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DIRECTV Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
614 Reviews
3.3
614 Reviews
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DIRECTV Chairman, President, and CEO Michael D. (Mike) White
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Pros
  • This company also provides great benefits with a good vacation and time off plan (in 44 reviews)

  • Good benefits and a strong commitment to doing things the right way (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is a bit challenging but that goes along with a strong company (in 20 reviews)

  • Starting salary and long hours seem to account for the buik of the high turnover rate for new hires (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pretty good if you get the right manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ddg in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Ddg in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    If you land on the right team with a good manager, you will be happy.

    Cons

    Just when you are feeling good about your team and management, you have to bid for a new shift which can leave you stuck on a less than good team with a mediocre or worse manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager, Software QA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at DIRECTV

    Pros

    Implementing QA Process throughout the SDLC process from POC to production deployment

    Cons

    Hard work as manager to convince all of the business owners during the implementation of the process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice them at all time to keep the momentum going of the new process and its efficiency and benefits to the end user and the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Past it's prime.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer III in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer III in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Free TV.
    - Easy going.
    - Talented engineers.
    - Open and Collaborative office spaces.
    - Medical benefits.
    - Good opportunity learn in the right department.

    Cons

    - Politics at every step.
    - Slow career growth.
    - Engineering company run by HR
    - Yearly layoffs
    - No processes
    - Too much emphasis on outsourcing.
    - Constant re-org.
    - In competent Directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Fix HR.
    - Practice what your preach. Don't promote vertical & horizontal movement if you keep denying it to the engineers year after year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK Company to begin your career then move on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and I learnt a lot. Decent benefits and you get free satellite television service. Had the opportunity to work various business areas which greatly added to my professional experience.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be laid off for after five years regardless of whether your performance is good or not. Management in the IT area do not care much about employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Cafeteria
    Discounts on subscription
    people are nice

    Cons

    company culture is not very exciting at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more interdepartmental activities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get your foot in the door..if they keep you

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dependent on the department you work for, highly intelligent, team oriented, and fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Truly talented professionals rotate in and out of DIRECTV due to an 18 month tenure limit for contract workers. Onsite employees or consultants endure significant loss to productivity while back filling or ramp-up of another worker rotating in from another failed project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the vendor contracts and the job descriptions that require 18 month tenure limits. Most projects average more than 18 months and to be honest, contractors prefer to report wins on resumes, not losses. Abrupt transitions do not foster a successful implementation environment.
    Improve talent management of consultants and treat them with professionalism. Due to "temporary nature" of contractors, they are hired without strategic vision in mind or how to ensure an ROI on the $ spent on labor. Due to a lack of budget management, contractors are let go on a whim with little consideration of the impacts to the projects and workers. We are not cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Eh...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DIRECTV

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, that's about it.

    Cons

    No job security layoffs every year lately with ATT merger.

  9.  

    Great comprehensive benefits package, forget it if you want growth for yourself

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Lab Agent in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Learning Lab Agent in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    You have all the TV viewing you will ever need with no bill. With the combination of all the other benefits such as tuition help, health, etc..., takes care of their employees. Your co-workers are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    You have to know the right people to get advancement. Your team leader will be more interested in furthering their career than helping you with yours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did not care that I had given two week notice. Then after I had left, received in the mail what I should do before my last day. Exit interview, health insurance changes and costs, my complimentary TV service, and etc... Was not even aware of any of this. Team leader did not let me know or even team manager. Spent the last seven years giving excellent customer service and now feel like it was all wasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent

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

    I worked at DIRECTV

    Pros

    Lots of prizes and gifts. Possible bonuses

    Cons

    Bad hours for not great pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salary or bonuses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, decent pay, but TOO much politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    You can get a good pay if you are smart enough to negotiate it properly in the beginning, there are great benefits and perks for employees (not contractors)... It's a fun place to work and a good experience...

    Cons

    In Engineering, It's all about politics and blame games and relations. You go up based on relations you build, not the qualifications. Often very young and inexperienced employees become managers (folks with just a Bsc degree and less than 5 years of experience). These people get assigned to handle big projects, they fail and resort to blame wars...

    2014 update: Most of engineering employees got squeezed into a newly renovated building, each placed in a tiny workspace with no privacy/dignity next to their managers. It feels like a labor camp!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A well-educated and seasoned engineer with many years of experience should not be reporting to a young kid! The young kid (Engineering Managers) don't have the knowledge or experience to handle big projects. It's funny some of these "kids" who are promoted based on friendships lack basic English skills (Vietnamese gang in Software Engineering).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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