EchoStar

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EchoStar Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
150 Reviews
2.9
150 Reviews
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
Michael T. Dugan
67 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great increases but too many employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSRIII in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - CSRIII in El Paso, TX

    I worked at EchoStar

    Pros

    Great merit increases bad employee relations

    Cons

    Horrible parking dirty place bad management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More individual treatment more empathy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good internship experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work, helpful people, great experience

    Cons

    Didn't find any con in the short period

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Large Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and there's plenty of it.

    Cons

    HR does stupid and annoying things, like timesheets for engineers - ugh.
    The benefits generally suck. Management knows they suck and doesn't care.
    Management makes classic mistakes, like adding people to a late project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like people instead of "headcount"

    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company very pleased

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

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good group of people and very comfortable environment. Everyone has been very welcoming and friendly as I came onboard. Genuinely interested in helping you get up to speed and contributing quickly. The benefits package is solid especially the tuition reimbursement program. Lots of nice perks working here with significant discount for a variety of services. Management allows people to do their job without micro managing day to day functions.

    Cons

    Tuition reimbursement and approval process is slow. I have only been with the company a short time but there seems to be a large number of contractors versus employees. Contractors make sense in certain cases but there are several they have been with the company for years. Would seem to make more sense to have them converted to employees to be more vested in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love to see Upper Management put a greater emphasis on the employee activities such as the Halloween, Thanksgiving parties. Participation was low and lacked the feeling the company cared about those activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    For an intern, Echostar provides a very healthy atmosphere. The people are friendly and help you to get started. The job mainly consisted of minor bug fixes in the beginning, but as time passed the tasks assigned were more challenging. As with any other company, the more you explore the more you learn. The managers held regular meetings to ensure things were on track and encouraged me to pick up harder tasks. The job not very stressful, paid decently for an intern, so overall the experience was more than satisfactory.

    Cons

    The technology is fairly old and no attempts are made to upgrade to newer systems. Also the testing and debugging methods are quite archaic and there's a lot of scope for improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're in the right area, this company can be 'ok'

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

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

    Pros

    Very stable employment.
    In certain areas, the work can be very cutting-edge
    In certain areas (ExpressVu), they can be reasonable about expected work and project management.

    Cons

    The respect for people in other groups or as employees can be nonexistent at times, on all ladders of the company. In one company all-team-meeting, the CEO was asked about the employees working 12-hour days in a Pennsylvania-based facility, and his response was "it's great you have the work." and really didn't see their problem of, "hey, we would like to go home" as stated in the question.

    Group-to-group, internally, the game of "ask for everything like you needed it yesterday whether you do or not" happens entirely too often.

    Within the software group doing the flagship set-top-boxes for Dish, unbelievably unrealistic deadlines are made in some effort to drive a product and 'incentivize' working weekends. In the end, software engineering becomes an exercise in managing technical debt and covering-up bugs or hacking things together so you get your evenings and weekends back from overpromises of management.

    Don't think for a second your heroics will be rewarded when it comes time for raises.

    Quite a bit of the problems have to do with the fact that it's a hardware engineering company, and software is usually the last thing between a product collecting dust and generating revenue---I don't think that is ever going to change.

    I had said in a previous review that this is a good place to start your career, and, I'm not sure that is entirely accurate. It's good in that it's a stable job with very minimal politics at the entry-level. It's bad in that the development of maturity as a software engineer, is lacking. Things like estimation, architecture, and maturity in product-ownership can be hard to develop if you don't go out on-a-limb and get it yourself.

    ...but overall, at the end of the day, it's not a horrific place to work if you need the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your product against a vision rather than sycophantic obedience of management when they see what's available currently at Best Buy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The people are great but the company only cares about money.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Resolutions Specialist in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Resolutions Specialist in Littleton, CO

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

    Pros

    The people that i worked with were great. My dept was especially fun to be in as my direct manager always made sure there were team activities.

    Cons

    Money is always an issue. The company cares more about making money than helping their employees; this includes budget cuts, raises being cut, no more performance bonus pays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to get to know employees more. They need to learn about the agents that are doing the dirty work. Instead of making excuses about letting people go, honesty is what is needed. If there is a budget cut that needs to be said instead of writing negative reviews about well known good performing agents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not employee focused.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    An engineer's dream. The work is very technical. Also, you get the opportunity to deal with manufacturing teams from China and Mexico, repair facilities in Mexico, etc. very good opportunity to learn a lot - you are given all the responsibility you want and then some.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low. Lots of pressure and frequent chances to get chewed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase benefits, and try to make this a more enjoyable work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Unfriendly atmosphere, non-existent teamwork, appallingly inappropriate CEO

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

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

    Pros

    In my case, not all, I am well-paid. I enjoy the work I do.Good 401(k) matching. Nice bi-annual events - picnic and holiday party.

    Cons

    The concept of greeting someone in the hallway as you pass is foreign to most employees, especially those who once worked for Dish - teamwork is not valued much either. We have very outdated software. CEO says such stupid things during all-employee meetings that they now have an HR representative standing right next to him when he talks He races through the parking lot like its the Indy 500 - it almost seems like he is aiming at employees who are walking across the lot - guess he thinks they are the one's giving him poor reviews on this site ;)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ditch the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Alright Folks

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

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    i guess there is an alright balance of work/culture

    Cons

    the environment is awful. There was a course i took awhile back, and they mentioned the hardest thing to do is change culture. Culture from the get go here is awful. Senior mgmt all team meetings are so forced. Basically, there isn't a team culture, it's more like your lucky to have a job here. There is no encouragement, no fun, just a simple 8-5 job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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