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DIRECTV Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
630 Reviews
3.3
630 Reviews
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DIRECTV Chairman, President, and CEO Michael D. (Mike) White
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company also provides great benefits with a good vacation and time off plan (in 44 reviews)

  • Good benefits and a strong commitment to doing things the right way (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is a bit challenging but that goes along with a strong company (in 20 reviews)

  • Starting salary and long hours seem to account for the buik of the high turnover rate for new hires (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent place for a summer internship. The internship program was very well-designed. The project was interesting and challenging, the coworkers friendly and helpful, and employees and management made time to meet and talk. Within engineering, internal mobility is encouraged, but the infrastructure to make it happen isn't quite there yet.

    Cons

    There's a trend towards outsourcing software development and turning engineers into project managers, which may work for some but not most. Communication between developers and project manager can be difficult in this setting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase opportunities for personal growth/training in new technologies/funding to attend tech conferences. Reverse outsourcing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntington, WV

    I have been working at DIRECTV part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. I worked here during college and DIRECTV was very flexible with scheduling and also provided tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Cons include that the scheduling got messed up pretty frequently, but they were always fairly quick to get it fixed. Another con is mandatory overtime at the beginning of football season.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great product, room for growth

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

    I have been working at DIRECTV full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people oriented, supports community service

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get straight answers from HR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced company looking for a future with a Merger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at DIRECTV full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company will listen to data and execute on it quickly it. Your ideas are taken seriously and you will have opportunity to show off your strengths. The pay is above market value, and the new HQ location is really nice.

    Cons

    Lots of politics like any other big company, very fast past work schedule with lots of fire drills--can be very draining for someone with a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in younger employees, have a straight out of college training program, and try to cut down on politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting

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

    I worked at DIRECTV

    Pros

    Opportunity to be condescending, rude and aggressive toward other employees and get away with it.

    Cons

    They expect you to work more than what your paid. Over load everyone with work to the point of extreme frustration and results in over multi tasking, which leads to poor performance and constant mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Past it's prime.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer III in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer III in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Free TV.
    - Easy going.
    - Talented engineers.
    - Open and Collaborative office spaces.
    - Medical benefits.
    - Good opportunity learn in the right department.

    Cons

    - Politics at every step.
    - Slow career growth.
    - Engineering company run by HR
    - Yearly layoffs
    - No processes
    - Too much emphasis on outsourcing.
    - Constant re-org.
    - In competent Directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Fix HR.
    - Practice what your preach. Don't promote vertical & horizontal movement if you keep denying it to the engineers year after year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    OK Company to begin your career then move on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and I learnt a lot. Decent benefits and you get free satellite television service. Had the opportunity to work various business areas which greatly added to my professional experience.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be laid off for after five years regardless of whether your performance is good or not. Management in the IT area do not care much about employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at DIRECTV full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Cafeteria
    Discounts on subscription
    people are nice

    Cons

    company culture is not very exciting at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more interdepartmental activities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to get your foot in the door..if they keep you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at DIRECTV as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dependent on the department you work for, highly intelligent, team oriented, and fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Truly talented professionals rotate in and out of DIRECTV due to an 18 month tenure limit for contract workers. Onsite employees or consultants endure significant loss to productivity while back filling or ramp-up of another worker rotating in from another failed project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the vendor contracts and the job descriptions that require 18 month tenure limits. Most projects average more than 18 months and to be honest, contractors prefer to report wins on resumes, not losses. Abrupt transitions do not foster a successful implementation environment.
    Improve talent management of consultants and treat them with professionalism. Due to "temporary nature" of contractors, they are hired without strategic vision in mind or how to ensure an ROI on the $ spent on labor. Due to a lack of budget management, contractors are let go on a whim with little consideration of the impacts to the projects and workers. We are not cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Eh...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DIRECTV

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, that's about it.

    Cons

    No job security layoffs every year lately with ATT merger.

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