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Updated March 14, 2017
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance despite the sometimes high work load (in 18 reviews)

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

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

  • Work life balance doesn't exist for many roles (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "No career growth at Digitalglobe, no raises, poor management, inexperienced employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is nice at DG, great benefits, and the office building has perks like a little gym, yoga room, Gibs bagels, and free fountain drink. In most departments the job is flexible with the option to work from home and set your own hours.

    Cons

    If you are looking into getting a job here, please read all of these reviews because everyone I have read is 100% true.

    No Career Growth: I have held the same position for almost 5 years, I constantly am asking for a promotion or ways to receive one. The answer remains "we are working with HR to get more career growth within our department" - this has been the same answer for years!

    Regardless of how great you are, your review will always be average. My review score was the same as my coworkers who is constantly late for work, sick, or making mistakes. If you are a hard worker and like being appreciated for what you do, stay away from this place.

    If you are any smart, more than likely your boss will find you to be a threat (because most of the managers are uneducated) and will find something wrong with you. Managers are notorious for taking credit for their employees work.

    Unprofessional Environment: I have heard of so many people filing sexual harassment cases to HR. The work environment is too casual, people cross the lines constantly. There is a lot of crying, gossip, and yelling in this work place.

    Unfair Treatment: Some workers are allowed to work from home, while another person with the same job title is not. In addition, the salary is way off. My coworker has no experience or degree and makes about $35k more a year then I do! I have 11 years experience in this field and a relevant degree.

    No Raises or Bonuses: Because everyone is lumped into average rating, forget a raise. Bonuses tend to be $1k-$5k a piece. With major cutbacks with a new CEO I doubt anyone will get a raise over the next few years.

    Unless you have a strong passion for this industry and all you want to do for the rest of your life is play with satellites then go for it. If you just want a job in management, HR, etc., I would not get a job here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when you ask for feedback.

    More attention needs to be given to the Operations staff, there is a lot to fix there.

    Send Management to management courses.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "what promise, only if it was all true"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -salary
    -benefits
    -coworkers
    -bagels
    -imagery is cool to look at

    Cons

    -Internal development is a mess. There is no sense of beginning and end to project lifespan. Management is no position to be proactive and the overall development process is at best adequate for handling of defects only. New development is a patched together and any architect that has come into the company has left. The management team is disconnected from the program management and the chaos and reliability of systems shows. Overall the internal issues with the systems are ignored and everything that is addressed is done so with a band-aid.
    -resources and talent is underused and unfortunately the story you are told on the way in is nothing like the reality of the situation. This is a classic bait and switch opportunity and it truly isn't fair to anyone entering the company.
    -real career stopper. No real chance to be promoted or opportunity to learn new technology. The few that do get the opportunity have done so through undesirable means. Overall a career stopper. Contractors are treated better than full time employees.
    -bonus program is not as promised. Forget about what you are told by HR, look to get any promise in writing.Otherwise come bonus time you will be very disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    -Quit the firefighting, understand that firefighting is a result of terrible management and processes.
    -Growing the company is only making things worse. The company is not scalable as is and any more growth at this time will break the only employees that matter.
    -Extremely disgruntled work force across the board. No survey is going to help this workforce, in-action in the past does nothing to build confidence that the leaders know what they are doing. Overall the leadership is viewed as disconnected and not concerned or able to solve the problems.
    -quit the bait and switch hire people to do a job and don't change it on them, if you hire them for a development position don't tell them they have to provide on-call support.
    -Hire true architects to solve problems don't just convert spaghetti programmers into architects. That doesn't solve the issues.
    -Lastly hold managers accountable for their failures. Look at your planning and implementation record. Things may in the end work but throwing all hands on deck to get something done is a terrible approach and also it just breeds additional issues.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Too top heavy, upper management does not value employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that are at the "bottom" are great to work with. The jobs are fun and interesting and new skills are always available since they change so much.

    Cons

    This company doesn't value the employee. If you speak up you will get fired and opinions are not appreciated. There are more directors and executives than I've ever seen in a company before. They promote "yes men" and have them do all the dirty work.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and appreciate what you have before all your employees quit.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Dysfunctional Chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non-management employees, and those that are not brainwashed into "Seeing a better world" mission are a pleasure to work with. Tuesday bagels and doughnuts are a plus.

