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Extremely Poor leadership who abuse hard working staff

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Cool, cutting edge tech that is always interesting and challenging. You certainly won't get bored here. If you are simply interested in "playing" with technology and research, this is the place for you. It's a geek's paradise. If you have aspirations about growing as a business professional, however, go elsewhere.

Pay is not bad upon entry, but don't expect a raise. Aim for the highest salary possible, because now matter how well your annual reviews go, or how hard you work, you will almost certainly be rated "average". The fix is in by the company leaders so that they don't ever have to treat you special again, after you've been recruited and signed your employment contract. The only ones who get raises/promotions are the brown-nosers and/or former co-workers/cronies of the leadership team.

Cons

Leadership is arrogant, dictatorial, and completely disconnected from the "working class". I have never encountered a leadership team that is made up of more cronies, classmates and former co-workers (and, I'm not kidding... NEIGHBORS). There is a complete lack of vision for the long term strategy of the company, instead they focus on how to gouge customers to pay more for less, because it is easier than developing new and innovative products.

People are treated like very intelligent cattle. Shuffled around on whim without any regard for what the employee may want. Career paths are entirely non-existent. Employee recognition is a joke.

The present CEO has an "open door policy", but fails to mention the pit-bull guarding the door or the fact that he's never on the other side of it. Blissfully ignorant of what is going on in his own company, he has surrounded himself with people who will never tell him the truth and which he refuses to see himself.

There is One Vice President for every 35 employees and one Director for every 28 employees in the company, if that tells you anything about how top heavy the organization is. And humble alms must be paid to each and every one on a regular basis in order for you to be successful on any project.

Every decision in the company is made by consensus, because no one wants to be held accountable for anything. You will interview with everyone from the VP to the janitor to get into the company, and each and every one had better like you, regardless of whether or not you a qualified.

Ethnic minorities, LGBT, or physically challenged people need not apply. Even if they let you in to meet EEOC quotas, you won't go anywhere. You'll just be a novelty.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring your friends, neighbors and former staff and get some real talent in the company who aren't afraid to tell the emperor that he has no clothes.

Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    People and satellites are superior; the rest is a disappointment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe

    Pros

    My DigitalGlobe colleagues are all very hard working, knowledgeable, and helpful. The facilities, equipment, and benefits are decent. I believe the products we put out are high quality.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking, processes are cumbersome, and it takes forever to get anything done. I know the satellites are innovative, but not much else is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Invest in your employees: develop career paths for all employees, implement an employee review process that's meaningful (and fair), grow your workers into managers, but provide training so that new managers know how to manage before you promote them.
    2. Streamline processes and reduce bureaucracy.
    3. Improve communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Burnout City

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Longmont, CO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe

    Pros

    Cool technology, exciting business. Secure government contracts mean the business isn't going to shut down. Good benefits package and employee break room.

    Cons

    Senior management is terrible and they think people are widgets. As long as you keep your head down and don't challenge the status quo, you'll be ok. The HR team is completely turned over every two years, if they can't retain HR people then something is seriously wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is in it only to cash out and most employees know it. They make promises they don't keep and credibility is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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