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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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2.9 64 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr

(31 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Company with great potential but they're not there yet

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProgressive company in terms of a good benefits package, competitive salary, flex time, and even free bagels and cream cheese one morning a week. They were also nice people.

    ConsDG was in the process of integrating two newly acquired companies during the time I worked there. This caused some understandable delays in getting on line time sheets function, and some lag in the ability to sign up for benefits.
    The company's core competence in imagery does not easily extend to other areas of analysis. They are trying to grow despite this. One way to compensate was to do whatever the customer wanted uncritically. One had the feel of being "hired help" rather than being a respected consultant.
    Because the leadership is intelligent and committed the company will likely get past these growing pains.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's refreshing and unusual to find a company that believes that the "customer is always right". Many companies have become so large through mergers that they dominate the marketplace and take their customers for granted. The downside is that they fail to engage their customers when they make bad policy judgements. The company will probably develop more confidence as it integrates the new acquisitions and the firm matures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A sleeping giant...

    (Former Employee)

    Pros- High integrity, smart/good people in senior management focused on the bigger picture.
    - Good work/life balance.
    - Industry leader with a lot of potential to position themselves well for the changes/demand ahead.

    Cons- While the newer members of the senior management team are intelligent and have high integrity, there are a lot of middle managers (especially people there longer than 5 years) who fear change and are highly risk averse, which is a major impediment to the needed meaningful change.

    - Very good people work at DigitalGlobe, but often they're insulated from the "real world" and too soft from government (or quasi government) business handed to them in what is a quickly vanishing monopoly.

    - Lack of focus. The government business is critical of course, but it can be frustrating to be constantly relegated in the commercial segment (the only area of true growth potential).

    - Marketing and product are very weak and have a long way to go. The capabilities are there, but that alone doesn't compensate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe bold. Take some risks. Let the commercial business stand on it's own to the extent that it can so it doesn't languish as is has. Build a real marketing strategy with real product development, not big happy thoughts that don't get executed. Hire subject matter experts in the verticals you wish to pursue in the information services space. Don't wait for the new entrants to each your lunch.

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

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    Interesting job scope

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to interact with customers from all over the world

    ConsCompany is always pressured to meet quarter financial goals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineering review

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay, good work life balance, good control with agile over what deliverables you are committed to delivering

    ConsIf you are outside the headquarters, it is difficult to get interesting work. Too much production support is also expected of its developers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that your developers aren't content to do support and deployment work with little interesting development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Confusing

    Operations (Former Employee) Longmont, CO

    ProsGood people to work with. Diverse workgroup. Nice benefit package.

    ConsManagement, dis-jointed and not always helpful. More concerned with how they will look vice giving employees all tools and especially information to perform their tasks in an efficient manner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees. Have a better grasp of employee attributes. There is not always perfect template for positional requirements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There's only one way for DG to move forward either sink like the Titanic or soar to the skies like a phoenix.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company (as GeoEye) pride itself for being business process oriented as well as technological advanced. The one thing that management did well was identifying skills in employees that could be utilised in other areas and challenging them. Opportunities for projects and interactions with different parts of the organization was abundant. Work/life balance was highly promoted by all levels of management. After hours interaction between employees was constant. Benefits were great and bonuses were the best I have encountered in a private company. DG benefits were as equally great. The combination news although scary seemed to come with great promise and the opportunity for GEOY transition employees to work in various projects was there but did not happened.

    ConsThe lay-off of employees from the GEOY side was astounding to the brink of removing any trace of its existence. The employees that have all the knowledge were let go during the first round and second round of lay-off's, absolutely mind-boggling. The lack of utilization of the remainder talent identified as important to the merger was non-existent. I truly believe that DG has never dealt with a merger of this scale and the consulting company that is currently being used to manage the combination has ill-advise C Level Management and Senior Management. I also noticed a lot of stress, anger and anxiety from employees at HQ. It was a huge disappointment to see that the hard work of employees from DG and GEOY has gone and could continuously go down the toilet because of bad management decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMergers are an opportunity to truly identify talent within companies as well as capabilities, technology and processes. The potential of being a leader in spatial imagery is only great if the company can potentiate the technology and employees knowledge properly no matter if there's no current competition in the US market. Ask the employees what improvements need to be made, trust their knowledge, take care of them morally and truly treat them with the respect as the company professes in its core values.

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    Interesting Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Longmont, CO

    ProsUnique company with very cool technology, Senior Leadership Team, co-workers, clearly communicated strategy. Some opportunity for advancement.

    ConsSilos throughout the company, largely administrative with slow movement on implementation, consolidation (mergers) and improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate, communicate, communicate!
    Stop playing favorites/politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    DG lost its soul, but set to monopolize

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Longmont, CO

    ProsSatellite imagery is cool, use cases exploding
    Only US based provider
    Very profitable

    ConsSacrificed culture to become a 'real' company, little appreciation or recognition of severely constrained resources that keep the company running, some departments doing their own thing at the expense of achieving the company mission

    Advice to Senior ManagementShore up the weak spots at the Director level that are sabotaging progress

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

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    Management out of touch

    Mission Planner (Current Employee) Longmont, CO

    Prosfast paced, growing industry, high tech

    Conspoor management decisions, lots of talk about values but its all lip service

    Advice to Senior Managementtake care of your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Longmont, CO

    ProsExciting technology, good people, fast paced.

    ConsDisorganized, upper management out of touch, lack of processes and procedures to move the company forward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees, it seems as if speaking up is a quick way to get walked out the door. There is a lot of talk about culture and values, but not much action.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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