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Updated July 14, 2017
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
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Pros
  • Work life balance, people, decent pay (in 26 reviews)

  • Satellite company, relaxed work environment (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not really care for the smaller employees (in 21 reviews)

  • Little bit better health benefits (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "World Class Co."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the work was done in house which provided for both software and hardware development.
    It was great to be a part of such a very talented group of proffessionals

    Cons

    Sales stuck in the past.
    Inability to figure out how to sell a great product on the internet or direct to consumers, which is much different than pushing product to a sister company.
    Decision to close the Atlanta office seemed to be a rivalry driven, hidden agenda based decision.

    Advice to Management

    Certainly a difficult time there with many key decisions in the works. In spite of the "business decision" at the time the Atalanta office was getting the job done. Hope you all continue to prosper as I am not, and the decisions made going forward are better than the one to close Atlanta.


  2. "Not Exactly State of the Art"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very skilled workforce. Watch TV at work.

    Cons

    Leadership isn't very good. None of their technology is groundbreaking or state of the art. Very clear that management is more important than people who do the work that makes the profit.

    Advice to Management

    Quit fighting with other teams in the same division. Very feudal.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Don't trust them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    EchoStar was a good place to work. Flexible hours, casual dress code, and decent pay. Not great benefits, but they could be worse.

    Cons

    If you accept a job with EchoStar, make it temporary! Keep looking! After almost a decade of subscriber loss at Dish we knew there was a possibility that there would be layoffs but we assumed they'd give us a decent severance. The laugh was on us. We got 2 months advance notice (minimum required by Georgia law), career transition training, and a kick in the tail to all who had as much as 20 years with a multi-billion dollar company! Shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Don't watch the bottom line so closely that you lose sight of your target market. You've hired good people, treat them as such.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Flexibility and great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Great team of employees to work with.
    Flexible schedule between work and family
    Good opportunities for Jr. developers

    Cons

    Only one choice for medical insurance with a high deductible.
     Upper management don't care much about their senior employees.
    Multi billion company laid off a group of 100+ Engineers in Atlanta with no severance package, only provided two month notice, which is required by Georgia law.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees, they are one of your biggest assets.


  5. "Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Internship in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Hardware Internship in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can learn how the hardware group process in the company.

    Cons

    It does not have a good mentor/mentee system, and you do not have chances to choose from different projects.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Principle Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment until they finally lay you off. Good place for junior programmers to get their start, though low pay. Get your experience then get out. Pay for senior people is competitive.

    Cons

    Extremely micro-managed organization. Very unrealistic schedules. Software technology stuck in the last century. Management can be abusive at times. No severance if they lay you off.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Good componey to start career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are just out of collage good company to get started as you will be given responsibility pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Once you start going higher up leave for greener pasture. Also compony is not loyal to employees who are there for long term. Satellite business is dying so don't spend too much time.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your long time employees with some dignity. CEO is richest in the world list what is the point cannot space some money for employees. Also management have no vision for future.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual dress, somewhat geeky creative culture, at least in earlier times in Atlanta. vI had a lot of respect for many of my engineering colleagues. I had an opportunity to take on a number of interesting roles and overall, my time there was good.

    Cons

    Atlanta location's culture (inherited from a start-up which EchoStar acquired) became more stifled as it came under pressure to fit in with the EchoStar corporate culture.

    Initially, there was cooperation between different EchoStar locations. With time, there developed more of a compartmentalization and a feeling like the different centers were competing with each other rather than working towards a common goal.

    Other reviewers have done a good job of capturing some of the problems. I will add the following: projects always had official schedules that were unrealistic and nobody honestly believed them. Nothing unusual about that – its been the case everywhere I’ve worked. But it seemed to be more of a problem at this company and it had more demonstrable impact on outcomes. Management insisted on making decisions based on the unrealistic schedules even when another choice would improve the real achieved schedule. In other words, choices were made for short-term benefit in an effort to appear to honor a schedule which had no credibility. This often resulted in actual additional schedule slips and quality problems.

    There were other serious concerns that I don't feel at liberty to discuss, not even in an anonymous forum.

    Atlanta Engineering has been closed, although there is an attempt to do a spin-off to take advantage of the assets and technology.

    Advice to Management

    Decisions based on bad forecasts will have bad results.


  9. Helpful (30)

    "Atlanta office mis-managed out of existence"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Salary was competitive
    2) Flexible arrival times to avoid traffic
    3) Some talented coworkers

    Cons

    1) No telecommute
    2) Only a single, high deductible health insurance option
    3) Terrible management

    In 2011, Echostar brought in several former Cisco employees. One of them took over the product engineering. At first the changes were good (shorter development cycle, less costly products). Later, this manager decided that the future was not in the bread-and-butter projects but in Home Automation and Security. Very late to market, with a very bad software design. Due to limited resources and schedules, the software was a mish-mash of embedded code and Web app interfaces, with user-interface flow being designed by graphic artists, not software engineers.

    This product was heavily pushed for CES in 2013, leading to very long work hours. Development was also driven by non-stop demos for management. These were so often that all work tilted towards getting the demos done which led to a lot of code that should have been thrown out but there was no time to do it right with the next demo a week after the last one.

    This product grew and grew until every single engineer (hardware and software) had been pulled into it. From there the schedule slipped and slipped and slipped until management was forced to release it in March 2016. After millions spent in development, and less than 100 units sold, the main office shut down the entire office and lay everyone off (the first and only time there was a layoff at that site).

    Along the way, most people were forced to work VERY long days, weekends and even holidays. It was the worst experience many ever had there.

    One bad decision after another led to the destruction of a good place to work

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie about the schedule just to get people to sign off on a project
    Don't scream and intimidate the employees who are working hard
    Don't run a project based on demos every week or two
    Don't work everyone to death for over 2 years and then wonder why no one is happy and people start leaving
    When someone takes a new job, don't call the company that person is going to and try to threaten them unless they rescind the job offer
    Don't cover up a missed schedule by running off to another company to integrate with (NEST) to generate even more work for the employees


  10. Helpful (7)

    "No vision or direction, a Dinosaur waiting to either go extinct or get acquired"

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a 9 to 5 job and want a good work/life balance.

    Not much else. Some of the main products are still feature packed and have good work .

    Cons

    Mismanaged, no vision , too much top down control. Features and timelines get micromanaged by the executives. Engineers and managers opinions are sidetracked. Company is risk averse and not ready to step out of its comfort zone.

    Used to be a good place to start out for new grads but wouldn't recommend it anymore since the future is not certain, at least for the Technology division. Other parts of the company like ESS and Hughes seem to be doing ok.

    Their Atlanta division was mismanaged out of existence. Infighting and ego clashes between executives lead to about 140 people getting laid off and one of the major new products being cut off. Product was developed without hiring any experts from the areas which we were entering, and when things went wrong the engineers where blamed.

    Benefits are bare minimum as is the pay. Vacation is ok, nothing great. With a money minded CEO, who is more interested in cost cutting than looking at employees as an asset , do not see any growth going forward , would recommend to look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people. Be ready to take risks and explore new markets. Let the engineers and engineering managers do their jobs. Make timelines realistic ,don't rush development just to get a buggy product into the market.


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