EchoStar Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
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Pros
  • Values work/life balance and is a place where I feel appreciated (in 8 reviews)

  • very good opportunity to learn a lot - you are given all the responsibility you want and then some (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay no advancement, upper management that simply doesn't care about their employees (in 14 reviews)

  • Use to be good in health benefits but now they have reduced (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Great culture and they are transitioning to an agile workplace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineer I (Computer Programmer) in Englewood, CO
    Current Intern - Engineer I (Computer Programmer) in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at EchoStar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The team I work with is always on point and looking for ways to improve. People are constructive and some brilliant minds are working hard. Hours are flexible as an engineer and the company encourages bonding events such as hikes up 14ers.

    Cons

    The locations are a bit spread out of you need to travel from site to site. Otherwise, as an intern, I've really not had any experiences yet to write anything negative.

    Advice to Management

    You do a great job trying to reach out to your employees. Keep breaking up the cubes and molding the culture into one team!


  2. dish network

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Dispatch Specialist I in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Lead Dispatch Specialist I in Englewood, CO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good experience, office experience as a dispatcher and lead specialist

    Cons

    terrible interoffice relationships and hostile work environments


  3. Great place to start out

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Englewood, CO
    Current Intern - Intern in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at EchoStar as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good team to work with developing software

    Cons

    Older philosophy at the company, and a place I would not want to have a career at because there seems to be little place to go.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize the company to target the mobile generation rather than the older TV-watching generations.


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  5. Meh

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

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really depends on your department, middle managers at times can be incredibly helpful and you get involved in some interesting projects.

    Cons

    It's a mixed bag, They really don't pay all that great and upper management tends to view you with disdain but if you get a decent direct manager it can be tolerable.


  6. Engineer II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Englewood, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Job security is great. You have to really mess something up to get fired.

    Cons

    Think of this place like an inflatable obstacle course. It is easy to get in but once you're in, they throw everything at you to prevent you from getting promoted. Promotions are handed not on merit but everything else. If you play the political game hard, you can probably advance but then you turn into a politician and we all know they all suck. The job security is also somewhat of a drawback. Sure, you probably won't get fired but that means all the terrible employees that cause more work are kept.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture!!! Promote based on merit. Pay employees better. Don't pull stupid reasons for being stingy. Above all else, get better benefits.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start a career - don

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you're straight out of college and need a springboard to starting your career, this is a decent place. It helps put some experience on your resume. Do not stay on more than 1 year. Get that base experience and move on.

    Cons

    Where to begin. Pay is far below industry. Benefits are terrible. International test standards are non-existent. Engineering - oh my god, where to begin. Smh. Let's just say it's not uncommon for developers to quit as soon as a project is set for release. You will work hard and get zero recognition for a job well done. If you make a mistake, you will be nailed for it (think "annual review"). Your chances for promotion are in direct proportion to how close you are to the decision makers. Pay raises are a complete insult (who doesn't love a 3 cents raise after busting their humor all year long?). The list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that the people who actually do the work enable you to be where you are. Treating people like they are beneath you and expendable is unnecessary.


  8. Senior Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great culture - Fun atmosphere - Willingness to teach and grow employees - 'Get it done' attitude common across employees

    Cons

    - Benefits are a bit on the high side - Would prefer more vacation carryover


  9. No bad

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

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

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

    Pros

    Big company, not too much risk. It is a big company so it has a policy of not taking risks.

    Cons

    Not a great place to be inspired. It may have good tech but what it does with it may not be that fun.


  10. Great place to learn and work

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

    I worked at EchoStar

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technologies, Team, Environment, Career Opportunities. Received a free training. In general this is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are not the best at this company. Had a feeling that mangers did not trust their workers.Often had to work overtime.


  11. Echostar is great.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My team has been very supportive in giving good critique wit the work that I have been doing. I can share my opinions without feeling like I am stepping on toes or offending people. I have been given a period to prove myself and show management and peers what I am capable of. I am treated as a professional by peers and management.

    Cons

    It has taken a little while to get used to the cubicle compartmentalized atmosphere. What I do it would lead better to have desks/spaces more open.



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