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Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible, Good Team Environment, great benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance very high with lots of possibilities to blow off steam and balance your work duties with sports and nature (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Most promotions go to those located in the Luxembourg office (in 4 reviews)

  • Location - in the countryside, hard to reach by train (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Software engineer intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and supervisor
    Learn about agile environment and methodology
    ping pong table during lunch breaks

    Cons

    Work was more related to vcs and git
    Needs more coding for interns


  2. "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SES full-time

    Pros

    Well furnished offices. Good yearly bonus. Stock options in the parent company.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. High turn over. Company emphasis is on profit derived from selling bandwidth with limited consideration to providing service to their customers. This company is just a US sales department for parent SES.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring more about your reputation and less about your profit. When you've lost the former you can kiss the latter goodbye. Care more about your customers and their mission.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, Good Team Environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Small company so little room for growth opportunites, Very top heavy management


  4. "account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SES full-time

    Pros

    Great events and atmosphere at work

    Cons

    Pay and options could be better


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SES (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SES is one of the leading satelite communications company in the world with over 50 satellites in orbit. Company size is about 1400 worldwide with parent company located in Luxembourg. SES has great benefits. On-site cafeteria giving SES employee's a 10% discount. They have free lunches once a month from May to September. Free holiday lunch (St. Patricks Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas). New associates start with 3 weeks vacation maxing out at 6 weeks. No personal days because of all the vacation time, unlimited sick days, but don't abuse it. They are very health conscious, providing free fitness classes 3x a week plus on-site gym. Tuition reimbursement. Award winning Learning & Development program. Very innovative and interactive and many on-line courses to choose from to do at your own pace. There are many during the year that are provided, some mandatory.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunites for advancement. Most promotions go to those located in the Luxembourg office. In the US, it seems they promote the Washington DC office more. The Satellite Operations Center is located in Princeton so that office isn't going anywhere with such a recent significant investment. CEO is fairly new - 2-3 years. I had very little direct contact with him but I hear he has a very agressive management style, bullies subordinates. I believe he is very capable in leading the company, he just needs to show more respect to the people that make him look good.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay off exceptional, high performing employees because they happen to be "sitting in the wrong seat". Take the time to vet out the dead wood and then make it work.


  6. "sales of satellite solutions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SES full-time

    Pros

    great team to work with

    Cons

    limited personal development and career advancement


  7. "Nice place to work"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and people to work with

    Cons

    Not really anything to complain about

    Advice to Management

    Mostly all good

  8. Helpful (2)

    "sales manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    location was convenient to home

    Cons

    few opportunities for job growth


  9. "NOC Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Network Controller Technician II in Culpeper, VA
    Former Employee - Network Controller Technician II in Culpeper, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SES (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company and they take care of there people

    Cons

    I Cannot think of any cons for this company.


  10. "Interesting work, old school management"

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

    I have been working at SES full-time

    Pros

    Interesting areas of work. Smart people. Good benefits. Salary is not great but fair and you work for every bit of it.

    Cons

    Ancient management. Don't question status quo or authority. Management thinks that it always knows best in making decisions for you. Poor communications for a communications company. The world revolves around the Luxembourg facility. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexible work schedules and locations. There are other SES offices besides the one in Luxembourg.


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