EchoStar

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EchoStar Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
139 Reviews

2.9
139 Reviews
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Values work/life balance and is a place where I feel appreciated (in 7 reviews)

  • Awesome work environment, Challenging work, Lot of opportunities to grow (in 8 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 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people to work with

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

    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
  2.  

    EchoStar is a leading-edge high-tech telecommunications company where you can make a difference.

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

    Pros

    1. Working for an innovative, high-tech company that invests heavily in leading edge technology to stay ahead of the curve. Satellites, Linux, server farms everywhere, virtual machines, endless applications, tools and software. This is truly a technology playground.
    2. There are many opportunities to make a difference. From small projects to long-term missions, if you have the ambition, you can excel and make a name for yourself here.
    3. Compared to my previous positions, the work-life balance here is superb. Most managers are satisfied if you work a solid eight hours.
    4. Most managers are very reasonable when it comes to performance expectations and workload.
    5. Most of the employees here are great people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Can't think of many negatives of working here but I'll try:
    2. The benefits are average (not bad but not great). For example, the health insurance plans have fairly high deductibles before the plans start paying and you get 2 weeks vacation for the first 5 years. Again, not terrible but not great.
    3. Some of the locations are difficult to travel to (satellite uplink facilities) or surrounded by lots of traffic (Inverness in Denver).
    4. Some of the employees are disgruntled and I wish they would just leave and find a job that they like instead of spreading their negativity around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've done a great job with the technology and the finances (product lines, financial performance, etc.). My only advice is that the benefits should be improved. Why be just another average company when it comes to benefits? If you offer great benefits then your employees will recognize the sentiment and really appreciate the company that they work for. For example, my previous company offered 3 weeks vacation after 2 years of employment and that was a benefit that everyone thought was fantastic. In addition, the health insurance plans had much lower deductibles ($100 for an individual and $400 for employee+family) and the bimonthly cost was lower as well.

    Why not take the company to the next level by offering excellent "stand-out" benefits instead of just average benefits like everyone else?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome experience

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

    Pros

    Great manager, great workplace, great people

    Cons

    There are no downsides as they are very good to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn on the job, great learning experience

    Cons

    stagnant potential. No room to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    there is enough room for creativity, leadership and innovation.

    Cons

    lack of better process , which can repeat the success and cycle every time without any surprises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Electrical Engineer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Great work environment. Friendly employees. Excellent learning opportunity. Excellent pay for an intern ($15/hr as a junior in college)

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything bad about this job. Occasionally there is downtime with nothing to do except look busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Total and complete job satisfaction,

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

    Pros

    Open door policy, that really works
    Above average benefits
    Work with you on family issues
    Generous travel budget.

    Cons

    Occasional weekends and holidays working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

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

    Pros

    nice people good management good pay

    Cons

    no cafeteria, core work hours are weird

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire younger people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Team & Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Windows Administrator  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Windows Administrator in Englewood, CO

    Pros

    The team I worked with at EchoStar 100 Inverness Terrace East (NOT DISH) was one of the best teams I have had the pleasure of working with. They are outgoing, friendly, personable and believe in having a good relationship with their employees. Also they are not time keepers at EchoStar like there counterpart DISH you are hired as a professional and you are treated as such.
    As for the Windows, Unix , Network Staff they are friendly smart and treat you with respect. This is a company that I can see working at for a long time as long as they do not take the DISH mentality and rules.

    Cons

    I really have no cons about the IT department or the company, this is like working for a normal company out there. IT is very relaxed as long as you get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the environment totally separate from DISH, understand that in order to keep employees you need to have a environment like EchoStar that is more mainstream. IT people are not a dime a dozen when you are working with cutting edge technology. I would recommend EchoStar to anyone out there in the Windows Admin area.

    Recommends
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