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ESPN Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
271 Reviews
3.9
271 Reviews
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ESPN President John Skipper
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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 15 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    X Games Event Staff

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    Former Employee - Event Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Event Staff in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at ESPN as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Volunteerism and philanthropy are highly valued here.

    Cons

    The X Games left LA for Austin, TX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeful the X Games will someday return to Los Angeles, CA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Production Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Production Intern in Bristol, CT (US)

    I have been working at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coming to work everyday is exciting, offers excellent benefits, top-notch facilities, and unrivaled opportunity for networking in the sports industry.

    Cons

    Consumes your life, promotions are difficult to come by unless you are very long tenured, it's a corporation and while it sounds glamorous it is a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ESPN has an incredible amount of smart and talented employees, but is the bloom coming off the rose?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    clearly the leader in sports media and technology and part of the Disney family

    Cons

    organization can feel siloed and you can see the impact of the pressures of the increased competition in the sports media landscape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skipper has done a solid job so far, but some of the cultural strength of the organization left with Bodenheimer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice place to work

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

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

    Pros

    If you love sports, this is the place to work. We cover sports in a way that no one else can and the work we do is pretty amazing, most of the time. Its also a fun place to work with good people.

    Cons

    The Bristol location can be difficult, unless you want to live in CT. Can't commute there from the city, so if you want to be in the city, the only possible jobs are in marketing, research and ad sales. Most everything else is in Bristol. Two other cons are salary (because so many want to work here, there's little incentive for the company to pay well) and no leaves, so career advancement can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to look at advancement, promotions, rewards a little more creatively. And I also feel that we don't do enough to cross-pollinate people and ensure that as you progress in the company you get a broad understanding of the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's not just a job ... it's your life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    People look at you in awe when you tell them you work at ESPN. A great place to hone your skills. Most people are willing to teach you anything they know.

    Cons

    Recognition doesn't always come from what you do. A lot depends on who you know and how well you praise them. The scale on Work/Life balance is definitely tilted toward work. Its very hard to do balance life when work takes up your life 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible brand to be associated with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing
    Current Employee - Affiliate Sales & Marketing

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

    Pros

    Offer some of the greatest media products and brands, and has, and uses, their leverage to get distribution. Everyone will return your call.

    Cons

    Club-like setting of old-boys network. Non-insiders will not be advanced and club members will be protected in any downsizing, regardless of talent or value to business advancement. Unfortunately employees quickly find that your career will be better served by making friends with the right group and assuring that you cover yourself, than trying to move the business forward. Definitely a second set of rules and evaluations for employees that are connected to the original Bristol thread. An unusually large percentage of management have poor people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh management on media networks side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to love it here, but Senior leadership is a mess.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, TVs in your cube/office, excellent facilities (except for some buildings -- like North Campus). Being owned by Disney has it's perks (free movie screenings and Disney parks discounts). Lots of celeb/athlete sightings on Main Campus.

    Cons

    Constantly re-orging and changing job roles to serve little purpose. Sometimes the company tends to chase the "shiny object" rather than coming up with a strategy and sticking with it.

    They're not afraid to fail but they're also not thinking things through at that top level of leadership. It can often crush morale and make for a toxic work environment (depending on the personalities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really want to love working here again (I genuinely did for more than a few years) but they need to get their act together if they want to recruit and keep the top talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Alright place to work with negatives

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    pay, childcare, benefits, café, grounds

    Cons

    ethically challenged management at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great perks but old-school company

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

    I worked at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at ESPN was a great experience allowing for a lot of exposure to the sports industry. Meet athletes, go to award shows, see the X-games - all great experiences. I worked in digital and it was an exciting part of the company - lots of cool and interesting collaborations with brands happening here.

    Cons

    The company is owned by Disney. As such, it's a pretty old school company. There is a lot of slow moving bureaucracy and out-dated policies - at least when I was working there. I think it definitely largely depends on the clients you have, the market you work in and the product. ESPN can be a great company but sometimes the division of teams doesn't set one up for success. You also need to be great at internal politics to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Content

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

    has a college campus feel.. may be a con for some

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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