EchoStar Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Member of Technical Staff III

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good exposure to different technologies. Opportunity to work with people of different experience levels.

    Cons

    Not as many Company events

    Advice to Management

    More employee events for networking


  2. Senior Operations Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Ops Coordinator in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Senior Ops Coordinator in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer continuing education tools that are free for employees and there are discounts at local colleges to assist with taking your education further.

    Cons

    Pay scale isn't current with industry standards, Echostar is on the lower end of the pay scale. Management is good but senior / upper management care only of the other senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Involve your lower paid / lower employees in meetings to ensure their ability to improve their status ~ enable them to educate themselves and improve their knowledge of the work or project that the employee is currently a part of.


  3. stings like acid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool technology and pretty decent work life balance

    Cons

    Untrusting management , no bonus or serious salary increase opportunity


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  5. Engineering Tech II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, flexible hours, not really to much else to add for pro's of echostar other than what was stated.

    Cons

    Lack of growth, stagnant working conditions, low pay for the position based on industry pay curve, poor project communication, poor inter-departmental relations, lack of quality driven focus.

    Advice to Management

    Harbor growth within and help talented people grow and learn. Given the opportunity employees can become a better asset to the company if they can grow and learn from within.


  6. Innovation, passion, and fun

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    This company is driven by innovation and is a great place for an Engineer to build a lasting career. The teams are fun to work with, and people enjoy their jobs. My favorite aspect is the relatively small feel of the organization, compared to the actual size. They are big and stable, yet have been able to hold onto some of the simple aspects that make startups so fun to work for.

    Cons

    There are some aspects of the organization that haven't quite adopted industry standards. In a way that is why they have been so successful as reducing bureaucracy though, so it is worth the hassle. Additionally, this is not the place to work if you plan on warming a seat, Echostar wants staff that jump in with both feet, work hard, and push the company to greater success. Health benefits don't really stand up to most companies, but then again are less expensive. If you put the balance in your HSA (as they recommend) it levels out, but if you take planning upon yourself you can shoot yourself in the foot.


  7. A Two Year Assessment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Opportunities for lateral transfers + High tech environment + Recognition for hard work + Training and education + I have known many people that were given the chance to shift around the company to find a good fit for their skill sets. This company will allow this occurrence many times and gives workers a chance to be happy with their jobs. Although actual promotions are available occasionally, these are mostly considered "Lateral Transfers" meaning that the compensation will not change regardless of complexity of the new position. + They work with some excellent and capable technology. Possibly the most advanced devices in the industry. It is very interesting to be part of the development process and helping to shape the functionality and design of systems within the device. They also provide any equipment necessary to accomplish success. This helps make the job much better and smoother for the workers so that they can remain productive. + At the quarterly meetings the company will hand out awards and recognition to the workers by providing employee of the month certificates, or a Kudos trophy that gets passed on from the previous winner. These awards are based on the managers submissions for the workers nominated and then upper management picks a handful of those. + The company offers social skill or interpersonal classes every month taught by the HR department. In addition they have an online learning program accessible any time from the job site. Every once in a while they do put employees in more valuable courses for better development and for certification. It has been known that the distribution of employees may not necessarily be skillful in that particular course, and several do not pass the exams.

    Cons

    - Complacent supervisors/managers/leads - Compensation - Employee Moral - Company Subculture Well, I don't want to get into it really, its probably better not to get started. Despite that, things do change, just very very slowly, and sometimes it comes too late. Especially when the more talented people have already left.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are motivated to improve their skills and stay attentive to the team, creating great success. Some managers have become complacent and allow the teams to run themselves, and the disorganization contributes to a jaded state for the workers. Overall this creates uneven output from each group.


  8. Dns tech

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Possibly of up to $350 a paycheck in bonus

    Cons

    Very focused on sales, threaten your job. Always feel like no matter how hard you work they aren't happy

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to motivate employees instead of constant harassment about sales!


  9. Interesting times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great employees to work with! Very talented.

    Cons

    Limited number of products and mainly B2B2 customers except for their subsidiaries.


  10. Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Reputation in satellite industry and I liked the company because of telecom domain

    Cons

    Benefits are not good. Managers tend to play with their team members. Especially Indian managers exploit the work place. No flexibility. More work with limited resources. Downside no career advancements because of the barriers (Immediate managers).

    Advice to Management

    Please educate the managers with proper work culture and behavior.


  11. Dish Network

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Harlingen, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Harlingen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime if you want it, some good coaches ,some horrible team leads with no experience

    Cons

    On major fight nights you had to be there no matter I'd you were suppose to be off



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