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National Basketball Association Employer Reviews

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Overrated waste of time
Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYSeptember 17, 2014
Pros: free tickets for basketball games
Cons: poor leadership, little job training, low salary
Poorly organized program; no investment in job training or security
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Employee (Former Employee), USASeptember 2, 2014
Great long term co-workers. Upper management is not devoted to employees.
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Global leader in sports
Vice President, Player Development (Current Employee), New York, NYAugust 24, 2014
Pros: international travel
Outstanding brand, worldwide leader in sports entertainment
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Int'l HR at a fun Sports League
Senior Coordinator, Human Resources-International (Current Employee), New York, NYJuly 29, 2014
Pros: free basketball games, all-star, great trainings, passionate colleagues
Cons: long hours, comp structure, politics
- A typical day at work is dealing with employee relations problems and working with HR specialty departments (i.e. compensation, L&D) on rolling out HR initiatives
-My coworkers are talented, dedicated, passionate, motivated, and dynamic
- The hardest part of my job is dealing with employee issues, as there is never an easy answers because every issues – more... has it's own eccentricities and challenges. However, it one's of the most rewarding parts of my job as well.
-the most enjoyable part of my job is working on int'l HR projects, and helping our international business grow – less
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Not for the faint of heart
Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), New York, NYJune 2, 2014
Worked for the NBA for five years and there was never a dull moment
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Great place to work
Coordinator, Referee Operations Executive Office (Current Employee), New York, NYMay 21, 2014
NBA is a great place to work, friendly atmosphere and everyone works together.
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Productive and fun workplace
Production and Programming Assistant, Librarian (Former Employee), Secaucus, NJMarch 27, 2014
Friendly and hard working staff make coming to work easy. Days go by fast when you work with what you like, sports.
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Everyday fruit is served
Senior Executive Assistant (Consultant) (Current Employee), Secaucus, NJMarch 21, 2014
The best thing is the work/life balance. The onsite events are fantastic.
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NBA
Senior Accountant (Current Employee), New York, NYJanuary 11, 2014
• Prepare monthly and quarterly analytics, including income statement, balance sheet, actual to budget and projection variance in accordance with GAAP financial reporting
• Prepare Ad Hoc analysis reports and analyze data to identify trends and make projections to assist with managerial decision making
• Serve as a liaison for NBA Digital and NBA TV – more... joint venture between the NBA New York, NY corporate office and Turner Broadcasting Atlanta, GA corporate office
• Work with Ernest & Young auditors during interim/yearly audits and basketball related income audit reviews, responding to questions and provide relevant support
• Prepare journal entries for month end close process, reconciliation and analysis of general ledger accounts and intercompany balances for NBA Digital, NBA TV, Global Marketing Partners, Interactive Services and Market Extensions. Including monthly revenue and subscriber analysis schedules
• Develop automation tools and leverage corporate data systems to improve accounting processes by eliminating manual data entry, reducing errors, and shortening the financial closing cycle
• Responsible for the research and resolution of technical accounting issues – less
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Fun and interesting, but with a downside
Senior Manager, Communications (Current Employee), New York, NYJanuary 2, 2014
Pros: co-workers, 401k, vacation/sick days, paternity leave
Cons: poor management; too much travel required
A typical day at the office -- generally 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. -- involves assigning/editing/writing releases for the Marketing and Communications departments, managing a group of three writers as well as a password-protected site, and editing/writing several electronic newsletters. Additionally, oftentimes there are executive statements to craft as well – more... as research responsibilities. There also is a significant amount of travel involved -- perhaps 40-50 days per year -- during which time added responsibilities including media and player relations and game-night preparations.

I have spent my entire tenure at the NBA working in communications and have gained a wealth of transferable skills, including, but not limited to, media relations, managing people, My writing/editing skills also have improved significantly over my 14 years with the NBA.

The vast majority of the people I work and have worked with are excellent at their jobs.

