DigitalGlobe Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe

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

    Pros

    interesting work, interesting products, some of the people

    Cons

    Executive team, corporate direction, some of the people

  2. Helpful (3)

    Mostly a government DOD bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Architect in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Architect in Longmont, CO

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DG has some interesting technologies, but their highly matrixed management and technology fiefdoms make it nearly impossible to introduce modern technologies or bring them forward into the 21st century.

    Cons

    - Too many dimensions of matrix management. Wasted lots of time repeating status to various dimensions.
    - The IT department is living in the 90's. Favorite quote, "Flash-based storage is not enterprise class".
    - Tasks for the secret operations are used as an excuse not to support the rest of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate wasteful matrix management dimensions.
    Bring in new IT management that understands modern technologies

  3. Helpful (2)

    Same re-run but not making money from syndication, I think they jumped the shark

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Certain Lines of Business are good and lead well, other are not!
    Benefits and work life balance are excellent!
    Co-workers were great.
    Food Trucks for all staff several times a year.
    Gym for working out.

    Cons

    Avoid the Production-Information Line of Business at all costs. Poor lead management in all but one department; project management.
    Big lay-off in Feb after another record setting quarter, REALLY? Morale at all time low, many senior staff let go in favor of lower paid recent college grads.
    The re-org is the same show from 7-8 years ago.
    No accountability (at all levels) many staff would like it but seems to never get traction with management.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach, actually read and listen to employees and what is written in the "surveys" you pay to get done.
    Did they ever read "Good to Great?" DG could be Great but consistently strives for only Good and just getting by.
    Your directors are telling you only what you want to hear, SLT wake up you are out of touch!
    It's telling how many of the reviews are saying the same thing over and over.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits, overall dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

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

    Pros

    interesting technology, PTO, about 60% of the people are fun to work with.

    Cons

    i watched DG go down from day one working there. Management became less personable, coworkers became more stressed, and turnover was rampant towards the end of my tenure because of the stress and lack of new support. While 60% of coworkers are good to work with, there's the other 40% who, under stress, are terribly difficult to work with. Some meetings are pretty verbally combative. It's unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the little people. The tiny people. You know, your employees who make the company money.

    DigitalGlobe Response

    Mar 16, 2015Manager, Talent Acquisition

    DigitalGlobe is a growing company with a very fast-paced work environment. We are committed to creating a culture that inspires team members to make our world a better place. We strive to select ... More

  6. Helpful (4)

    Not flexible for work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

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

    Pros

    Cool company for whom to work - interesting business

    Cons

    Management was not flexible to allow a brief move to part time status while going through a major life event.

    Advice to Management

    Note that not everyone can work full-time for their entire career and some need to take care of personal things to recharge and give 100% to their employer.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Bad experience, left after two weeks.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Longmont, CO

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Kool-Aid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Lots of potential, but the company needs to grow up

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Longmont, CO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Good people get fed up and leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Mostly Senior Management, or Cult of Customer

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    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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