EchoStar Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Its not Dish in name only

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than a year)

    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.


  2. Stay Away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    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


  3. focus on the future. divest the past

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start a career - don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    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.


  6. Systems Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros at all for this company.

    Cons

    Anything you can think of.


  7. A foot in the revolving door

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Operations Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Broadcast Operations Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Office work that is not physically demanding. Some of the most dedicated people I've had the pleasure to call co-workers. Benefits are adequate. Time off accrues, even for hourly employees. The company is rock solid, and never had rounds of layoffs during the recession.

    Cons

    For every dedicated, involved, and competent employee there are 2-3 that are not. Career advancement is unlikely. Openings in Mid to Upper Management positions are filled from outside the company, creating stagnation at the lower levels. The work culture is largely based on picking apart every personnel error. High turnover in non-specialized support departments.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear and reasonable about your expectations. Create pathways for advancement and stick to them. The culture created by publicizing every error is more toxic than the benefits gained from that policy. Be more selective about who you hire. Raise salary levels enough to entice competent workers to join the team. Create a situation where you can choose from the best and brightest, rather than simply hiring some warm bodies and occasionally finding a good employee.


  8. Senior Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture - Fun atmosphere - Willingness to teach and grow employees - 'Get it done' attitude common across employees

    Cons

    - Benefits are a bit on the high side - Would prefer more vacation carryover


  9. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for.

    Cons

    The total different culture from Denver-Corporate to Cheyenne-Operational - two different views of how the work should get done. It would be nice if there was a better meeting of the minds in order to sink processes and be more effective.


  10. Great employer, lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation, outstanding tuition reimbursement availablity, good benefits, good career paths available

    Cons

    New employee. No identified downfalls as of yet.

    Advice to Management

    New employee. No advice to management yet.


  11. No bad

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Big company, not too much risk. It is a big company so it has a policy of not taking risks.

    Cons

    Not a great place to be inspired. It may have good tech but what it does with it may not be that fun.



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