DigitalGlobe Reviews

Updated July 2, 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. Helpful (1)

    No regrets

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DG does amazing work, cool technology, smart people

    Cons

    No work-life balance, constant reorganization and change, no time to establish strong teams or processes to be efficient or effective

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your good people. Be realistic about what can be accomplished!


  2. Helpful (13)

    Disgrace to the industry! Avoid at all costs

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good benefits (4 wks PTO, numerous federal holidays, investment options, stock, paternity and maternity leave)
    Nice perks
    Interesting technology
    Good use of skills
    Teams look out for their own
    Folks at lower levels usually have good intentions but exceptions are glaring and go untreated

    Cons

    Too many factions vying for too little new work (highly political w/in locations, between areas of business focus, and between locations)
    Top heavy organization that favors those in HQ over remote locations to extremes (good stuff grabbed at HQ before any announcements go out, remote folk fight over scraps)
    Engineers on feature teams have long been disconnected from customers
    Too many mgmt layer proxies for customer results in "left hand doesn't know what right is doing" snits
    Conflicting direction and blame wars due to missed requirements and conversations, different heads with different needs trying to push their views
    Comm customers given lower priority in favor of chasing shiny gov't bauble. Most new features for govies only.
    Culture of "minimum to make money" rather than pursuing things to logical conclusion (fully-fleshed out features), so often shoving stuff to backlog to be forgotten or worked by people with no experience in that area far down road.
    Promise to deliver things, then get entangled with dependencies within and without so stuff not delivered or delivering not what customer wanted
    Information largely silo-ed and tends to stay that way for job security
    Incremental improvements in process and knowledge sharing has taken years longer than should, still incomplete
    Cult of Customer, yet "duty to shareholders" more important when under pressure
    Stocks fall- blame marketing and sales even though market for high end product is saturated
    Stocks rise- take all the credit, given token award, continue to ignore "little people" who made it possible (give execs pay bump, tiny raises for everyone else)
    Purpose, Vision, Values very nice, but not really implemented outside L2 level beyond giving token amts to a few charities
    Environment not collegial at all, graveyard silence over hordes of empty cubes due massive layoffs after merger
    Stated policy (no joke)- only VPs and up get offices, all else get a cube or bullpen seat
    Mixed signals: Scads of cash in contracts but still "belt tightening", hiring frozen but contract-to-hires brought in at same time, selling floor space but building new HQ at snail's pace.
    Company sets your yearly goals for you as they have to align to business goals, so individualized achievement and development largely go ignored
    Heavy reliance on a handful of foreign contractors for core code (inverted pyramid)
    "There must be an open source solution for what we need" rather than building own tools, with no governance of toolset (many science projects and personal tools floating around with little documentation)
    Hiring from without for internal vacancies higher up food chain (no consideration of internal promotion)

    Pervasive fear of speaking up/honest as it is political and career suicide (think Soviet Russia)

    I wrote this about 4 months ago, though their latest actions speak volumes. Morning before the earnings call, an email from the CEO goes out saying "tough decisions" are needed and to maintain 50% margins cost cutting, blah blah blah, reading between the lines its a massive layoff. DG laid off 100 employees and 55 contractors (20% of the staff) between the three locations in Colorado, California, and Virginia. California and Virginia were hit hardest. Staff were paraded into 10 min meetings with HR throughout the day before the call to be layoff before the earnings call. Each got severance, a pink slip, and one hour to clear off the premises. Some were even pulled off during a call with NGA, our primary government customer, to be laid off. All the prattle about respect and values is a load of hooey. A shock to everyone, particularly the callousness. No senior mgmt were present, instead a hatchet man was hired special for the job, someone no one had met. The lucky ones have two weeks or until the end of the month, the rest were shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    You reap what you sow. I will celebrate when your company implodes.


  3. Helpful (9)

    Dysfunctional Chaos

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Non-management employees, and those that are not brainwashed into "Seeing a better world" mission are a pleasure to work with. Tuesday bagels and doughnuts are a plus.

