EchoStar Reviews

Updated July 2, 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. No communication

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Magna, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Magna, UT

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

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

    Pros

    There is slight flexibility where a big deal is not made if you come in at 9:05am instead of 9am sharp. Co-workers are nice to work with.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication. It seems that no one knows what's truly going on because they do not talk to each other. It seems like it's a company run on fear tactics. The medical and dental benefits are a high deductible.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate.


  2. Compression Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Mount Jackson, VA
    Current Employee - Technician in Mount Jackson, VA

    I have been working at EchoStar

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

    Pros

    Very nice employees. Great managers. Fun atmosphere. Everyone has a sense of humor. Training is paced at how fast you learn.

    Cons

    Ridiculous amount of things to learn. Many acronyms and other abstract terms. Loads of numbers to memorize.

    Advice to Management

    There isn't really anything I can say to management. They do a Fantastic job, and they facilitate a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I suppose I'd say keep it up.


  3. Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist in Harrisburg, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for those with a dales background who like working with their hands. Dish had begun to make their technicians into salesman

    Cons

    Constant presume to sale. They tell you to not be pushy salesman but yet give you all kinds of quotas


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  5. Meh

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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. Decent salary, great atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent if you put in the effort. There are many opportunities to move up and learn, but only if you seek them.

    Cons

    Industry testing standards (ISTQB) are not met nor enforced. Benefits not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more trainings for bottom level testers, present more incentive to go the extra mile.


  7. 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.


  8. Its not Dish in name only

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Can't really think of much of a pro. They pay close to market rate,

    Cons

    Departments are constantly at war with each other. Management spends more time attempting to screw other managers over than actually getting stuff done. The company culture is vindictive, and non-cooperative. On entrance, they repeat that they are not Dish, over and over again. In reality, its a case of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks". The "discount" on dish service is laughable (we actually paid less for tv when I quit and switched our service to Comcast). Benefits were absolute bare minimum all the way around. The health insurance is the ultra high deductible that barely covers anything.

    Advice to Management

    Considering the corporate culture, I would consider advice to management a waste of time and effort. There is no way they'd listen to anyone.


  9. Stay Away

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database and Systems Administrator, Engineer Ll in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Database and Systems Administrator, Engineer Ll in Aurora, 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

    Co-workers were all good people and current friends.

    Cons

    After 2 years 11 of the 12 in my group were either forced out or quit. That included my first boss (who hired me), my second boss, and my third boss.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better


  10. focus on the future. divest the past

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    M&A is strong pointing towards great vision of the future. Creates opening for implementation all stars

    Cons

    Slow/archaic supply chain model isn't scalable. Highly recommend putting in younger talent willing to drive suppliers to competitive pricing and lead times

    Advice to Management

    Get better talent in positions to make a difference in the org.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start a career - don

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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.



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