DigitalGlobe Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
66 Reviews

3.2
66 Reviews
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
31 Ratings

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.  

    Lots of places to improve shackled by legacy software and poor implementation of agile.

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

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

    Pros

    Some excellent developers and QA staff. Some good agile teams. Moving forward with some improvements.

    Cons

    At the developer level very open to improvements, however most product owners very risk adverse. Some product owners see themselves as managers. Passive upper software management. Incoherent and ineffective architectural decision making process. Not enough code ownership, code never gets cleaned up and gets mutated poorly by having too many hands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Agile Manifesto and Principles again. Allow developers to use appropriate tools, don't distribute all code across all teams. Stop teams competing with each other for easy work and foisting risky work onto unsuspecting teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience, left after two weeks.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice culture, decent pay, good benefits, casual dress, easy to get to HQ location. Will be moving to a more central location sometime around the end of 2015.

    Cons

    On day one was given different manager and job duties than what I was offered or accepted. No one even explained this to me, it just happened. When I asked about it I was told change is inevitable and constant. I never would have chosen to work for the manager I was assigned, for many reasons. When I expressed concern that my skills would go unused, they did suggest perhaps there were some solutions in the future. However, my manager was so abusive to the team, even in the two weeks I was there, I knew I couldn't wait it out. Disorganized, inconsistent corporate policy. Large job turnover, disguised in the growth. No time to ramp up or train in new job, I can self-start, but this was extreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well, no matter what their level. Value employees enough not to bait and switch them, or just tell them change happens. Be honest. Also, don't advertise vacation when you really offer PTO. The two are very different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of potential, but the company needs to grow up

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small company allows people to get to know each other, and employees at the lower levels really have each other's back. Some of the teams have employees who've been with the company almost from the beginning and are great resources about the industry, etc.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has had so much turnover. Seems like HR leaders don't last more than a couple of years which doesn't seem like a good indication of the long-term future for the culture of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the entrenched, long-time execs...maybe you're part of the problem?

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

    Kool-Aid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

    Pros

    Talented folks, Great technology, flexible work environment

    Cons

    I think the last 3 reviews are inside PVV cronies that have been told to write good reviews to boost that place up on this website. Since I've left and gone to work at another company I've had numerous DG folks hitting me up to see if there were opportunities. People want out of there! I left a while ago but seems like the atmosphere hasn't changed much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't really have advice to them since things won't ever change as long as they keep getting robotic career executives that tout a company line script. Any advice to give would be invest in your people (the workers) not the shareholders. If you build a strong engaged workforce then success will flow down to the shareholder. BTW- the stock is tanking as I write this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good people get fed up and leave

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cool company, high tech, smart people, good benefits.

    Cons

    People are a number. They talk about doing the "best work of your career" but limit opportunities to friends of management. Takes sr. management long time to make decisions. No accountability. They'll work you to the bone if you let them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on your own advancement and take an interests in supporting and developing your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly Senior Management, or Cult of Customer

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

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

    Pros

    Steady work, can be fast paced.

    Cons

    Senior Management does not rely on employee experience to accomplish tasks. Instead benchmarks and deadlines are set with the aim of maximizing quarterly revenue.
    Employee ideas are often ignored in favor of ideas from management or other departments without operational experience.
    A company value reads "Putting mission and team before self"; often results in denied vacation or short notice weekend responsibilities.
    Performance reviews effectively marginalize good performance, they also take 5 months complete.
    Re-titling during the merger was hurried, many people have been summarily demoted by threat of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove half of the Senior Management team, Stop worrying about investor dividends, invest and listen to your highly trained and experienced workforce. At the very least, communicate with employees, instead of promoting the Cult Of Customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Unpleasant work environment

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

    Pros

    Compensation is decent. There are some really great people who work for the company.

    Cons

    Unprofessional leadership. Poor decision making. Lack of knowledge by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Don't hire people to lead who have no idea how to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Losing culture to growing as a corporation

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules (depending on department). Very cool domain. Smart people who have been there a long time. Short commutes to the current location.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for advancement or promotion, they are still tied to annual reviews despite lip service that says otherwise. Management very slow to hire for support roles or to backfill engineering loses. There's a big gap between people who have been there forever and roles with a high turnover; no middle ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring senior vice presidents and hire some engineers and support people to keep the factory running. Actually focus on agile development and continuous deployment - quarterly monolithic software upgrades does not make your factory agile. Moving the headquarters for the sake of executives will only increase dissatisfaction from frustrated engineers that value their in-Longmont commute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing too fast - scarily unstable

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome people. Picnics, bagels, social activities. Amazing work - satellite imagery is cool.

    Cons

    Disconnect between senior leadership and workforce.
    No insight into the real problems of the workers.
    Disgruntled workforce - even more so after the merger.
    Lots of business management not enough experienced technical management. Running good technical managers out by expecting too much in too short a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers - your TECHNICAL workers - when they tell you that things aren't working well. With a technical environment this large, you should have a fully functional test AND development environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Poor leadership who abuse hard working staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    Cool, cutting edge tech that is always interesting and challenging. You certainly won't get bored here. If you are simply interested in "playing" with technology and research, this is the place for you. It's a geek's paradise. If you have aspirations about growing as a business professional, however, go elsewhere.

    Pay is not bad upon entry, but don't expect a raise. Aim for the highest salary possible, because now matter how well your annual reviews go, or how hard you work, you will almost certainly be rated "average". The fix is in by the company leaders so that they don't ever have to treat you special again, after you've been recruited and signed your employment contract. The only ones who get raises/promotions are the brown-nosers and/or former co-workers/cronies of the leadership team.

    Cons

    Leadership is arrogant, dictatorial, and completely disconnected from the "working class". I have never encountered a leadership team that is made up of more cronies, classmates and former co-workers (and, I'm not kidding... NEIGHBORS). There is a complete lack of vision for the long term strategy of the company, instead they focus on how to gouge customers to pay more for less, because it is easier than developing new and innovative products.

    People are treated like very intelligent cattle. Shuffled around on whim without any regard for what the employee may want. Career paths are entirely non-existent. Employee recognition is a joke.

    The present CEO has an "open door policy", but fails to mention the pit-bull guarding the door or the fact that he's never on the other side of it. Blissfully ignorant of what is going on in his own company, he has surrounded himself with people who will never tell him the truth and which he refuses to see himself.

    There is One Vice President for every 35 employees and one Director for every 28 employees in the company, if that tells you anything about how top heavy the organization is. And humble alms must be paid to each and every one on a regular basis in order for you to be successful on any project.

    Every decision in the company is made by consensus, because no one wants to be held accountable for anything. You will interview with everyone from the VP to the janitor to get into the company, and each and every one had better like you, regardless of whether or not you a qualified.

    Ethnic minorities, LGBT, or physically challenged people need not apply. Even if they let you in to meet EEOC quotas, you won't go anywhere. You'll just be a novelty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends, neighbors and former staff and get some real talent in the company who aren't afraid to tell the emperor that he has no clothes.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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