DISH Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
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DISH Director, President and CEO Joseph Clayton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good for these parts, especially if you stick with it for a few years (in 80 reviews)

  • Good work life balance: people in our office arrive around 10am and leave by 7pm (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Management uses strong arm tactics while telling you about work/life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Upper management don't keep to their word, will Lie thru their teeth in your face (in 110 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Manager in Hilliard, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Site Manager in Hilliard, OH (US)

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    99% of the people I have had the privilege to work within the past 7 years are some of the most honest, hard-working, caring, and humorous I've ever met. Dish gives us the opportunity to make this a career and not just a job. From Agents to Managers there are opportunities to travel, give personal feedback for improvements, and participate in changes. On every salary level this is a fast paced and tough job with challenges daily. Top performers are rewarded monetarily and/or through career opportunities. The Hilliard CSC is consistently ranked the top site in Dish and it's because of the hard work and dedication of its employees.

    Cons

    To the 1% of the current and past employees who hide behind an anonymous website to criticize, spread rumors, and blatantly lie....from Teddy Roosevelt's speech commonly called 'The Man in the Arena' I will say this to you: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." So to those who are not in the ‘arena’ with the rest of us to make Dish, Hilliard, and this team better; I 'm really not interested in your criticism. Come talk to me face to face - you know where my office is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our culture is ever changing and improving. We need to keep focus on the positive, recognize those who do well and those who try their hardest. Continue to improve the site from the suggestions we get from our employees. There will always be the ‘naysayers’ but those are the minority. Keep your heads high and keep working hard to make this a great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place to work, could be worse

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    Current Employee - Dr Dish in Hilliard, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Dr Dish in Hilliard, OH (US)

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, my team gets me through the days, the free TV, there always seems to be something for free. sick time. Paid time off

    Cons

    Shift bids, the customers (but that's really any customer service job right?), starting pay could be more, but in reality it could be worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to improve, seen a lot of improvements over the past few years! Keep trying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is a great place to work, for people willing to put in actual work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dish is a company that is fast paced and hard charging. It has an EXCELLENT track record of identifying hard working employees and rewards them. I have been with Dish for almost 3 years, and in the time I have been here we have undergone massive cultural shifts. Dish is identifying opportunities for improvement and working diligently to improve the employee experience. Dish is a company that is good for people looking for a career and not afraid to work their tail off, do that and you are rewarded. I have a family and so long as I focus on work, while at work I have plenty of free time to spend with my family because I don't have to worry about taking the job home with me. I receive timely and quality feedback, I am paid a fair wage and I get to be part of an organization that mirrors my values.

    Cons

    The company can be abrasive at times, but ultimately this is something I LOVE about the company. If you can't handle the honest truth about your performance at work then you don't need to work here. You are held accountable for results and if you don't deliver then yes the company takes action against you, this doesn't seem to sit well with a lot of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make improvements and effect change for employees as you have done over the last 2 years. This is a good company that embraces good values such as a strong work ethic. Don't ever lose sight of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity Knocks if you play the game

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Leadership in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to prove yourself, leadership training, travel, the frontline people

    Cons

    Benefits (it is better to not have insurance), Culture (back stabbing cut throat), No clear direction in the company. Be thankful Joe Clayton is there because Charlie. would not provide leadership training, wages or personality. The company might have been gone by now. Just when you think you can trust someone you really cant trust them at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cliques, Inconsistencies, get the "you know what’s" to stand up to some of those in upper management who have no clue what really is happening. Please quit putting so much confidence in an inept HR Team. Quit looking at yourself as detectives on Law and Order who uses strong arm (illegal?) tactics to get information and make decisions based on rumor compared to fact.

    Senior Management and above is a bigger joke. At some point realize that by catering to one person in the company EVP &COO will hurt the company in the long run. Everyone knows it but is afraid to say it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DISH

    Pros

    Independent work and positive attitude

    Cons

    Long hours and drive times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, hard work but good compensation.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist I
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist I

    I have been working at DISH full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    So far the experience has been a positive one. Managers are always helpful and on hand to help if the need arises. You get to meet new and interesting people everyday and you get to work outside. People love TV which means 90% of the time they are very happy to see you. The starting pay is good and there is usually an opportunity for overtime. There are a lot reward systems in place for techs that are quick and do quality work. Over all it is a good company to work for as far the installer side of it is concerned.

