DigitalGlobe
2.7 of 5 51 reviews
www.digitalglobe.com Longmont, CO 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 22, 2014

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57% Approve of the CEO

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

Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good people get fed up and leave

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsPeople 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 Senior ManagementStop focusing on your own advancement and take an interests in supporting and developing your people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mostly Senior Management, or Cult of Customer

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Longmont, CO

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

ProsSteady work, can be fast paced.

ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementRemove 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unpleasant work environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DigitalGlobe

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Losing culture to growing as a corporation

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO

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

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

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Growing too fast - scarily unstable

Manager (Former Employee)
Longmont, CO

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

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

ConsDisconnect 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Extremely Poor leadership who abuse hard working staff

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Longmont, CO

I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCool, 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.

ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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People and satellites are superior; the rest is a disappointment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO

I have been working at DigitalGlobe

ProsMy DigitalGlobe colleagues are all very hard working, knowledgeable, and helpful. The facilities, equipment, and benefits are decent. I believe the products we put out are high quality.

ConsCommunication is lacking, processes are cumbersome, and it takes forever to get anything done. I know the satellites are innovative, but not much else is.

Advice to Senior Management1. Invest in your employees: develop career paths for all employees, implement an employee review process that's meaningful (and fair), grow your workers into managers, but provide training so that new managers know how to manage before you promote them.
2. Streamline processes and reduce bureaucracy.
3. Improve communications.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Burnout City

Human Resources (Former Employee)
Longmont, CO

I worked at DigitalGlobe

ProsCool technology, exciting business. Secure government contracts mean the business isn't going to shut down. Good benefits package and employee break room.

ConsSenior management is terrible and they think people are widgets. As long as you keep your head down and don't challenge the status quo, you'll be ok. The HR team is completely turned over every two years, if they can't retain HR people then something is seriously wrong.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is in it only to cash out and most employees know it. They make promises they don't keep and credibility is low.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nice one, looking from the outside...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Walnut Creek, CA

I worked at DigitalGlobe

ProsGood market position and perspectives for future.

ConsLack of direction and technical competence at various levels

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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