EchoStar Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
144 Reviews
2.8
144 Reviews
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
Michael T. Dugan
63 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.  

    Not employee focused.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Unfriendly atmosphere, non-existent teamwork, appallingly inappropriate CEO

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    • 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 We have very outdated software.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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Ok place to work, not for a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Satisfied

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good management. Lots of center events and prizes.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for agents to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Test Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Low salary, weak benefits, and good 'ol boy culture. Three strikes from the start. Would not return...ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It was steady work when I needed a job, but the overall rate of compensation compared to the expectations/requirements/work environment made it hell while I was there.

    Cons

    It's not what you know but who you know. 24x7 operations coverage is not conducive to a real family life. Getting a holiday off took an act of God, unless you "knew" somebody or were the bosses buddy.

    Manager's all seemed to be in their position because of an angel on their side. Often wondered if it was because of some hidden dirt on the next level because most managers were not the best or brightest, but still managed to be untouchable some how.

    I wouldn't recommend it as a place to pursue, unless you can get a good gauge of the culture prior to hiring on. They seemed to hide that part during the interview process. Granted it is a tough business to be in but it was made worse by the lack of equality, low pay, and horrible health benefits. Always messaged as being the best they could do with the budget, but the profits at the top never seemed to impact/improve the working types.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, treat people as a resource not as consumable entity, encourage honesty and value skills/experience over who you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people to work with

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Great people, Challenging projects, Responsible projects

    Cons

    Better benefits, Better wages, Better Medical plans

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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