EchoStar

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EchoStar Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
160 Reviews
2.9
160 Reviews
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
Michael T. Dugan
72 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.  

    Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer, Intern in Superior, CO
    Current Employee - Software Developer, Intern in Superior, CO

    I have been working at EchoStar

    Pros

    Great people, got to work on latest technology

    Cons

    Low salary compared to living standard in near by area like Boulder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Program Management

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to gain useful experience to use and take elsewhere.

    Cons

    Tough working conditions, lots of hours, minimum pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as a valuable resource and maybe they will stay and value you in return

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Meh

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

    I have been working at EchoStar

    Pros

    Salary is good, Superior office is laid back.

    Cons

    Health insurance sucks. Terrible holidays and vacation policy. Corporate office is everywhere and stiffeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like your employees are important. There is no chance for advancement so the best employees inevitably leave quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard work, in an engineering environment.

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

    I worked at EchoStar

    Pros

    This place has legitimate engineering opportunities for techie types. Design, coding, testing, manufacturing, the gamut.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are not that good, lots of pressure, relatively little positive feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. They're working hard for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    software engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Denver, CO

    I worked at EchoStar

    Pros

    good place to gain some experience as an entry level engineer

    Cons

    none for now. I enjoyed my time there.

  7.  

    Good, Strong company with alot of hardworking employees

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

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

    Pros

    * lots to learn and do - there are always new and exciting projects to work on
    * surrounded by smart people - whether you are talking with the folks at ETC, ESS, or Sling you are always around by truly smart people
    * decent benefits - not the best, but not the worst - for the average healthy person the benefits are just fine plus the company gives free money towards HSA. Solid financial perks - 401k matching, profit sharing, employee stock purchase, etc

    Cons

    * leadership is a bit out of touch - the work environment has changed over the years and employees work harder because of it - executive management needs to update their perspective on culture to help keep the good employees
    * there are no incentives for top performers to continue to be top performers
    * job responsibilities are flexible and little recognition (increases) are given to those taking on new work
    * lack of good management training - most things don't happen because managers don't think they can or don't know how to get them done. A good training program for managers will help them to be better decision makers and can help to develop and reward top talent more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better overall management and leadership - please empower your Directors and Managers to be better leaders. Encourage them to be advocates for their employees to ensure they have what they need to be successful - whether that is better increases, better work life balance (more time off), recognition, advancement opportunities, etc. Please stop settling for complacency and stop assuming that employees will always work day and night to get the job done to get very little in return and stop letting weak employees continue to be weak - develop them into good talent or let them go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ok company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EchoStar

    Pros

    develop some very cool stuffs

    Cons

    career is somewhat limited in a way.

  9.  

    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
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    Typical Large Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    EchoStar sucks.

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

    I have been working at EchoStar

    Pros

    An engineering job was available.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement. Poor technical training. Poor benefits and vacation (2 weeks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take any advice from people in the company. Support employees with training and promotions and raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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