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"Not really geared towards product development."

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

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

Pros

I work with some very good, friendly, and competent people.
The atmosphere is a bit laid-back in the right ways.
At least at the 'micro' level of management, there's a level of recognition for hard work.

Cons

It's really just a place to work.
They tend to pie-in-the-sky estimate software delivery schedules, expect weekends, and then the raises don't measure-up to the increased revenue figures in the quarterly statements.
No real solid route of advancement.

Advice to Management

The most I hear about upper management's concerns, are simple software bugs. There's no real vision of the future outside of acquiring and partnering with other companies.

Other Employee Reviews for EchoStar

  1. "Great job to learn more about your field, but a poor place to have your career."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to many different types of equipment and system configurations. Opportunities to lead RF projects. Employees are generally good people to work with. Will get a lot of hands-on experience on all related RF systems. Will have the opportunity to work with networking, servers, and remote monitoring and control systems engineering.

    Cons

    Benefits are overall bad and minimal. The 401k is not great either. Standards of operations are lacking for the ESO department. Training is minimal and unorganized. Communication is terrible within the department and between departments. Management refuses to enforce the standards they create and has led to rogue employees and intermediate supervisors. A mountain of paperwork and review process is required before any maintenance can occur. Opportunity for advancement is very minimal. In-fighting between supervisors is performed in the presence of employees on a regular basis. Documentation of systems and projects are often lacking. Change shifts far too often. Office politics are always at work. Generally disgruntled employees and supervisors. Overall, not a good place to have a career. Pay is well below the field average.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors should be chosen based off more than technical knowledge alone. Create standards and enforce them to provide some structure and less demoralization. Institute a better training program to increase overall proficiency. Supervisors need more oversight. Work to keep good talent from fleeing on a regular basis. If your going to pay employees substandard than at least get them good benefits they can afford as an offset.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Hard Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EchoStar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned more in a year here than I would in 3 years at another company since the pace was so fast, the job requirements so intense, and the hours so long.

    Cons

    The culture is one of micro-management from the top down. At the corporate office we had to badge in and out--not just to maintain safety and security, but so that a "badge report" could be sent to the CEO listing anyone who came in or left outside of the company's "core hours" between 9 and 4. It didn't matter if the employee is a senior-level engineer who spent all night on a satellite--he would be on the bad list.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Concentrate on your people, not the money. Listen to the input of your people!

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