DigitalGlobe Reviews

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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
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Review Highlights

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

  • I like the people I actually work with, they are nice, courteous and overall good people (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Launching satellites creates a specific culture of thoroughness and rigor rather than around 'failing fast' and iterations (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Chaos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too top heavy, upper management does not value employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible treatment of contract employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigitalGlobe as a contractor for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Crazy Internal Problems & Finger-Pointing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Adoption Assistance, Fair compensation

    Cons

    US Security Clearance required (pain)
    Management Problems
    Big Communication Problems
    Blame & Finger-Pointing

    They actually tell you in "onboarding" that you should delete your Facebook account and that you are EXPECTED to place the company's needs and interests ahead of your own (to include family)!

    Rude management with unreasonable expectations of employees, 12+hr shifts, under-staffed and overloaded, HR problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    what promise, only if it was all true

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional atmosphere - lack of planning, organization and structure.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer  in  Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe as a contractor for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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