    Cons

    I did not choose to work for DigitalGlobe, but rather was absorbed as part of their "combination" with the former GeoEye. While I'm flattered that they chose to keep me, I am disheartened by the level of chaos and overall dysfunctional ways of management. The company has an overly layered management structure and redundant departments that essentially "fight" to take away work from other departments. Management decisions pertaining to technology are short-sighted with unrealistic deadlines, which essentially gives employees anxiety only to later find out that 1) the deadline has been postponed or 2) another department has taken-over the work. This vicious cycle repeats-and-repeats until employees leave or get fired. This is not a sustainable way of operating, and will ultimately get worse before it gets better. Sure, the stock price keeps going-up, but sooner or later the company will have to deliver on their promises which requires happy employees that are very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO once said in an all-hands meeting that "each question is a gift." Is it truly a gift if the employee that asks the question is walked-out the door a few days later? What about when employees are told that their jobs are "safe", but a week later a group of HR business partners fly-in to a remote office and hand-out pink slips? Is this what "integrity" and "respect" is all about?


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Too top heavy, upper management does not value employees

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that are at the "bottom" are great to work with. The jobs are fun and interesting and new skills are always available since they change so much.

    Cons

    This company doesn't value the employee. If you speak up you will get fired and opinions are not appreciated. There are more directors and executives than I've ever seen in a company before. They promote "yes men" and have them do all the dirty work.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and appreciate what you have before all your employees quit.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Terrible treatment of contract employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at DigitalGlobe as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks nice on a resume. The company is successful on paper and provides good service and product to its clients.

    Cons

    -Terrible schedule requirements with understaffed departments. As a contractor I was required to work nights, weekends and holidays with no health, pto or time and a half/differential benefits. Other members of my team who were on permanent status got much better benefits for doing the exact same work. I was denied permanent status repeatedly.
    -Other team members were laid off, fired or quit and not replaced. Therefore the remaining members were required to fill in the gaps and change schedules constantly with no relief.
    -Management was not only unsympathetic but hostile towards the remaining team members when scheduling problems arose.
    - I've never worked with such unhappy people. People on my team were constantly on the verge of meltdowns some of which occurred in an unprofessional manner during working hours.
    -More gossip than a junior high locker room and people constantly throwing each other under the bus.
    - Managers had no idea what was happening day to day and only checked in to reprimand individuals via email or attempt to solve scheduling crises.
    - No opportunity for advancement or new challenges/projects
    -No continuity between departments

    Advice to Management

    -Realize that your employees are humans and not robots.
    - Develop continuity between departments when it comes to employee scheduling, benefits and career development.
    -24/7 teams should have adequate staffing.
    -Hold managers at least vaguely accountable for high turnover and employee dissatisfaction.
    -Do away with contractors and provide real jobs. If you feel that someone is a good addition to the company then hold true to that by giving them an employee status immediately. No one wants the burden of responsibility without equal benefits.


  7. Helpful (3)

    what promise, only if it was all true

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -salary
    -benefits
    -coworkers
    -bagels
    -imagery is cool to look at

