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Updated November 13, 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)

  • Best work environment and best company to work for (in 20 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. "EchoStar Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar as an intern

    Pros

    It was a wonderful experience. It granted me exposure to a wide range of tools and skills for a young software developer. The atmosphere was serious, but relaxed. I was afforded the ability to work at my own pace. My mentors provided me with guidance and supervision that allowed me to contribute to my team.

    Cons

    I have nothing terrible to say about this company. My time their was limited so I did not see more of the downsides of working there.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to isolate teams less. Have them work with each other more often. Give interns more opportunities to interact with various members of the EchoStar company.


  2. "It was alright"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Englewood, CO
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Major company, management reasonable, frequent intern activities

    Cons

    Typical unfulfilling intern work is bulk of work I did

  3. "Great entry customer service"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Thornton, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training is good, fun work environment, potlucks, bonuses and full-time work.

    Cons

    No set schedule, your schedule can change every three months.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Low salary standards"

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful teammates, work may be irrelevant to market but it is interesting

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to literally any company in the surrounding area

    Advice to Management

    Look at what the current salaries are in the market. Also don't hold immigrants hostage in promise of filing their green card.


  5. "Engineering Intern"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Centennial, CO
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, who are comfortable in what they do work here. There is a generally welcoming, friendly, and helpful environment.

    Cons

    There is a lack of overall innovation and exploration. Many teams have found a comfortable way of doing things and have no interest in changing.

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire more contractors and recent graduates, many practices are out dates and inefficient, as are many employees.


  6. "Software Engineer III"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great HR. The HR is the best compared to all the outside companies i have worked for. Sponsor citizenship if needed.
    Innovation days , Summer splash , Halloween party and christmas party are great.

    Cons

    Upper management does not really care for the smaller employees.
    Test engineer with good degree are treated as trash

    Little bit better health benefits.
    More cash bonuses would be good for employees who have worked really hard.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise employees on a timely manner


  7. "Management needs to change"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some freedom in schedule and good amount of test equipment.

    Cons

    Management will not change with the times, only hear criticisms from upper management no praise for good work, company drive itself into the ground and had to layoff good workers and merge with Dish to stay alive. Just really poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Leave, if you won't change, the company will keep losing money.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Politics at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My manager and team were great. I was able to learn able new skills, and assist them throughout our greater team.

    Cons

    Unfortunately we were part of the group that was part of the group that was sold as part of a merger event.

    Company communication is lacking. The installed messenger that is used throughout the company is Microsoft office communicator. The logging and chat history is turned off by the IT administrators. This makes it difficult in case the message that you need to refer to was in a window you accidentally closed.

    Software releases are deployed without regard for support staff being available after it was released.

    Projects and talent was treated with a lack of proper respect. Several key employees that are critical for team success left the company due to not listening to employee suggestions.

    As far as team IT infrastructure we were several years behind the curve from other companies I have worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. The top (beyond director level) does not seem to listen to their employees. (even on several exit interviews, I have heard the response of "we know") are hiring talented people to support your mission. Allow them to help you achieve that mission.)

    Hire project managers that know how to work with technical projects.

    Be willing to spend money on the right things. (Spending money on an external project to replace an existing internal project for a

    Do not develop code on production. (Apparently this comes as a surprise to several of the developers I have run into).

    There was an adversarial relationship between teams especially the testing group and the engineering group (because the VPs in charge don't like each other).

    Improve your IT infrastructure (your internal/external network connectivity drops packets like it's nobody's business).


  9. "Better than a lot of places."

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, people, decent pay.

    Cons

    Organizational. Some people had a lot to do, some none. And managers always seemed pretty oblivious to that. A lot of no integrity employees were able do do very little real work.

    Advice to Management

    Organize.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "EchoStar has opportunities for you"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Interesting and challenging work, advancement opportunities, new technology always being investigated

    Cons

    Not proactive about deadlines, product stability can be hard to achieve in firefighting mode,

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote proactive schedules and planning exercises.


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