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Updated September 18, 2017
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
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Pros
  • Great culture, flexible schedules, great work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • good people, fairly open communication (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • No one was safe regardless of good performance (in 7 reviews)

  • It is a very hostile work environment at times, coming both from the customer and management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Recommended - Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1) You get to work with extremely talented, creative, bright people. 2) It's exciting to do work that matters. You are not just making money; you are actually helping people. 3) In my current organization, I am given great flexibility to make really meaningful contributions. This was not always the case under my past managers, though, so it varies across the company. 4) My current management has been very flexible with work/life balance (note that this varies depending on specific leaders; this was not always a positive for me but it is now). 5) Competitive salary.

    Cons

    In my opinion, the cons are similar to any company I've worked at. 1) If you are fortunate enough to work for a good leader (I have been for the most part), you will love it. Not all leaders are good in any company, and DigitalGlobe is no exception. 2) You many not always agree with the overall company direction and decisions made by the highest level executives. That is not unique to DG. 3) The headquarters move from Longmont to Westminster continues to be a sore spot for many employees, as many now have painfully long commutes. But new employees are not affected, since the move is nearly complete.

    Advice to Management

    To management -- 1) You are making a strong and visible effort to keep the interests of the employees in mind. This requires constant work, so please keep it up. It matters. 2) Thanks for giving most of us (where possible) flexibility in working remotely, especially given the move from Longmont to Westminster.
    3) Please keep trying to improve and simplify the annual performance review process. The perception at the working level is that it's just checking an administrative box and creating a lot of unnecessary work, when employees would prefer to spend their time on their day jobs.


  2. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good amount of time off.

    Cons

    No bonuses and always being asked to cut budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on the employees and give them bonuses so they feel like they are valued.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits, with flexible work arrangements allowed

    Cons

    Very political and bureaucratic for a young and mid sized company.
    Senior leaders were not in touch with the day to day operations
    Senior leaders tried unsuccessfully to develop a commercial model, outside of various government organizations.
    Regular culling of employees, does not help people feel safe in their jobs


  4. "Technical writing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    The company has an exciting humanitarian aspect. Many of their projects support hunger and social injustice issues.

    Cons

    The relocation to Westminster and the lack of support for telecommuting

    Advice to Management

    Allow your valuable employees to telecommute. Don't let this decision be made on a manager-by-manager basis.


  5. "Best place I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is seriously the best place I've ever worked. I think a lot of these negative reviews are from people who were let go of for a good reason and have an ax to grind. Not many people have been let go of since I started, and the ones that have have been for good reasons. Super interesting work with some of the brightest people I've ever worked with. Lots of autonomy to make decisions. I feel like my manager supports and advocates for me.

    Cons

    Not a lot of established processes in place, or people sort of choose not to follow them and nothing happens to them. Not a lot of hand holding or direction (whcih to me is a good thing), but if you need more structure this is probably not the best place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Autonomy is great, but process is simply needed sometimes.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work; decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Layoffs are frequent and routine; little to no employee development and mentoring; senior management is out of touch with employees, allowing BS artists to stay and loosing great talent who are honest and hard-working.

    Advice to Management

    It's clear that you've been clearing out excellent talent to make the balance sheet look better for your sale to MDA, leaving only a shell of the company for the new owner and leaping out with your golden parachutes. For any who remain, invest in your people, hold managers accountable, and do everything to keep and develop those employees who are routinely successful.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Fascinating work. Some teams have established and maintained a reasonable work environment and act with integrity.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this is a place where bullying is allowed to occur. The company has become focused solely on numbers and quality has suffered. I have personally seen many high performing employees forced to leave due to work politics.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise MDA management to examine these consistent complaints from employees closely. I have confidence that they can rebuild DG's reputation, but it will take work.

    DigitalGlobe Response

    Sep 8, 2017

    Our goal is to have a positive work environment. We don’t tolerate bullying. If the traditional escalation paths aren’t achieving the desired results, we do offer training to help facilitate conflict... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "don't do it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    there aren't any pros to working here.

    Cons

    poor financial decisions are made to only benefit the executives. HR will protect awful employees out of fear of lawsuits. good employees will be treated like they're nothing and the company will do absolutely nothing to help them. your bonuses will be cut and your PTO will be capped but executives will keep their bonuses and move to flex time off. you will be berated for wanting to leave the company and told that you "should be thankful" that you work for DG. they claim you get 4 weeks off a year but you can't take more than 2 off at a time and you don't get any sick days. we're underpaid to a disgusting degree despite being a part of one of the only profitable products. you want a company that cares? go anywhere else. this place will destroy your soul and they won't even pay you a decent wage. they want people with multiple masters degrees but they'll offer you $19 an hour and expect you to be grateful. if you want to grow in your capabilities, make a difference in the world, or even just make enough money to live, you can make more working at walmart and you'll be valued more.

