EchoStar

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EchoStar Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
146 Reviews
2.8
146 Reviews
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
Michael T. Dugan
65 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.  

    Internship Experience

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    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.

    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 this has 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    Not employee focused.

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    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
  6.  

    Unfriendly atmosphere, non-existent teamwork, appallingly inappropriate CEO

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

    Alright Folks

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8.  

    Average company to work for

    Former Employee - Field Service Specialist I in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Field Service Specialist I in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked at Va Beach office, friendly environment at the time. I was with the company in 2008.

    Cons

    Cooperate care less about the technician

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more cares towards the employee

  9.  

    Ok place to work, not for a career

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Inside Sales in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Inside Sales in El Paso, TX

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great training, you actually learn a lot about Dish Network offerings and customer service and sales. Training hours are standard. Once you get to the floor, the first few weeks are fine.

    Cons

    Trouble comes later on when they start with forced overtime and strange schedules. Sure, it allows for a few extra dollars on your paycheck but it interferes with life.

    If you are young or don't have a family this job is fine, if you plan on spending time with your loved ones, this might not be the best option for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Test Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good Experience and hard work

    Cons

    Low Pay, bad culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees and pay them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It is interesting, new stuff comes up often. Nice people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The people are nice. There are continuous new projects to work on. There are facilities provided for learning new things.

    Cons

    The location I work at is in the traffic nexus of Atlanta. It is exhausting to drive here. Communication isn't ideal. A lot is expected for the pay. They keep some people hourly and call them non-essential disposable resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a clearer chain of command and less micro-management. Maybe before launching into a technical discussion have your facts straight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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