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Updated February 16, 2017
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EchoStar President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Dugan
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance in most departments (in 22 reviews)

  • Good people, good learning opportunities and laid back environment (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management don't care much about their senior employees (in 22 reviews)

  • Health benefits don't really stand up to most companies, but then again are less expensive (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in American Fork, UT

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

    Pros

    They are a decent company to work for

    Cons

    They don't seem to care that Utah has lots of places that are willing to pay more money than them.

    Advice to Management

    Consider putting more money into your Utah employees. It is a competitive market right now, you have lost people because your pay and benefits are less competitive.


  2. "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.


  3. "good co-workers, okay management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Great Co-workers, Flexibility, Interesting work

    Cons

    always in fire-fighting mode, poor planning


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    "Interesting, but look elsewhere for competitive benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in American Fork, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The work can often be interesting as the product is cutting-edge.
    - Work schedule is generally flexible.
    - People might have heard of the product you work on.
    - Good funding from corporate means you don't have to scrimp at every turn (except on paper products).
    - Subsidized snacks & drinks (25c each).

    Cons

    - Benefits are well below par for this industry & region. (Annual bonus won't cover a meal for two.)
    - Expect occasional after-hours calls for production issues.
    - Interactions with multiple 3rd parties can be frustrating.
    - Management is reactionary.
    - Processes only get in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Match local industry-standard benefits or you'll keep losing staff unnecessarily.
    Stop adding more useless management & processes that only stifle progress.


  6. "EchoStar has lost it's way"

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    Former Employee - Management in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Management in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discounts are a plus

    Cons

    Employees are not treated with respect

    Advice to Management

    Return to your roots and start caring about the employees that make significant sacrifices to ensure company success.


  7. "Transition the organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Always working on new technologies. The work is challenging and they are in a continual shift in thinking on how to build technology efficiently

    Cons

    Benefits are adjusting each year, but probably not fast enough with the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Look to reinvent themselves on how they build software as most of the company is old school with how they approach building software as it can cause slowness to market


  8. "Good work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Very good work life balance
    Good opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Average benefit
    The annual increase is very low


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I'd pass on this one"

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    Current Employee - Technicnan
    Current Employee - Technicnan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most coworkers eager to help one another get the job done.

    Cons

    Awful upper management. Company seems to lack direction. Promotion system provides little incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Dugan and any of his relatives that he has working for the company.


  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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Unable to adapt to market change"

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

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

    Pros

    Engineering workers are a fun and productive team, there is room to move up and across in the organization, there is generally a lot of freedom in completing designs as long as guidelines and deadlines are met.

    Cons

    Company is nearly impossible to change the way anything is done, market decline in television seems to only relate to a decline of work. General designs are more a less a facelift with very little actual design work and can become very tedious. Upper management has a lack of connection to the employees, we see how to adapt and can try to suggest a better and more cost effective move, but are mostly ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the engineers, ask our opinions about new project development before spending half a year on a pointless project that never makes it to market, over and over again.



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