worldwide Leader in innovation and how they treat their people.

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

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

    Pros

    ESPN invests in it's people, cares for and develops them. An environment where you can learn, grow, and take on new opportunity for growth. Great people to work for, a very positive workplace!

    Cons

    There are no cons I can think of. You would be hard pressed to find a better place to work. If you are not passionate about what you do, then this might not be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Planner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Big, brand name
    Excellent innovation efforts
    Worldwide leader in sports

    Cons

    Long hours
    Very strategic at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get what you need and get out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Big name on your resume to build a career off of.

    Cons

    Location, low salary, old boys club & politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Inside the World Wide Leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, but not like the commercials

    Perks - Zero tickets to games. Best perk is the Disney passes
    Benefits - The doctors I see say the benefits package I have is pretty good
    Promotions - are hard to come by.

    Cons

    Lack of promotions and low compensation lead to this being a pretty cutthroat place. Very typical to have multiple people fighting for expanded roles and assignments in the hopes of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN

    Pros

    Leader in their space and constantly evolving company

    Cons

    Matrix organization with multiple reporting structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in growth opportunities

  7.  

    Work Hard Play Hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor

    Pros

    Elite event access, fair wages, fringe benefits that make it really worth putting in the extra effort

    Cons

    Monolithic hierarchy makes it hard for new employees to gain responsibility and credibility, long hours, relentless commitment to excellence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give newbies a shot at real responsibility, especially temps and interns

  8.  

    Awesome time working at this cutting edge company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Video Production in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager, Video Production in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work in a fast-paced environment with a collaborative staff and engaging managers.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up quickly with the huge amount of full time staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company I have ever worked for

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that provides sports information to college teams and websites.

    Cons

    Smaller company so HR questions were not immediately answered, but were within a few days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great company, horrible HR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Excellent company to work for, not much perks as people say, even though you can get into Disney parks for free anytime, you are 2000 miles from the nearest park.

    If you want a job to seat and do nothing from 9 to 5, you find yourself a great place. Also, if you are not into great technology or great projects to work, yep, here is your place as well.

    Cons

    HR is blocker in any promotion or way to get a better position. They still stuck with slow pace companies and very inefficient. They advocate to low ball all the salaries and try to oversell working for this company, because they know once you start working here, there is nowhere else to go. It is not like working in big cities like NY, Boston, etc. ESPN basically doesn't have to compete with anyone, so, don't expect market range salary here.

    Another point is the location, Bristol is in middle of nowhere, nothing much to do around, you need to drive at least 30 minutes to find something.

    Not forgetting the most disappointing thing, you have free coffee, however they don't provide cups (that is just the ridiculous part, they say it is for "greener" environment, really?! Recycling program doesn't help?), anyways, if you want to work here, bring your own coffee mug. (it includes some paper cups for your visits as well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid any interference from HR, they may harm the business just by not knowing the real needs.
    Also, try to keep the talents, the good ones are leaving every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Its a job...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Telling people you work for ESPN is awesome. They are definitely an industry leader and a company that others could take some notes from. The office is very flexible and allows working from home, casual dress, and often ESPN sponsored event which can be fun.

    Cons

    The work environment of regional offices suffers from massive politics and management issues. A lack of holding people accountable starts at the top and severely impacts lower level employees. People are kept on staff that destroy teams and ruin it for all. No one is ever fired nor reprimanded. They do not offer competitive compensation and the opportunity for advancement is not there in regional offices for most departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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