DISH Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
1,764 Reviews
2.8
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DISH Director, President and CEO Joseph Clayton
Joseph Clayton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good for these parts, especially if you stick with it for a few years (in 77 reviews)

  • Good work life balance: people in our office arrive around 10am and leave by 7pm (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Management uses strong arm tactics while telling you about work/life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Upper management don't keep to their word, will Lie thru their teeth in your face (in 107 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have lost all hope

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH full-time

    Pros

    A great manager and usually good coworkers and business partners.

    Cons

    Please see the recent posts, no women are promoted, unless they are friends with upper managerment. This company is going backwards. Someone asked me what our "motto" was, marketing is so bad I could not give him an answer. I know good men and women that should have been promoted years ago, but are just left where they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No opportunities for women managers/leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The IT shop is fast moving and modern -no ancient mainframes or move-at-snail's-pace project cycles like telecom, finance, health, or gov't contractors.

    Cons

    As a long term employee (over 10 years), I am sad to say it is not what used to be for women. in the last 5 years, upper management, the CEO, and Senior VPs, only promote men to Directors or above. Before, they used to put substance over style and schmoozing. The new CEO and the newer VPs prefer MEN who are good at telling them what they want to hear, even though they could not lead a team out of a room with a single door. The double standards for women to advance are ridiculous. The bar is set much higher. "A guy tells it like it is", if a women says the EXACT same thing they think "she's too aggressive". If she defends her team, she is argumentative, or ..."she's not ready" for a women, but for the guys it is "he has potential". The IT department has not hired or promoted a woman to Director level in over 5 years - in fact they lost the ones that were Directors (the last remaining woman Director in IT was hired over 8 years ago, hired under different management). The men who are chauvinists that no self respecting woman would work for (only contractors will) they recommend for leadership programs - but the woman who just got her MBA or the one that has been leading a team for years, gets shut out. The old southern white guy CEO is more impressed with birdbrained men who can schmooze and went to the "right" school, than finding and promoting any woman of substance. If you are a woman and want to move into senior management or a Director level job, you need to go elsewhere. I was enlisted in the Army for years, and I got more respect and had more opportunities for leadership roles and advancement than I do as a professional with a college degree currently at DISH.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a DESPERATE need for all Directors, VP and C-level executives to get educated about giving women equal opportunity, and judging men and women on EQUAL grounds. Get over your boys club, boy's locker room, attitudes. I used to recommend people work at DISH, I now can not do that, especially for women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad for low requirements

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    3 day weekend, other than health insurance, the benefits are good, take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program, especially if you are young.

    Cons

    Pressure, lots of pressure, hope you are good at saving money, the $5000 deductible is steep if you need medical help. Insurance doesn't cover a penny until after you meet your deductible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the insurance to something that we can afford to use, it is a joke currently. If you are worried about cost, I'd pay twice the amount for regular insurance where if I go to the doctor I pay $20 and for the hospital $100, I would provably go to the doctor more often and this would lead to healthier employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    To many chiefs for too few Indians

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installer
    Current Employee - Installer

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will get hours, paycheck, benefits

    Cons

    Don't care about you, just another employee that needs to meet numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are to many of you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Test Engineer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH

    Pros

    Lots of hands on experience, the people are great, great moving forward mentality

    Cons

    Company gossip, nothing else to say for a con

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a great place to work, for people willing to put in actual work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dish is a company that is fast paced and hard charging. It has an EXCELLENT track record of identifying hard working employees and rewards them. I have been with Dish for almost 3 years, and in the time I have been here we have undergone massive cultural shifts. Dish is identifying opportunities for improvement and working diligently to improve the employee experience. Dish is a company that is good for people looking for a career and not afraid to work their tail off, do that and you are rewarded. I have a family and so long as I focus on work, while at work I have plenty of free time to spend with my family because I don't have to worry about taking the job home with me. I receive timely and quality feedback, I am paid a fair wage and I get to be part of an organization that mirrors my values.

