DigitalGlobe Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
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Pros
  • Working with smart and truly good people (in 7 reviews)

  • Work/life balance was highly promoted by all levels of management (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management does not rely on employee experience to accomplish tasks (in 4 reviews)

  • poor management decisions, lots of talk about values but its all lip service (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great Benefits and Interesting Company

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    Current Employee - Image Support Specialist in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Image Support Specialist in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and time off Great Location Since the product is something that most people are interested in it makes it enjoyable to work here and discuss the new developments. There are a lot of interesting jobs and most people are more than willing to share what they work if you ask.

    Cons

    Since this is a relatively new field it seems like they are still figuring out how to best sell the product, which makes the work kind of scattered and unorganized. Sometimes its hard to keep track of all the updates and this slows down progress.

    Advice to Management

    Continue building foundations. There is a lot of potential, but it won't go anywhere without a set product and a set method of selling it.


  2. Unique and Interesting Work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, really top notch colleagues, plenty opportunities for learning and growth. Overall I really look forward to going into work each day and would highly recommend it to friends/family.

    Cons

    Some departments work in silos, but I think this is something the company is working to improve. Culture can be a bit blah with a corporate feeling, but is also something I think they're trying to change.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in bottom-up team building.


  3. Okay

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Production Coordinator in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance, pay is average, interesting industry, new building that is nice if you work there, good PR

    Cons

    Communication, way to many VPs, lack of base development, hard to move up in company, cut the benefits and pay of non-managers ONLY.

    Advice to Management

    I don't understand why we keep hiring more and more VPs but the struggles continue in the lower levels of the work force.


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  5. Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DigitalGlobe in Tampa is different from other locations of the company. Tampa is mostly government services (DoD). If you want a geospatial career, this is a good place to start. DigitalGlobe will get you experience right away and it awards initiative and creativity.

    Cons

    It's smaller than many of the companies they compete against, so they don't have some of the resources.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to get rid of the under-performers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fragmented, Siloed, lack of consistent vision

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people at the implementation levels. Satellites are very fun to work on. Nice offices.

    Cons

    If you have multiple top priorities, then you have NO top priorities. This is not understood and leads to burnout, confusion, and lots of resource waste. The vision (PVV) is flakey and doesn't translate through the many layers of middle-management down to the people doing the work. Feedback from people in the know is ignored until it's too late. The organization is bumbling and slow to learn and react.

    Advice to Management

    Form a vision from the bottom up, listen to your employees and respect their depth of knowledge. Moving to Westminster to "recruit more executive talent" was a bad idea, the culture is now very split. Please learn from this mistake.


  7. DG Status

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility within department is great.

    Cons

    tone at the top could use some work

    Advice to Management

    enhance communication from ELT


  8. Helpful (6)

    Where is it going?

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits, good equipment, decent location, understanding of family commitments, decent stock and retirement benefits, interesting proprietary software and technology

    Cons

    As stated previously, cronyism, many "legacy" employees with little motivation sucking up salaries for others. Some people get paid TWICE that of others in the same role with equal or better experience. Upper management is clueless that the analysts are overworked but carrying the bulk of the workload, sometimes working 14 days straight. Instead of altering contracts or expanding teams, somehow employees are expected to fulfill the timeframe requirements with larger and larger projects and the same team size. A total failure in project management which continues to get worse. Meanwhile DG continues to expand but still doesn't reward those same "team members" compensatorally. Finally, there are multiple HR violations on a daily basis, including from management. It's a matter of time till a discrimination lawsuit is filed by someone.

    Advice to Management

    Like many large corporations focused so heavily on growth, the little man has long since been forgotten. There is a ton of talent and good ideas at the the analyst level, but those without a military background or other prestige are often jaded and no longer making an attempt to share their insight.

    DigitalGlobe Response

    Jul 10, 2015 – Human Resources Administrator

    Feedback is important and all current team members are encouraged to act within a “Culture of Leadership” and reach out directly to HR Business Partners or Senior Leaders to discuss and provide ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    Interesting but Chaotic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    - The Satellite Imagery medium inherently creates interesting problems to solve and a wide range of global customers - Veteran employees are great to work with and have an extensive knowledge base in their areas of expertise

    Cons

    - Unfocused priorities and program structures. A lot of projects are started, fall behind, and are either abandoned or barely dragged across the finish line. Little follow up effort is given to improving things for internal or external customers. - Understaffed development teams are always overworked and pulled into 20 different directions to help design the next new project.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the Work in Project from a portfolio level. Staff the technical teams to the appropriate level to support the projects underway. Commit to investing in a sustainable DevOps team.


  10. Accounts Payable

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, busy, can leave it at the office.

    Cons

    can be too busy or too slow, not always consistent.


  11. DG review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company with very compelling technology.

    Cons

    Lacking a clear product vision and strategy.



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