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ESPN Reviews

Updated 11 February 2016
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ESPN President John Skipper
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is at par with other companies in the region (in 23 reviews)

  • Great work environment; family friendly (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Horrendous work-life balance and the expectation that you are constantly available (in 24 reviews)

  • Long hours and traveling was constant (in 21 reviews)

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381 Employee Reviews

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  1. "Incredible place to work;"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. "ESPN- To Serve the Fan"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England
    Former Employee - Director of Programming in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 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"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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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
    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 company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company, very cool place to work!

    Cons

    Pay is not very competitive.


  8. "Somewhat, possibly okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESPN part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, huge employee base

    Cons

    Slow workplace progression and frequent company wide layoffs


  9. "Job you need to love but if you love it, it's no longer a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor

    I have been working at ESPN (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great creative position, tons of flexibility, great management

    Cons

    Hours can be consuming sometimes


  10. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at ESPN.

    Cons

    They pay you very little because they know the company has an insane amount of demand.


  11. "ESPN work LIfe"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Bristol, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Bristol, CT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, Easy job, pressure building times

    Cons

    Work life balance is a bit delicate to matain

    Advice to Management

    Great job



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