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EchoStar Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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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. "Good place to work...horrible benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The greatest people in the industry work here.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible. Employees pay more for benefits than the company. Deductible is ridiculous and the out of pocket is even worse.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Don't trust them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. 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.


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  5. "Starting Over"

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

    Pros

    EchoStar's core business is diverse, since it plays in the satellite, rocket, embedded software, mobile app, international and domestic, video realms. After a false start into the home automation arena, it is reinventing itself seeking new business lines.

    Cons

    It has been difficult to get management to consider change. Most executives have been here for 20+ years, and know one way to conduct business, from the top down. It will take time to turn this ship around.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and get to know your employees and invest in a retreat to revisit your mission.


  6. "Great Pay Management unprofessional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in El Paso, TX

    Pros

    The pay is by commission therefore the amount of money you make is up to your sales. But the commission per sale is very well paid.

    Cons

    Poor management, mandatory over time, and stressful environment.


  7. "Tough place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Never a dull moment. Plenty of things to do within the Information Technology world. Plenty of projects in the works.

    Cons

    Shifting priorities and difficult senior leadership landscape. Lack of overall strategic plan makes it hard to understand the direction everything is headed.

    Advice to Management

    Put together a strategic plan. Work with all groups to understand roadmaps and needs of the engineering groups. It is not all about the satellites.


  8. "Test Automation Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and relatively low expectations from management

    Cons

    Old fashioned processes, rapidly becoming irrelevant in the market, good ole boy upper management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, smart people for the most part.
    A great place to gain knowledge that you should take to your next job.
    The paycheck cleared the bank every two weeks.

    Cons

    A more poorly run company you will not find. A company run by engineers playing business executives. Made money when the market was so good that a rock as the CEO could have made money. Now, just a bunch of lost balls in high weeds. BTW, the rock is still in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Do not pass go, just resign.


  10. "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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Principle Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.



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