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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get what you need and get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Great Brand, great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programming in London, England (UK)

    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 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.  

    Sales Planner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Inside the World Wide Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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.  

    Great company, horrible HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great experience in Sports broadcasting

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

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are great reasons to work at one of the leading sports broadcasting company in the world. Also to have great perks with The Walt Disney Company, there will be a lot of people you will be ending up meeting different people. The work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Having to work on weekends and scheduling management for taking holiday is very unorganized and as well as the management team there are some that needs improvement than rather sitting ducks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more operators to fit the ease of scheduling for everyone that can cover. Management team needs to be friendlier and being humble on certain people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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