    Cons

    You are required to sell a decent amount of stuff, the market is saturated so dish has to make money elsewhere, not apposed to this but the quotas per office can be high. Some of the ways in the matrix system are backwards, in other words basically you have no control yet you get a negative point on your matrix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see more stuff to sell because as stated before I'm not apposed to selling. The items we sell are good quality but the limited selection of items make it hard to hit quotas. Android tablets are pretty cheap these days, would be cool to see a tablet to sell maybe with some custom software on their like control of the hopper system ( remote, access to live TV on the tablet in the home,easy access to bill view and maybe something to report problems) just some ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have mixed feeling with this company. The constant policy changes and the work load expected from techs is ridiculous.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist I in Minot, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist I in Minot, ND (US)

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    3 day weekends
    Overtime is never an issue
    Pay in my area is good. $23/hr in ND.
    Take my own 4x4 company provided truck home
    Rarely see a manager's face
    Do jobs my own way.

    Cons

    Schedule is never consistent. My manager would change my schedule every 3 months to meet demands. And occasioanaly work 5 days which burn you out quick.

    Dispatch runs the show and your routing instead of managers

    Pushed to make sales on overpriced items every single day

    Health Benefits is complete garbage. $5000 deductable

    Impossible to get promoted with the new metric system based completely out of luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make health insurance more affordable

    Stop changing the schedule so much

    Stop shoving sale goals down our throats

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)

    I worked at DISH full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working here was the coworkers and the satellite programming benefit (all the normal channels and premiums like HBO, Cinemax and Showtime) for free.

    Cons

    Management doesn't always follow through on the promises they make. They adopted a high deductible healthcare benefit before it was the standard. You can still run into Friends of Charlie that get special considerations. Posted for two different positions that just disappeared.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    “Education doesn’t always make you smarter…..case in point.”

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in El Paso, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in El Paso, TX (US)

    I have been working at DISH full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to work with honest, humble, hard working people who show you on a day to day basis that you can be successful regardless of the level of education you have. Their unpretentious work ethic and efforts would make an excellent case study for someone’s Doctorate (Not Doctrine….big difference here). The thesis would be tentatively titled, “America was built by the working class…not the self proclaimed Elite.”

