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"Software Engineer"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
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No opinion of CEO

I worked at Sling Media full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Good middle management, cool technology, Flexible schedule, nice people. Great chance for new people to learn and grow.

Cons

Owned by Echostar, which has notoriously cheap management / policies. Will try to nickel and dime you on everything.
IT is continually overworked and understaffed.

Other Employee Reviews for Sling Media

  1. "Cool products, bad execution, worse benefits and no career growth"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No layoffs, job stability and a steady paycheck from the parent company Echostar

    Nice people and an easy going atmosphere with no pressure to deliver unless you take the onus upon yourself

    Cool gadgets and technologies that you can work on and put on your resume

    Cons

    Awful Echostar health benefits plan especially for people with families. The smarter employees jump onto their spouse's health plan if they can.

    Salaries are stagnant and very non-competitive with the rest of the bay area. No annual bonus and a few lucky people get a paltry salary increment that is barely enough to cover inflation.

    Employees are constantly leaving because of lackluster top management that seems to promote yes-men or hires from outside the company. The people who actually contribute and innovate are left with no choice but to leave this company in frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Management seriously needs to improve employee compensation to retain talent.

    Reward top performers otherwise it breeds an atmosphere of frustration and envy.


  2. "Nice people, interesting products, noncompetitive salary, terrible benefits, stubborn and tightwad parent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with
    Stress level is good, as is work-life balance
    Good work environment
    Cool products

    Cons

    Salaries are so bad that the company is losing 4-6 people per month, and can't easily replace them.
    2% "merit increases" ... for everyone ... and that's IF you outperform.
    No bonuses or stock options.
    $1,250 deductable, insulting "Consumer Choice!!" insurance plan (with 20% copay for EVERYTHING after that) is your ONLY option.
    Bad compensation is starting to affect the quality of the staff ... Sling Media is going from smart and quick-moving to slow, mediocre, "it's not my job." You get what you pay for.
    Disorganized product releases, inadequate QA.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to get Echostar leadership to understand that the compensation problem at Sling is an emergency that is killing Sling's ability to compete for good people in the Silicon Valley. And good luck with that. More effective QA.

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