    Cons

    I did not choose to work for DigitalGlobe, but rather was absorbed as part of their "combination" with the former GeoEye. While I'm flattered that they chose to keep me, I am disheartened by the level of chaos and overall dysfunctional ways of management. The company has an overly layered management structure and redundant departments that essentially "fight" to take away work from other departments. Management decisions pertaining to technology are short-sighted with unrealistic deadlines, which essentially gives employees anxiety only to later find out that 1) the deadline has been postponed or 2) another department has taken-over the work. This vicious cycle repeats-and-repeats until employees leave or get fired. This is not a sustainable way of operating, and will ultimately get worse before it gets better. Sure, the stock price keeps going-up, but sooner or later the company will have to deliver on their promises which requires happy employees that are very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO once said in an all-hands meeting that "each question is a gift." Is it truly a gift if the employee that asks the question is walked-out the door a few days later? What about when employees are told that their jobs are "safe", but a week later a group of HR business partners fly-in to a remote office and hand-out pink slips? Is this what "integrity" and "respect" is all about?


  6. Helpful (18)

    "Disgrace to the industry! Avoid at all costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good benefits (4 wks PTO, numerous federal holidays, investment options, stock, paternity and maternity leave)
    Nice perks
    Interesting technology
    Good use of skills
    Teams look out for their own
    Folks at lower levels usually have good intentions but exceptions are glaring and go untreated

    Cons

    Too many factions vying for too little new work (highly political w/in locations, between areas of business focus, and between locations)
    Top heavy organization that favors those in HQ over remote locations to extremes (good stuff grabbed at HQ before any announcements go out, remote folk fight over scraps)
    Engineers on feature teams have long been disconnected from customers
    Too many mgmt layer proxies for customer results in "left hand doesn't know what right is doing" snits
    Conflicting direction and blame wars due to missed requirements and conversations, different heads with different needs trying to push their views
    Comm customers given lower priority in favor of chasing shiny gov't bauble. Most new features for govies only.
    Culture of "minimum to make money" rather than pursuing things to logical conclusion (fully-fleshed out features), so often shoving stuff to backlog to be forgotten or worked by people with no experience in that area far down road.
    Promise to deliver things, then get entangled with dependencies within and without so stuff not delivered or delivering not what customer wanted
    Information largely silo-ed and tends to stay that way for job security
    Incremental improvements in process and knowledge sharing has taken years longer than should, still incomplete
    Cult of Customer, yet "duty to shareholders" more important when under pressure
    Stocks fall- blame marketing and sales even though market for high end product is saturated
    Stocks rise- take all the credit, given token award, continue to ignore "little people" who made it possible (give execs pay bump, tiny raises for everyone else)
    Purpose, Vision, Values very nice, but not really implemented outside L2 level beyond giving token amts to a few charities
    Environment not collegial at all, graveyard silence over hordes of empty cubes due massive layoffs after merger
    Stated policy (no joke)- only VPs and up get offices, all else get a cube or bullpen seat
    Mixed signals: Scads of cash in contracts but still "belt tightening", hiring frozen but contract-to-hires brought in at same time, selling floor space but building new HQ at snail's pace.
    Company sets your yearly goals for you as they have to align to business goals, so individualized achievement and development largely go ignored
    Heavy reliance on a handful of foreign contractors for core code (inverted pyramid)
    "There must be an open source solution for what we need" rather than building own tools, with no governance of toolset (many science projects and personal tools floating around with little documentation)
    Hiring from without for internal vacancies higher up food chain (no consideration of internal promotion)

    Pervasive fear of speaking up/honest as it is political and career suicide (think Soviet Russia)

    I wrote this about 4 months ago, though their latest actions speak volumes. Morning before the earnings call, an email from the CEO goes out saying "tough decisions" are needed and to maintain 50% margins cost cutting, blah blah blah, reading between the lines its a massive layoff. DG laid off 100 employees and 55 contractors (20% of the staff) between the three locations in Colorado, California, and Virginia. California and Virginia were hit hardest. Staff were paraded into 10 min meetings with HR throughout the day before the call to be layoff before the earnings call. Each got severance, a pink slip, and one hour to clear off the premises. Some were even pulled off during a call with NGA, our primary government customer, to be laid off. All the prattle about respect and values is a load of hooey. A shock to everyone, particularly the callousness. No senior mgmt were present, instead a hatchet man was hired special for the job, someone no one had met. The lucky ones have two weeks or until the end of the month, the rest were shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    You reap what you sow. I will celebrate when your company implodes.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No regrets"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DG does amazing work, cool technology, smart people

    Cons

    No work-life balance, constant reorganization and change, no time to establish strong teams or processes to be efficient or effective

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your good people. Be realistic about what can be accomplished!


