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Updated January 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Great culture, flexible schedules, great work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Relatively good benefits, with flexible work arrangements allowed (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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "DigitalGlobe"

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

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Great products that really saved lives at times

    Cons

    Never really figured out commercial product roadmaps or commercial growth


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High Level Info"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    The industry and subject matter (satellite imagery) is always interesting.

    Cons

    The work, like most places, can become repetitive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to the ideas of the people that work for you. They are in the trenches.

  3. "Imagery Support Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Really cool industry and interesting customers

    Cons

    Communication really needs to be improved


  4. Helpful (1)

    "All about the top"

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

    Pros

    Nice building and decent co-workers

    Cons

    Constant change in strategy causes a lack of loyalty and causes a lack of direction

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Once great, now ..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of really smart people. Some of them are still there.

    Cons

    Management has no clue who are the contributors and who are the drones.
    Buying GeoEye was a catastrophe, but the people who made the decision to do it got off scot-free. Many of the best people left - a number were bought out because the financials post-merger were bad, others left because the environment became toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who your non-governmental customers are and should be.


  6. "Business Development Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and technology

    Cons

    Transparency of leadership decision making and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Plan a longterm strategy and compensate when goals are reached


  7. Helpful (1)

    "former intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DigitalGlobe (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, nice building

    Cons

    not many other young people

    Advice to Management

    na

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced, Different Every Day"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, Authority to make decisions, People are awesome

    Cons

    Upper management does not make decisions quickly


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Work/Life Balance Monotonous, Uneven Payscale"

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

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

    Pros

    Digitalglobe has great benefits and work/life balance compared to most companies. Very generous vacation package, freedom to create your own schedule, and many free lunches, dinners, and happy hours (depending on department).

    Cons

    If your in production you will do the same boring, monotonous work over and over again. You will NOT be doing remote sensing or analysis of any kind. The software and tools are propitiatory and are not good enough to get the amount of work done that's needed. You will have an average of 1-2 hour long meetings per day making it difficult to get anything done. Nearly all these meetings could've been summed up in an email!

    One hand doesn't know what the other's doing. You will constantly told to drop everything you are doing in order to get this "very important" project done immediately. Then the next day you'll be told to stand down after you wasted all that time working on it.

    Many people are hungry to move up the ladder, and will do anything to do so. They will push their work on you, and take credit for it, or stab you in the back when it's wrong. Unless you play the "game" you will not get promoted. There is a lot of nepotism as well. There's many examples of individuals coming in with no experience that get management or lead positions that are friends with people of power. Pay is also uneven. You'll have one Production Coordinator with 5 years experience making 46,000/yr and another with 1 year experience making 50,000/yr.

    The CEO and VP's are practically worthless as well. They know nothing about the business, and are a bunch Ivy League politician types in suits talking about "Change" and "Purpose, Vision, and Values". They are constantly reorganizing and cutting working staff and going "Lean". But, for some reason they're always hiring new VP's that make upwards of half million dollars per year that do who knows what.

    Advice to Management

    Help us get better software and tools to get large scale production done. Stop hiring your friends. Fight for an even pay scale. Stop with the unnecessary meetings!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Unless you can't find other work, don't go there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating work and some really great people.

    Cons

    People are treated as commodities, not real live human beings. If you manage to pull off a miracle everyone loves you but getting to that point is more than difficult. Too many projects have to start as "skunk works" because management isn't willing to take the risks that actually supporting a project would involve. And when they do, it becomes bloated and over complicated way too fast - it is the worst development environment I've ever seen. Too many managers and directors are more interested in empire building than in finding the best way to get things done. It can become depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in so many "outside experts" and consultants and start trusting the people who actually understand the business. DG is NOT Amazon and what works there can never work in a world that requires the precision necessary to maintain spacecraft in orbit.


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