    Advice to Management

    pay the people that do the work, not the people that sit in meetings all day and do nothing. there's such a disconnect and "us vs. them" feeling in this place BECAUSE upper management only cares about money. there's more in this world. maybe adhere to your so-called values and you'll be better off.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Proceed with Caution!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great mission, good benefits.

    Cons

    The company's commitment to it's employees is reprehensible. Many of their long term plans are short sighted and not thoroughly thought through. "Purpose Vision Values" is the company motto, but every time I hear that, I have to groan when I think of the skilled and valued employees who have been unceremoniously and undeservedly let go. "Ready, Fire, Aim" would be a much more appropriate motto, especially as it relates to new products being released, aquiring Geoeye, moving to the way too big and fancy building in Westminster. HR is also unaware or unconcerned as to what is going on within certain team/management structures. Increasingly, the primary concern has been numbers and the bottom line (which is always important in business), but unfortunately, quality and employee morale is suffering greatly. I have worked here since 2003 and these issues have always been present, but they get increasingly worse every year. Despite good benefits, salaries are out of line for the industry/region.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, especially those in the trenches and not just power hungry management who are only concerned with their own self serving agenda. The company is very top heavy with senior VPs that in many cases offer little to no value to the company.

    DigitalGlobe Response

    Sep 8, 2017

    We are committed to treating people with respect. It’s a core value at DG. The reasons behind some high-level decisions we make may not be obvious at the time. But over time, we believe the company... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not the greatest place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture for the most part, diverse workforce, good health benefits, Nextera is a game changer. Employee kudo's/reward system is unique and works pretty well. Used to pay for training, but that seems to have stopped the last few years. Your mileage may vary. You will not find a smarter and more talented group of people anywhere.

    Cons

    Compensation for some areas is WELL below industry standards. It was impossible to stay competitive while employed there. Every job offer I recieved once I began looking was for the same job, but paid 20-50k more. This is not an exaggeration. 9/80's or alternate work schedules are impossible unless you work around the system and commit timecard fraud. Don't let them trick you with FTO. HR does NOT understand alternate work schedules or care and executive level stated they don't want employees working alternate work schedules.

    It is a very hostile work environment at times, coming both from the customer and management. Numerous co-workers have had to leave early after interactions with the customer or management which left them in tears, visibly shaking in anger, or completely demotivated and demoralized. Almost zero support in nearly every instance. As an anecdote, I witnessed and reported blatant and offensive sexual discrimination by a customer which was promptly swept under the rug. I would suggest if you are a female and applying for a position here where you interface with the government, SERIOUSLY reconsider. The situation has gotten better, but it is still hostile and you will be dealing with it on your own.

    Upper management is completely inaccessible to nearly everyone.
    I was not able to trust my direct management at all. There were unstated, unclear, and constantly shifting expectations, and an unwillingness to communicate or provide feedback even when directly asked for it. Speaking up for myself, even to just to privately and professionally state my reasons for disagreeing on something simply to clear the air resulted in my management taking it as a personal attack and retaliating against me via my performance review. This was experienced by everyone on the team, and we all agreed the only solution was to simply not speak our minds or discuss anything with our manager. The work required to move to a higher level on performance evals is significant, however the reward is a .5% raise. Pair that with no bonuses and you have next to zero tangible incentives or rewards for higher levels of performance.

    On a corporate level the company is like any other company. The bottom line quarter to quarter is the main driving factor in all decisions. Nearly impossible to get anything prioritized that does not directly map to money. Makes sense in many cases, but when you are talking about infosec, you really should at least make sure you have a halfway decent posture to begin with. Instead Infosec had next to zero priority and was almost entirely reactive. The same mentality applies to several other major areas across the company. Glad they are getting bought by MDA as I am not too confident in their ability to make it much past 2020 without a crutch.

    Advice to Management

    Not my job to tell you how to manage a company. Figure it out or hire a consultant.

    DigitalGlobe Response

    Sep 8, 2017

    This is Grover Wray, CHRO. We offer DigitalGlobe employees options if they do not get resolution from their manager or leadership team in ethically ambiguous situations. One is the Whistleblower... More


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