Perhaps the most difficult part of the job is that the 24/7 aspect of the industry coupled with the amount of travel makes for an out of whack work/life balance. The most enjoyable aspects of the job are a) the opportunity to write/edit -- my passion and career choice made way back in high school -- and b) the friendships I have made. – less
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Fun workplace with a basketball court
Guard (Former Employee), Sioux FallsNovember 18, 2013
A typical day at work was one practice a day. We develped many basketball skills that was needed to give our tesm the best chance to win. I learned that the best teams are the teams that can excute their game plans. My teammates were great. All of my teammates were from different cities and states. We all were able to discuss and enlighting one another – more... about life fromdifferent states. The hardest part was learning one another habits on the court. The funnest part was getting to no another. – less
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Find something stable
TOC Coordinator (Current Employee), Secaucus, NJOctober 29, 2013
this place offers no work life balance. its either work or be replaced. long hours, no benefits and they don't offer long term employment but rather have you train your replacements
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Fun place to work if you love events and sports
Sr. Manager (Former Employee), Secaucus, NJAugust 28, 2013
Pros: fun, great discounts
Cons: fast paced, in "catch up" mode for the most part
Not your average buttoned up environment. Relaxed atmosphere - able to travel to events, discounts on cool things
hardest part of the job is that the "season" never ends so we're basically behind the 8 ball most of the time
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Fun place to work, but probably not worth the trouble
Senior Coordinator (Former Employee), New York, NYJuly 7, 2013
Pros: challenging and fulfilling work, good perks, travel
Cons: poor work/life balance, limited opportunity for advancement, poor communication between departments
The NBA is a fun and challenging place to work, especially if you are a basketball fan. There is a sense of pride in working there as the NBA has many talented and dedicated people. There are also some good perks as you will travel to many interesting places and get free tickets to games. The office areas are very well designed and filled with basketball – more... memorabilia, making you feel that you are working somewhere unique instead of a run of the mill office.

On the con side, the NBA has poor work-life balance and can use it's "name brand" to make up for a lack of competitive compensation. In addition, there is limited opportunity for advancement and management is not forthcoming about the NBA's financial status. I was laid off during a "restructuring" but given no reason for why it was necessary, despite having excellent performance ratings. Also, after landing another job, I realized I was doing a workload at the NBA that was performed by three people together at my current company. – less
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Good Opportunity
Assistant Security Manager (Former Employee), Secaucus, NJJune 15, 2013
Pros: many
Cons: some
I enjoy my time working at the NBA. It was a great learning experience and a rich and rewarding experience.
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Great people, but don't expect a large paycheck
Specialist (Current Employee), New York, NYMarch 18, 2013
Pros: extra perks like going to games, "cool" factor of working in pro sports
Cons: limited promotions for junior staff, low pay compared to other industries
Working here is great, but considerably better for senior staff at the Director level or above. Everyone here is the best at what they do, passionate about sports, and very competitive. You get paid less than you would in other industries for the same work, and in most cases also have a lower title. The perks of working here are being able to travel, – more... attend games and events, and say you work for one of the coolest leagues in the world. It's a good place to work for a few years, earn some experience and credibility, and then leave for a higher title and huge pay increase elsewhere. They would do well offering better compensation packages to lower level employees who do the brunt of the work. – less
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Great place to work overall but know what you're getting into
Director - Team Marketing & Business Operations (Current Employee), New York, NYFebruary 25, 2013
the NBA is a great place, amazing global brand and you learn a lot but there is a ton of red tape, process and lawyers. Just be ready.
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No room for growth, unprofessional.
Sales Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYOctober 23, 2012
Would not recommend. Unprofessional work environment that does not foster personal or professional growth.
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its ok...
Coordinator (Current Employee), New York, NYSeptember 30, 2012
Pros: great office, location
Cons: compensation, workload, unrealistic timeframes
It's a very interesting place to work. However if you're not a director or senior director there is no such thing as advancement.
Additional work is not rewarded, even after the companies yearly review process. Salary compensation bonuses are at cost of living adjustment rates, not truly based on performance.
You are given a Bb and you're expected to – more... answer emails/questions on weekends. – less
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Great Organization
Art Director / Production (Current Employee), East Rutherford, NJAugust 24, 2012
Comraderie with management and colleagues, great work ethics, very professional, but enjoyable