ESPN Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
264 Reviews
3.9
264 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  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    nice campus, people are friendly

    Cons

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

  2.  

    It was a good experience that provided me with a lot of opportunity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESPN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a cool atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy to be there and everyone from the janitors to the President was willing to talk to you. It's a great place to work and they seem to really care about their employees. Many activities to bring every one together.

    Cons

    The long hours and the turn around time for finding out if you got a position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worldwide Leader

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESPN

    Pros

    Tons of resources at your disposal. Energetic work atmosphere. Disney Perks

    Cons

    At times lots of hurdles to get to use the resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand, exposure to many parts of the business, some great managers

    Cons

    Very political. In many cases an old boys club. Decisions are slowed down due to matrix management structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

    Great perks but old-school company

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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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Great Brand, great experience

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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