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Updated March 19, 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 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. "Overall good company given the location(Cheyenne)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding work experience opportunities
    Understanding Management (for my department anyway)
    Lots of departments make good for interim transfers in a broad range of IT related fields
    Full benefits while full time
    Lots of discounts through the company from electronics to vehicles

    Cons

    Pay not very competitive for Cheyenne location
    There will be some drama just like every where else in the world
    Lots of confusion during the hiring process with job titles

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive with salaries, this will make more individuals stay for the duration of their career.
    Get the hiring process down. My job title is different than what I applied for but I needed the job so I could not afford to fight it and risk losing the opportunity.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Looks good from afar, but far from good."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EchoStar provides a good opportunity to show up to work each day, and take home a paycheck every couple weeks. Every now and then you may have the opportunity to work on an interesting project, but for the most part the work is the same, day after day.

    Cons

    Management is a good ole boy network, and because of that, there isn't any room for growth. Benefits have gotten to be way too expensive. The premiums have stayed roughly the same, but the deductible keeps going up.

    Advice to Management

    Read these reviews. If you want to make positive changes, the advice is in the complaints.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The focus is on a 40 hr work week - no more, no less. This means that there is a rare opportunity to actually have work-life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits are sub-standard for a aerospace company. A single, high-deductible plan is the only offering with the company paying less per month than the employee. I have never before seen a plan where rates are nickel-an-dime'd down to the child, eg. employee + spouse + child1 + child2.

    Education benefits exist on paper, but the company does not promote a continuous education environment. Certifications are not supported unless your local department can afford to pay for it as "training" (which does not happen), and a second degree (aka career change) is not allowed.

    I saw a previous Glassdoor comment and couldn't agree more - "The corporate culture is driven from the very top down to be extremely frugal at the expense of making smart decisions. The company is afraid to stray too far from its core of satellite technology."

    I would take that a step further and say that there is a fear with moving outside of their current customer, let alone current technology. Middle-management is too busy with internal fiefdom building and infighting to allow the company to be dynamic and agile enough for new business. Maintaining the status-quo is a higher priority than setting up for the future.

    Advice to Management

    If evolving with the times is truly a company desire, then it has to start at the top. Executives must be engaged with lower levels of management to #1) lead and #2) ensure that management is following. Stating a desire and then never following up on it is not a solution; leadership occurs at 10,000 ft, not 40,000 ft. The department-level stovepiping and fiefdom's that were allowed to develop when the organization was small are now preventing flexibility and hurting adaptability. To fix things, it is going to take a willingness to invest in new capabilities & processes and to replace people who refuse to evolve with the times.

    Rule-of-thumb suggestion to Executives - Rather than complaining that you are tired of answering the same questions at the quarterly all-hands meeting, the better course of action may be to ask yourself 'Why does this question keep coming back?' What is the message behind the question...


  4. "Great place, corporate sucks."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Satellite Technician II in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Satellite Technician II in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent insurance, great work environment, great management at the department level.

    Cons

    Too much corporate pressure, don't seem to want to invest youth.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A great stepping stone to better places"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    * Great work-life balance in most departments

    * Managers are fiercely protective of their people

    * Excellent learning experiences give the motivated employee a way to broaden their knowledge at a company that's unique in their sector

    Cons

    * Shockingly unprofessional management culture, top to bottom, including shouting and profanity on conference calls to clients and vendors

    * Stack ranked performance reviews

    * Antiquated, almost government-like "C.Y.A." culture that mires simple tasks in hours of pointless tedium

    * Weak pay and benefits

    * Entirely arbitrary and illogical titles and opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing mind and political games, start listening to the people that actually work on the products day in and out. Your people want you to succeed!


  6. "Innovation, passion, and fun"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    This company is driven by innovation and is a great place for an Engineer to build a lasting career. The teams are fun to work with, and people enjoy their jobs.

    My favorite aspect is the relatively small feel of the organization, compared to the actual size. They are big and stable, yet have been able to hold onto some of the simple aspects that make startups so fun to work for.

    Cons

    There are some aspects of the organization that haven't quite adopted industry standards. In a way that is why they have been so successful as reducing bureaucracy though, so it is worth the hassle.

    Additionally, this is not the place to work if you plan on warming a seat, Echostar wants staff that jump in with both feet, work hard, and push the company to greater success.

    Health benefits don't really stand up to most companies, but then again are less expensive. If you put the balance in your HSA (as they recommend) it levels out, but if you take planning upon yourself you can shoot yourself in the foot.


  7. "A foot in the revolving door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Operations Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Broadcast Operations Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office work that is not physically demanding. Some of the most dedicated people I've had the pleasure to call co-workers.
    Benefits are adequate. Time off accrues, even for hourly employees.
    The company is rock solid, and never had rounds of layoffs during the recession.

    Cons

    For every dedicated, involved, and competent employee there are 2-3 that are not. Career advancement is unlikely. Openings in Mid to Upper Management positions are filled from outside the company, creating stagnation at the lower levels. The work culture is largely based on picking apart every personnel error. High turnover in non-specialized support departments.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear and reasonable about your expectations. Create pathways for advancement and stick to them. The culture created by publicizing every error is more toxic than the benefits gained from that policy. Be more selective about who you hire. Raise salary levels enough to entice competent workers to join the team. Create a situation where you can choose from the best and brightest, rather than simply hiring some warm bodies and occasionally finding a good employee.

  8. "Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Company to work for.

    Cons

    The total different culture from Denver-Corporate to Cheyenne-Operational - two different views of how the work should get done. It would be nice if there was a better meeting of the minds in order to sink processes and be more effective.


  9. "Good people!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    EchoStar is a great company. Good people to work with and very skilled at their jobs.

    Cons

    Wages are low compared to Colorado

    Advice to Management

    Needs more attention to people and their efforts.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Salaries"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EchoStar full-time

    Pros

    Not stuck doing one job all the time.

    Cons

    Don't get paid for the many job tasks you really do.
    Management

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn how to compensate their employees for the actual tasks they do instead of viewing it as a "process". If you do the job now, you should get paid now, not in the future.


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