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Good place to get experience, but not to stay.

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Current Employee - Non-Engineering in Englewood, CO
Current Employee - Non-Engineering in Englewood, CO

I have been working at EchoStar

Pros

Great exposure and education for satellite communications and video delivery technology/service operator markets worldwide. A company that takes calculated risks, makes bold moves and is not timid about upsetting industry status quo - always something new to learn. Great people who are mostly eager to share and mentor. Very high job security but for the wrong reasons.

Cons

The dysfunction of executive/upper management eventually pushes out the talent. Top-down communication is abysmal. Project direction is sporadic at best and you can count on pouring yourself into initiatives only to have them either cancelled or mismanaged at launch due to lack of management experience for market-facing programs. EchoStar does not yet know what it wants to be when it grows up. Top and senior executives all come from DISH, follow old-school management styles of “need to know” basis and do not even communicate well with each other due to the extremely siloed reporting structure with different presidents giving different orders concerning projects that cross divisions. Middle management spends their time trying to figure it out and hoping for top-down direction that does not materialize.

EchoStar is not a high-performance company, so high-performing employees go above and beyond to make up for the dead-weight employees and managers, at same or usually lower salaries. High-performing employees are not usually recognized for these efforts, are not promoted, and EchoStar refuses to move or dismiss incompetent managers. Due to these facts, the salaries are some of the lowest in the industry. But if you want complacency and the ability to get by under the radar, unable to get fired or laid off unless you do something illegal that impacts the company, EchoStar is a mecca. If EchoStar were serious about being a global leader (as it claims), the board of directors would have mandated a management overhaul a long time ago. But the board has one major shareholder to please, and employee issues are not his top concern by a long shot. Balance sheet only.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Like other large corporations post mergers, acquisitions and market strategy changes, hire an outside consulting firm to audit operations, branding and management worldwide - able to recommend badly needed changes that will bring the company together - an outside firm will not be influenced by company politics and it takes the pressure off of the CEO.

Put a director on the board who will advocate for employees. Although the board directive is to advocate for shareholders/stakeholders, advocacy for employees is on the rise and particularly prevelant in companies outside the US. This director should focus on putting qualified, high-performing people in key positions and weeding out the bad. The outcome would raise profits and efficiency, something the chairman identifies with - a $$ initiative, not an HR initiative.

Find a way to pull the divisions together. The silos are killing us.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are still DIsh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at EchoStar

    Pros

    There are some friendly employees. Interesting technology to work with. Like some of the changes due to Hughes acquisition. Stop bringing on board dish employees.

    Cons

    They are still DISH. Management does not trust their direct reports. Strong atmosphere of distrust. Senior management treats employees like they are children. Senior management needs to retire. Very old school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to work from home in bad weather for starters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees are overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at EchoStar

    Pros

    Lots of cool technology, opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are below average, in some cases significantly. Top level management treat employees very poorly. Mid level management tries harder but is only allowed to do so much. Micro management is out of control at all levels. Highly skilled and professional employees aren't trusted to do their job or make judgement calls. Projects are dictated from above without utilizing the skills of the employees to determine if a project is viable or reasonable time frames to achieve them. Employees are told that they should be grateful to be overworked and underpaid, as it's some kind of special privilage to work for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop expecting employees to work for below average pay and be happy about it. Listen to them and let them do their jobs. Stop micro managing and start rewarding the many excellent employees with the things that matter, like reasonable pay and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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