    Cons

    -Internal development is a mess. There is no sense of beginning and end to project lifespan. Management is no position to be proactive and the overall development process is at best adequate for handling of defects only. New development is a patched together and any architect that has come into the company has left. The management team is disconnected from the program management and the chaos and reliability of systems shows. Overall the internal issues with the systems are ignored and everything that is addressed is done so with a band-aid.
    -resources and talent is underused and unfortunately the story you are told on the way in is nothing like the reality of the situation. This is a classic bait and switch opportunity and it truly isn't fair to anyone entering the company.
    -real career stopper. No real chance to be promoted or opportunity to learn new technology. The few that do get the opportunity have done so through undesirable means. Overall a career stopper. Contractors are treated better than full time employees.
    -bonus program is not as promised. Forget about what you are told by HR, look to get any promise in writing.Otherwise come bonus time you will be very disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    -Quit the firefighting, understand that firefighting is a result of terrible management and processes.
    -Growing the company is only making things worse. The company is not scalable as is and any more growth at this time will break the only employees that matter.
    -Extremely disgruntled work force across the board. No survey is going to help this workforce, in-action in the past does nothing to build confidence that the leaders know what they are doing. Overall the leadership is viewed as disconnected and not concerned or able to solve the problems.
    -quit the bait and switch hire people to do a job and don't change it on them, if you hire them for a development position don't tell them they have to provide on-call support.
    -Hire true architects to solve problems don't just convert spaghetti programmers into architects. That doesn't solve the issues.
    -Lastly hold managers accountable for their failures. Look at your planning and implementation record. Things may in the end work but throwing all hands on deck to get something done is a terrible approach and also it just breeds additional issues.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional atmosphere - lack of planning, organization and structure.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Verification Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Contractor - Verification Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Contractor pay was good.
    Bagel day was good.

    Cons

    - Disorganized.
    - Lack of planning.
    - No structure.
    - Non-existent schedules.
    - Not friendly to contractors.
    - Sweat shop.
    - Disgruntled employees.
    - High turnover.
    - System non-functional most of the time due to only one environment shared by development, test and production.
    - Employees so worried about looking good to management, they are careful whom they associate with.
    - Very competitive atmosphere.
    - A lot of time is wasted here.

    Advice to Management

    Implement structure, organization and planning. Stick to schedules. Ensure there is an operational system by adding multiple environments (development, test, production).


  9. Helpful (3)

    No career growth at Digitalglobe, no raises, poor management, inexperienced employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Longmont, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is nice at DG, great benefits, and the office building has perks like a little gym, yoga room, Gibs bagels, and free fountain drink. In most departments the job is flexible with the option to work from home and set your own hours.

    Cons

    If you are looking into getting a job here, please read all of these reviews because everyone I have read is 100% true.

    No Career Growth: I have held the same position for almost 5 years, I constantly am asking for a promotion or ways to receive one. The answer remains "we are working with HR to get more career growth within our department" - this has been the same answer for years!

    Regardless of how great you are, your review will always be average. My review score was the same as my coworkers who is constantly late for work, sick, or making mistakes. If you are a hard worker and like being appreciated for what you do, stay away from this place.

    If you are any smart, more than likely your boss will find you to be a threat (because most of the managers are uneducated) and will find something wrong with you. Managers are notorious for taking credit for their employees work.

    Unprofessional Environment: I have heard of so many people filing sexual harassment cases to HR. The work environment is too casual, people cross the lines constantly. There is a lot of crying, gossip, and yelling in this work place.

    Unfair Treatment: Some workers are allowed to work from home, while another person with the same job title is not. In addition, the salary is way off. My coworker has no experience or degree and makes about $35k more a year then I do! I have 11 years experience in this field and a relevant degree.

    No Raises or Bonuses: Because everyone is lumped into average rating, forget a raise. Bonuses tend to be $1k-$5k a piece. With major cutbacks with a new CEO I doubt anyone will get a raise over the next few years.

    Unless you have a strong passion for this industry and all you want to do for the rest of your life is play with satellites then go for it. If you just want a job in management, HR, etc., I would not get a job here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when you ask for feedback.

    More attention needs to be given to the Operations staff, there is a lot to fix there.

    Send Management to management courses.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Boring work, disorganized leadership, total lack of accountability across the company.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High salaries, cool business, smart people.

    Cons

    There is very little respect for anyone (email is ignored, frequent no-shows to meetings), flexible hours are not really that flexible, the work is boring, continually shifting priorities means projects are never completed, dependency on old processes with little support for change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on employee engagement - it's taking way too long to see progress (ie a YEAR). Clearly communicate business priorities and see them through before switching gears. Communicate better - quality not quantity.



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