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DigitalGlobe Reviews

Updated 27 July, 2014
Updated 27 July, 2014
65 Reviews

3.2
65 Reviews
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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance was highly promoted by all levels of management (in 4 reviews)

  • I like the people I actually work with, they are nice, courteous and overall good people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management does not rely on employee experience to accomplish tasks (in 4 reviews)

  • Launching satellites creates a specific culture of thoroughness and rigor rather than around 'failing fast' and iterations (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential, but the company needs to grow up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Longmont, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Longmont, CO (US)

    Pros

    Small company allows people to get to know each other, and employees at the lower levels really have each other's back. Some of the teams have employees who've been with the company almost from the beginning and are great resources about the industry, etc.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has had so much turnover. Seems like HR leaders don't last more than a couple of years which doesn't seem like a good indication of the long-term future for the culture of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the entrenched, long-time execs...maybe you're part of the problem?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with great potential but they're not there yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Progressive company in terms of a good benefits package, competitive salary, flex time, and even free bagels and cream cheese one morning a week. They were also nice people.

    Cons

    DG was in the process of integrating two newly acquired companies during the time I worked there. This caused some understandable delays in getting on line time sheets function, and some lag in the ability to sign up for benefits.
    The company's core competence in imagery does not easily extend to other areas of analysis. They are trying to grow despite this. One way to compensate was to do whatever the customer wanted uncritically. One had the feel of being "hired help" rather than being a respected consultant.
    Because the leadership is intelligent and committed the company will likely get past these growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's refreshing and unusual to find a company that believes that the "customer is always right". Many companies have become so large through mergers that they dominate the marketplace and take their customers for granted. The downside is that they fail to engage their customers when they make bad policy judgements. The company will probably develop more confidence as it integrates the new acquisitions and the firm matures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A sleeping giant...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - High integrity, smart/good people in senior management focused on the bigger picture.
    - Good work/life balance.
    - Industry leader with a lot of potential to position themselves well for the changes/demand ahead.

    Cons

    - While the newer members of the senior management team are intelligent and have high integrity, there are a lot of middle managers (especially people there longer than 5 years) who fear change and are highly risk averse, which is a major impediment to the needed meaningful change.

    - Very good people work at DigitalGlobe, but often they're insulated from the "real world" and too soft from government (or quasi government) business handed to them in what is a quickly vanishing monopoly.

    - Lack of focus. The government business is critical of course, but it can be frustrating to be constantly relegated in the commercial segment (the only area of true growth potential).

    - Marketing and product are very weak and have a long way to go. The capabilities are there, but that alone doesn't compensate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold. Take some risks. Let the commercial business stand on it's own to the extent that it can so it doesn't languish as is has. Build a real marketing strategy with real product development, not big happy thoughts that don't get executed. Hire subject matter experts in the verticals you wish to pursue in the information services space. Don't wait for the new entrants to each your lunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting job scope

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to interact with customers from all over the world

    Cons

    Company is always pressured to meet quarter financial goals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Values driven company with a strong sense of purpose

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Longmont, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Operations in Longmont, CO (US)

    Pros

    The Company has a strong set of Purpose, Vision, and Values and makes sure that Employees are aware of the positive impact the imagery and services we provide help people to save lives and make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Very fast pace. The Company has gone through a lot of change in the last year, but is making an effort to address cultural issues that impact employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investments in developing employees and in providing career opportunities and stretch assignments for high performers. Keep focused on the top priorities and getting flawless on execution of those strategies. React quickly to changing market conditions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging and dynamic work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO (US)

    Pros

    Interesting, smart, hardworking people; good pay/benefits; challenging and dynamic work

    Cons

    Management sometimes sends mixed messages; lots of longtime employees, so you have to work hard to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lots of change so make sure you are okay with that!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Growth, new products and services, benefits, smart people, CEO lives the purpose vision and values.

    Cons

    Can get tiring at times, too much to do at times as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build something well or fix it once with an eye to the future. Build consistent, repeatable systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some very intelligent people that were committed to doing quality work. I learned a lot from working at DG - lots of great people doing very cool things.

    Cons

    The culture was very uncertain. People always seem worried as to how long they will have their job. I know many people that are still there that are looking for other jobs.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineering review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    Pros

    Decent pay, good work life balance, good control with agile over what deliverables you are committed to delivering

    Cons

    If you are outside the headquarters, it is difficult to get interesting work. Too much production support is also expected of its developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your developers aren't content to do support and deployment work with little interesting development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic growth while the company moved from private venture, through IPO, and into major merger.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Global enterprise that touches a variety of markets and sectors. Opportunities to partner with market leaders. Significant contributor to growing repository of commercial remote sensing data.

    Cons

    Insular at times. Engineering-centric culture with little tolerance for risk and stumbling to execute on innovation goals beyond the space segment. A company with an aerospace mindset grappling to transition into a scalable and sustainable analytics firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To grow the insight business...think like a business analytics company and execute like a start-up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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