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EchoStar Englewood Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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Englewood, CO

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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
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Pros
  • Work life balance, people, decent pay (in 24 reviews)

  • Decent insurance, great work environment, great management at the department level (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not really care for the smaller employees (in 22 reviews)

  • Little bit better health benefits (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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).


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Now belongs to DISH network"

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be a decent place to work, if you could avoid getting stabbed in the back by upper management.

    Cons

    Managed by a befuddled dinosaur that failed to adapt to modern software development methodologies. They failed to create any sort of products that would generate customers. Duggan ran this company into the ground but somehow still gets to collect fat paychecks while the workers pay for his blunders.

    Advice to Management

    Duggan needs to resign effective immediately.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "engineer"

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

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great spectrum of work and diverse work force.

    Cons

    Limited vision and direction from top management.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Architect in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very accommodating management, looking for new ideas and new ways to do things.
    Rumors of rigid workplace is not true but still depends on your manager.

    Cons

    Politics between the acquired company Hughes and EchoStar, still signs of turf battle.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate more modern work styles as per industry and be more agile.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "I Needed a Job"

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    Former Employee - IT Staff in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - IT Staff in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unemployment is slightly less stressful than working at Echostar, particularly if you are a person who actually like to accomplish things, but Echostar does pay better.

    Cons

    The pace is glacial. Tasks from simple to complex require herculean effort and the patience of a saint to see to final implementation if that even happens at all.

    The procurement process is outdated, inefficient, and slow. In fact, you may never receive the goods or services you desperately needed. Expect to fund a lot of projects out of your own pocket.

    Effective communication does not exist. Groups are organized into silos that are unable to convey a message to one another.

    The company is unable to attract or retain good talent. Most employees if asked "what brought you to Echostar?" will answer "I needed a job." Not "Echostar is everything I asked for in a career move" or "It's a great place to work."

    What passes for excellence at Echostar is mediocre everywhere else.

    Echostar encourages its employees to submit ideas to be patented. A successful patent results in an attaboy, a day off, and perhaps some cash. The company uses the patent portfolio to pad its already overvalued bulk. Most of the patents, if challenged, would not pass the Obvious Test.

    Management is entirely incompetent. (Is there a stronger word than "incompetent?")

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for Echostar's managers. They are too obtuse to accept or understand good advice, anyway.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you are Indian, they do not want you"

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

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    If you are Indian or a visa holder, they may want you, if only to underpay & overwork you

    Cons

    If you are not a visa holder, they will find excuses to get rid of you

    Advice to Management

    You're not really saving money by hiring inferior tech workers


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