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Chaos, looking to leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly fun people to work with, good benefits, cool technology, challenging work, and satellites! Who doesn't think satellites are cool?

    Cons

    - too many layers of management
    - lack of direction and focus
    - undefined roles and responsibilities
    - oppressive ineffective bureaucratic change process, in fact several change processes making nearly impossible to make and implement simple changes
    - Defense Department contractor, and all the bureaucracy, red tap, and security requirement that goes along with that.
    - AT LEAST 50 logins/passwords to remember (anyone ever heard of SINGLE SIGN ON?)
    - weird culture, especially between the two Colorado locations
    - constant threat of layoffs
    - low pay
    - opportunities for advancement are non-existant
    - pay scales for various positions aren't published internally
    - HR "Business Partners" are out of touch. Been here 3 years and haven't had a single conversation with mine.
    - Constant change. Change is good when it makes you better, not so here. I had 4 bosses in less than 6 months.
    - SAFe: poor implementation of Agile
    - Thoughts, input, ideas are not appreciated
    - very little respect
    - RAMPANT distrust of management

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and see it through. Eliminate about half of the VPs; and about half of the layers. Get to know the people. Remember that when you make decisions like building the Westminster office that's (directly or indirectly) led to two layoffs of about 180 people, that YOU are responsible for those people no longer being able to support themselves/their families. That should weigh HEAVY on you when making those decisions.


  9. Helpful (19)

    "Worst experience in my 20+ years of working professionally"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New building. Convenient location. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    This is the junior high version of a corporate culture where resources are provided to the pretty boys and very little to critical processes internally. Management is very poor and there are open conflicts between departments. The culture is broken at this company and the leadership is more concerned about which color of Porsche to pick out than fixing problems that they can't see because of their own myopia.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in outside blood. This place is stale with outdated practices and requires the corporate version of an enema.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Dysfunctional Mess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work with intelligent people and interesting customers throughout the world
    - Your friends and other people you meet will think you have an awesome job
    - Experience looks good on your resume
    - Decent severance package when you get laid off

    Cons

    - Toxic company culture: it feels like a bunch of competing tribes who constantly battle one another rather than a collaborative team environment where everyone is focused on the same goal.
    - Constant layoffs and reorgs: you're almost always in one, recovering from one, or hearing rumors about the next one.
    - Regular shifts in strategic direction that ultimately lead to the same poor results.

    Advice to Management

    - The fact that the people on the executive team still have jobs is amazing to me. Execs always talk about how "our results matter", and we need to "provide shareholder value", but the stock price is still hovering near its historical low.
    - Instead of congratulating yourself for being the 25th best place to work in Denver (that's not very good when you think about it), fix your broken company culture. You're not going to change the business if you can't attract and keep top talent. Quit patting yourselves on the back, get out and talk to real people, and you'll see how bad the situation really is.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Soul crushing & bad career move"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, good benefits, nice building?

    Cons

    Here is an organization that truly wants you to build perfection out of thin air. You cannot build something with no tools and ENDLESS MEETINGS to talk about getting things done but no time to do it. All teams seem demoralized. The upper eschelon does what they want, when they want and how they want but do not DARE think that you have flexibility. They get extreme salaries and bonuses while taking the measly 10% bonus from the worker bees. It was like walking in into boxing ring every day. Management calls many meetings to do their song and dance for the minions and then sends out BS surveys and do nothing with the feedback. HR are as bad as management, some of the least relatable people in the company as they pretend to care. There is no trust in leaders or employee advocates. If they do not like your issue, calls and emails are not returned. If you can keep your mouth shut for mediocre pay and good benefits, you can ride it out if you are not laid off. The stress wears on everyone and causes unprofessional behavior and poor treatment of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together like the 25 year old company that you are.
    I left without having another job. One of your top executives left very fast. Think about that for awhile because a lot of people have similar feelings. People worry about their job security daily. A lot of those people are looking for other jobs whether they put it on your survey or not.



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