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SES Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
19 Reviews
3.6
19 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at SES full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team oriented, goal oriented, good salary, start with 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Most is not all decisions are based upon the European headquarters model of how to do things. This was a GE company at one time. Things like telecommuting that were a great benefit for worklife balance were taken away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should revisit work life balance for your staff

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

    Great "Work" Life Balance. No growth opportunities. Zero. Nada

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at SES full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is the heaven if you have passion to take things lightly and quiet. Some of the perks are unique and probably now unheard of any other company (at least in the US). Great 401k match, OK health insurance, relatively high job stability, airline travel on business class and 5 weeks of vacation (yes, you read right, five weeks). Workload is light as it gravitates towards the ones who deliver, so 50% of people are taking it very calmly. Pay is OK too. Some very cool people to work with.
    Overall is a very quiet place to work if you have low expectations, no desire to grow and are settled for a quiet life to pay your mortgage waiting for retirement. Industry is damn stable and this company has margins above 70% with loads of cash to spare. Environment is OK, in DC office there is a collegiate ambient while in Princeton office is a bit less friendly but still OK. Luxemburg and the Hague are totally different stories.

    Cons

    Well, first things first. Absolutely zero growth chances. This company looks like a state owned (it is sort of) with an over staffing of 30-40%. People look for things to do to pretend they are busy, no career opportunities and if they are so - limited - they are filled in Luxemburg: a place in the countryside around farms and cow waste smell. There are tons of people that you do not know what they do and have been there forever, lots layers of management and no flat organization: low level analysts do not you dare to contact VPs, you will totally ignored. Blue blood only melts with blue blood. If you want career progress, work on exciting stuff, looks elsewhere.
    Second, company is damn white male oriented. Not many females - and almost nobody at an important position - and very little share of minorities. Recently, lots of pressure for latinos to relocate to Latin America based on the country they were born (you get the idea ;)).
    HR is a joke. you will laugh or cry with the annual reviews. The system to reward people (bonuses) has a socialist touch trying to spread it across everybody (in America you usually reward out performers and fire under performers). So forget about doing the extra mile to earn more, it is not going to happen. Workforce is also kind of old, company is not attracting young folks. I have to say though, there are some very nice people around so it is not 100% bad.
    This company is also very very but very political. If managers have nothing to do, they engage in other activities such as conspiracy. The company works like a monarchy, with the CEO deciding on everything and the rest of VPs and managers working to please him. No intelligence needed. Everybody agrees with him. So people invest their time in intrigues in the kingdom. Some ethical issues - love affairs, over spending, etc - are also apparent with HR doing nothing.
    Last, I think the business is due for a hit. Most of the revenues and profits come from selling DTH capacity to Germany/France/UK. We are all seeing changes with OTT services, Internet and demographic changes. When that happens, the party here will be over and margins will take a nosedive. Company is slow to make changes, the same incumbent mentality you see everywhere companies enjoy fat profits so to be fair this is just another case of corporate blindness. This is sad, because you see all that wealth and money not properly investment in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay based on performance. Fire under performers (in Europe too), get rid of some old guard high level VPs and EC members, bring new blood and ideas. Take a fresh look at the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very pleasant working environment for employees; good pay and benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at SES full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very employee friendly atmosphere. In general, employees are intelligent, friendly and easy to work with. Management in the U.S. cares about employees.

    Cons

    Working in the U.S. is sometimes a challenge as many of the decisions are being made in Europe. However, you can make a difference if you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more chances

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tremendous growth opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Natioanl Sales Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Natioanl Sales Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at SES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Earnings potential is fantastic for 2014

    Cons

    A lot of travel for short periods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue as you are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Good place to work

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

    I have been working at SES full-time

    Pros

    Pretty Good place to work

    Cons

    Ethical issues, no career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SES full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good compensation & benefits, nice & smart work environment

    Cons

    At times very political and slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, good people, weak management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at SES full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, great benefits, smart workforce, in general a nice place to work. Vacation policy is very generous. Work/life balance is good even though employees are prohibited from working from home.

    Cons

    Upper management communication is pitiful, CEO manages by consensus, common sense doesn't typically prevail. If you're ambitious, this isn't the place for you. Higher level jobs are filled in Luxembourg.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage. Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    SES

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SES full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There isn't a lot of drama there and everyone is a professional

    Cons

    The owners are not willing to let power/projects out of their hands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    deligate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worked for this company going on 2 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Satellite Communication Engineer in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - Satellite Communication Engineer in Fort Bragg, NC

    I have been working at SES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company has benefits that are out of this world and you are vested from day one. This is by far the best company that I have worked for.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Springfield, IL

    I worked at SES

    Pros

    Good Company to work here . Good benefits. No politics

    Cons

    Small company. Not much to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees

    Approves of CEO

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