    Cons

    The company can be abrasive at times, but ultimately this is something I LOVE about the company. If you can't handle the honest truth about your performance at work then you don't need to work here. You are held accountable for results and if you don't deliver then yes the company takes action against you, this doesn't seem to sit well with a lot of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make improvements and effect change for employees as you have done over the last 2 years. This is a good company that embraces good values such as a strong work ethic. Don't ever lose sight of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a place you can plan on staying

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    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist IV  in  Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist IV in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you can ignore the company, the idiotic local and higher up managers, and get over the low compensation, once you drive away from the shop this is the best job you'll ever have.

    Cons

    For this field, the pay is low. Every competitor pays more in dollars and benefits. Insurance is terrible, $2500 deductible (individual) then 80% co insurance for $180 per check. If his/her title includes the word manager or human you know that most of what leaves his/her mouth is a lie. FSMs (lowest level managers) make less than techs, so there is no incentive to apply for promotion. My record is getting back to the shop at 2am, usually around 8-9 pm, so if you are working that day, don't have any responsibilities at home (picking up kids, making dinner, PTA, etc) because you won't meet them. If you speak up about anything, they fire you. If you recommend changes, they fire you. If they don't like you, they fire you. If the manager makes mistakes, or is otherwise too stupid to do his job, they keep him, let his mistakes ruin your numbers, and fire you. If you train, your numbers will be ruined, and you won't get bonuses any more, you will be put on coaching plans, and you don't get paid any more to train. If they give you Verizon phones, you have no service where you are, but ATT does. If they give you ATT phones, it's Verizon that works, not ATT. They really don't care. At all. I'm done. Giving everything I have, working as much as I can, doing everything I can to make this any better. I love the work, I hate the job. If there was a way to never see or hear anyone at DISH, get paid $5 more (so I can afford a better insurance), and get stock sent to me, I'd stay forever.

    This place needs a union, bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better insurance, better pay, UNIONIZE, train managers, kill RPT (stop penalizing techs for bad managers), incentivize DishCoach, realize that people who are good at this want to stay, but you are doing everything you can to make them leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fast Paced and have to learn on the fly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH for more than a year

    Pros

    A Company that you can make a name for yourself. It is always changing and never gets boring.

    Cons

    It is always changing and sometimes sends mixed messages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think time should be spent to train the managers to be more effective. Leadership and mentoring of mangers would make this a much stronger company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall good experience

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

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Great place to start your career
    -Career growth
    -Dish receiver beta test: If you enroll in the beta test program so will enjoy free TV with the latest receiver on the market
    -Challenging job and never boring

    Cons

    -Travel policy: Dish doesn't provide you with a credit card for travel expenses, you need to pay for the whole trip (except air fare) and then you will get reimbursed. Also, if more than 4 people travel to the same place you will need to share a room, sometimes you will need to share it with people who you have never meet, this is very uncomfortable. If you wish to stay on your own room then you will need to pay 50% of the total cost (this is not reimbursable).

    -Annual performance review: It’s pretty much a competition with your peers and based on the size of your team only 1-2 people will receive a merit pay increase (3% max). So you could have done a great job and met expectations but it doesn't mean you will get a merit increase, I have had many reviews where my manager has told me that I did a great job but my pay increase was 0%. When you do get a merit increase most likely you will not have another one for the next 2 years simple because it’s someone else's turn, at least there’s a rotation so that everybody gets one.

    -Salary: There’s always a discrepancy between HQ and other sites, in HQ the salary is always high compared to other cities, you could expect it if the cost of living in HQ is higher but unfortunately it is not the case. Also, in many cases in the same location a level 2, senior level and manager could have the same salary, this had lead to employee turnover, Dish experiences this lot, a lot. I've seen many great employees leave the company because they get another that pays 25% more (in the same city) doing the same job.

    -Job promotion: It's very typical that when you get promoted that you don't get a salary increase, rather you do the job for one year and then you get a salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR is looking at these reviews almost at a daily basis and sometimes based on the context of your comments it’s very easy to find out who wrote them and some retaliation could exist. This idea is always present on the employees specially when filling out surveys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I have really enjoyed the large impact of the decisions I make and I work with some great people.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at DISH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to be one of the main decision makers on initiatives that have multi-million dollar impacts. The hours are very standard and are usually flexible.

    Cons

    The compensation is not the best. I could go somewhere else and immediately be making more. I also do not feel that the management realizes the value of their employees sometime, but this is starting to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more realistic view on compensation for top employees if you expect to retain them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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