    Cons

    It’s sad that we have people (a couple really) coming into the company that consider themselves immediately superior to everyone else due to their self proclaimed common sense, logic, reasoning, analytical skills and most importantly their vaunted education. What makes it sadder is the fact that they position themselves above others that have been in the company in some cases for 8+ years. And the logic for their forgone conclusion is based on three talking points:
    1.) These tenured employees obviously lack of education.
    2.) These tenured employees obviously lack the qualifications for their jobs because they don’t have a Doctorate (not Doctrine as indicated earlier, but of course you know that, since you are educated more than everyone else. If by any chance you don’t know the difference, I suggest using a layman’s dictionary which us common folk use.)
    3.) And lastly their erroneous supposition that those tenured employees have only progressed within the company due to the fact that they know someone in management or HR or because they benefit from extra privileges. God forbid these tenured employees have grown and advanced within the company because of their hard work, efforts, continued support and pride in what they do….can you imagine the horror if this were true…..gasps?
    In most work places, you have tenured employees in areas of leadership, such as leads, supervisors and managers. And that is because they know the processes, they know the people, they know the product and because they’ve shown they have the right capacity and desire to lead where indicated. And yes, that means that at times, you will have those leaders evaluating the work of new employees both hourly and salaried. Logic normally dictates that a tenured employee will review and provide feedback to newer employees….is that concept too foreign to you But apparently, a recently hired individual feels he is being demeaned because they are being reviewed by someone who doesn’t have any common sense, logic , reasoning and analytical skills. And apparently they lack those skills because they don’t have that darned Doctorate (not Doctrine…just want to make sure we are clear on that concept.) I can only imagine the angst you must feel to receive feedback from someone that is beneath your station….oh the horror!!! But in all honestly, I don’t remember where in the book of life it states you can only gain those skills by having a degree or doctorate….because in all honesty most of those associates you so condescendingly look down on have more commons sense, logic, analytical skills and most importantly humility in their pinky finger than what you possess in your entire person.
    This in no way is directed to all those other people that have had the opportunity to advance their education. In fact, Dish commends and encourage all those that can take advantage of furthering their education and the company provides an excellent tuition reimbursement program that assists those that endeavor to follow that path. And fortunately, we have many highly educated associates that have joined the company and assisted us in our overall growth and success. But the glaring difference with them is that they never thought of themselves superior to others. They never came in expecting to be treated as royalty; they came in with the right mind set, humility and work ethic and they have aided in our success here in El Paso.
    Unfortunately, these other individuals find fault in uneducated associates because they don’t make any efforts to further their education. It’s amazing how a supposedly educated individual can’t comprehend that not everyone has the circumstances that allow them to pursue that endeavor. And it’s not because they are lazy, or have “simple minds” or because they feel that Dish “owes” them for their 8+ year commitment as implied by them. You should be thankful that you didn’t have any obstacles in pursuing your education without any major issues or interruptions; you’re either very lucky or just plain spoiled. You shouldn’t mock others because their circumstances don’t allow them to mimic you. Nor should you mock others who have taken longer to complete their “2 year degree” within a two year time frame. How conceited and petty you must be to not realize that most of those people have families, children, and extended families to care for along with other responsibilities that have played a part in completing their degrees. The importance here is they are in the process of completing their degree or that they complete that degree regardless of the time it took them, something that your “educated mind” clearly cannot comprehend. The people are not “blockers of real talent” as you put it. They are real people who have worked from the ground up and have persevered and not given up in attending to their work, their school and their other responsibilities. The only “blockage” here seems to be the apparent lack of oxygen and common sense going to your head and the excess amount of “inflated ego” that does seems to be flowing to your head.
    Charlie Ergen is a highly successful entrepreneur and business man who is intelligent, savvy but most importantly, humble and grounded by the roots of who he is. He founded this amazing company with his wife and Jim De Franco by selling dishes “door to door”. He poured his soul, sweat, blood and time into this company and made it what it is by recognizing and appreciating all those workers who toiled with him in the trenches. He has always led by example and never has he elevated himself over others because of his education or accomplishments. He credits his company’s success on those blue collared workers, who despite of a lack of an education or Doctorate, have grown, succeeded and moved up because of their humble and honest efforts. And the company will continue to grow because of the efforts of those who lead by example and efforts and not because of those who feel they are entitled to lead because of their elevated education or degree. This company will continue to grow because we have honest, humble workers, who lead by example and are not guided by narcissism, a diluted sense of entitlement and a strong inferiority complex as exhibited by others such as you.
    If you want to continue to elevate yourself over others because your Napoleonic complex go ahead but keep your condescending views to yourself. Endeavor to lead by example and not by entitlement. Put in the hours to show that you are capable of building up a sweat; don’t make a capital case because you have to work 45 hours….really 45 hours and you have a meltdown? I guess you don’t want to work 45 hours because it may cause undue stress or over exertion and we wouldn’t want that since it might degrade your common sense, logic and analytical skills. If you truly value you education, then use it wisely and with a humble heart, don’t use it to elevate yourself over others, degrading those who don’t have your level of education. Manifest the positive side of it, not the side that will ostracize you amongst those you supposedly want to lead.
     If you do not change your ways, you will continue to put yourself on an ivory pedestal, thinking you are above all else. The sad truth is that eventually you are going to realize that the pedestal you have elevated yourself on so loftily is really not so high; in fact you will realize that it is as high as the thickness of the paper that your vaunted degree and doctorate are printed on. In the meantime, us other non “Edumacated” and “Edumacated” associates will continue endeavor to lead in making the El Paso facility successful and to continue in assisting all efforts to improve on all fronts in which improvements can be made. We are here for the people, not for our own self entitlement or recognition. Rest assured that whatever we may lack in your eyes, we more than make up for it in heart, body and mind. And that trumps any glossy paper you have hanging on your wall.
    On a side note: In the future, you may want to put more thought on your movie subject references. In the movie “Gremlins”, Gizmo was identified as a “Mogwai” which is the translation of a Cantonese word that means “monster”, “evil spirit”, “devil” or “demon.” With that said, I’d rather be a “Gremlin”, why? I would rather be an imaginary creature who creates mischief because bad habits, practices or behaviors can be eliminated as one learns, grows and matures. So in other words, we can change and have changed for the better. In your case, I really don’t see much hope with you, Gizmo……. 

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are truly genuine hard working people here at Dish; both tenured employees and newer ones that come in with the right mentality. Both groups endeavor to use all of their acquired skills and education for the continued growth of this company. No matter the criticism that a few disgruntled employees put forth, rest assured that the rest of the 99% of us will continue to work earnestly in our jobs, motivated by the continuing changes the company has put forth for the overall improvement of the company. We are here for the long haul and will continue to do so as long as the company continues to make improvements where possible and as long as they continue to show a genuine interest in our overall well being and future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DISH

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the business and the overall complexity of it

    Cons

    Could be boring at times as work load was not enough for an 8 hour a day work week

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