EchoStar Reviews in Wyoming

Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
140 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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  1.  

    Good people!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    EchoStar is a great company. Good people to work with and very skilled at their jobs.

    Cons

    Wages are low compared to Colorado

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more attention to people and their efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Salaries

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

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Not stuck doing one job all the time.

    Cons

    Don't get paid for the many job tasks you really do.
    Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to compensate their employees for the actual tasks they do instead of viewing it as a "process". If you do the job now, you should get paid now, not in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Spacecraft Engineer I  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Spacecraft Engineer I in Cheyenne, WY

    I worked at EchoStar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pro is that you can gain experience to get a better job elsewhere.

    Cons

    The environment is toxic. There is a bully-victim culture. The different teams do not work well together, and there is open antagonism between different teams. Managers are openly insubordinate to senior managers and badmouth other teams. The Spacecraft Operations Center (SOC) is known as "The Ivory Tower" in the Cheyenne Broadcast Center, because many of the other employees in the Broadcast Center perceive that SOC employees feel like they are better than everybody else. That can make it difficult to interface with other departments.

    There are very limited opportunities for professional growth. Most of the long time employees have found their niche and have no incentive to train new people. As a new engineer your responsibilities will be mostly technical writing and administrative tasks. There is a feeling that if too much effort is put in to training new people, they will leave the company to get another job sooner.

    There is a strong emphasis on "the way we've always done things". EchoStar does not want to invest the time in keeping their processes up to date.

    There is a lot of employee turnover. From about 2004 to 2013 I know of four recent college graduates hired as engineers in the Cheyenne SOC. All of them have now moved on. Three of them left on bad terms, and the other one left the company as soon as he could find a better job. During the same time period I know of three other more experienced engineers who left because they did not like the environment. The Cheyenne engineering team target size was five to six people during these years.

    The salaries tend to be on the low end of the industry. The bigger problem we had with recruiting was that the Cheyenne area tends to be unappealing to young people. And living in Fort Collins is not acceptable because the distance is too great to fulfill your on-call responsibilities promptly. The Gilbert, AZ office seems not to have as many problems as the Cheyenne office. If you have the opportunity to go there it may be better for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of structure. It means management has to do more work on the front end, but once it is in place it will save you so much time it's worth the effort. Make it part of your culture.

    Be proactive.

    Be on time, and start meetings on time.

    Maintain an organized work area.

    Learn to offer people constructive, timely feedback. An internet personality test that says you're introverted is not a valid excuse to fail to communicate with your employees. Make it happen.

    Create one set of standards, clearly communicate them to your teams, and apply them across the board to everybody.

    If a subject matter expert can't articulate the steps in their processes, it's a problem. They need to build those skills or work with someone who can do those things for them.

    If a process is inefficient, it should be reevaluated and streamlined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly co-workers but it is like working in a "bleached" environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - BOT IV  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - BOT IV in Cheyenne, WY

    I worked at EchoStar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy to learn other departments jobs and transfer.

    Cons

    Problems flow downhill quickly. Being in the TOC (bottom or entry level) other departments quickly find a way to pass the buck when problems arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and support employees that have worked worked for years there. There is finger pointing in every department when something happens. Create an inter-departmental investigation team when trying to find the origination of a problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible benefits, long hours, low salaries... what's to like?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator II  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator II in Cheyenne, WY

    I worked at EchoStar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They will send you to a ton of training, so you can quickly improve your resume with knowledge and certifications on new technology.

    Cons

    Long hours, micromanagement, blamestorming describes management at Echostar. They are truly a company where they expect you to take PTO for a 2 hour doctor's appointment during the day but think nothing of demanding you stay late to meet deadlines. And there's no real opportunity for advancement. There's always talk of how "we are changing the way things are done" but then when it comes times for reviews, surprise! Nothing ever changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your goal is to train people to quickly get better jobs elsewhere, BRAVO! Otherwise, you need to recognize that even in Cheyenne, there are now multiple technical opportunities that let people quickly move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Depressing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Cheyenne, WY

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

    Pros

    It's extremely hard to be fired

    Cons

    Low pay no advancement, upper management that simply doesn't care about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees the way you would want to be treated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Total and complete job satisfaction,

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

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time for more than 8 years

    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.  

    Good company to work with

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment and team environment. The department works towards excellence
    Ability to lead
    Leadership
    Technical Knowledge
    Ability for growth

    Cons

    Benefits offered does not meet industry standard.
    There are groups outside of the department that controls a lot of how things are run. This could be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you dont want to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer I  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Cheyenne, WY

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

    Pros

    Easy, laid back. Good place to work if you just want to put in time and go home.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad benefits
    untrained/ignorant management
    no training
    no room for advancement
    expensive benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop penalizing the people who do all the work and who train and try to advance. Stop getting in the way with stupid ideas out of a magazine that you read on an airplane and basing everything off buzzwords. Stop promoting the slackers and incompetent people because this is where your problems start compounding. And pay better to attract talent and get off the 10 ten worst places to work list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to gain experience and earn a paycheck

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Steady income and interesting work.

    Cons

    Job-knowledge aside, unless you are willing to 'play the game,' you will remain at the bottom of the barrel. Pay is based on a cost-of-living analysis that hasn't been adjusted in what must be 20 years. Promotion from within is extremely rare, don't expect too much advancement in any reasonable time from where you start. Don't expect real pay raises or much time off either. Health benefits are there only to be laughed at. This company is your typical 'those at the top get the credit/money/recognition while those that do the everyday work get nothing.'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one wants a parking spot as a reward for giving the company 15 years of their life. If you want loyal and hard working employees to care about their work, give them a reason to respect what they do and why they are doing it. Treat them as valued employees with benefits that make them believe that you care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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