DigitalGlobe
2.7 of 5 51 reviews
www.digitalglobe.com Longmont, CO 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 28, 2014

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DigitalGlobe President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr

Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Tarr

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lots of change so make sure you are okay with that!

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DigitalGlobe

ProsSome 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.

ConsThe 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.

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

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGlobal 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.

ConsInsular 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 Senior ManagementTo grow the insight business...think like a business analytics company and execute like a start-up.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Herndon, VA (US)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorkplace, Senior Management, Flexibility, Compensation,

ConsCommute, Communication, Uncertainty, Feedback, Decision Making

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is key, Provide feedback on a more consistent basis

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great opportunities but chaotic environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO (US)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Competitive Salary (especially compared to cost of living and the range of options on safe places to live, great schools)
-Great benefits
-Plenty of PTO (if you can find the time to use it)
-Relaxed dress (jeans and flip flops are standard fare)
-Phenomenal location (beautiful mountain view, lots of road biking/hiking/skiing coworkers)
-Supervisor/Coaching training: upper management finally instituted coaching training for all supervisors and the positive change for teams is already apparent.

Cons-Dangerously dynamic environment: with the merger, new technology becoming available, and new systems ALL THE TIME, sometimes I just don't know what to expect when I come to work in the morning... you have to be a roll-with-the-punches type of person to work at DG.
-Still getting comfortable with shift workers: if you are signing up for shift work, be aware that the company is still trying to find a good balance between its regular workers and shift workers (who now amount to nearly 1/3 of the company), there are a few wrinkles to iron out.
-Certain departments are a hot mess due to flaky leadership (IT, IS, etc) while other departments seem to really provide an amazing place to work (SatOps, MCC, Production, etc)... choose wisely.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop feeding employees all information all the time. It is up to management to filter out what is important to remember and what the employee needs to know for their job. With a constantly changing environment, it grows frustrating, and impossible to remember what is happening vs what is not (especially when you are not one of the people making these decisions).

And stop promoting people based on technical excellence only - managers should have major people skills and be able to coach/lead, not just boss around and throw fits. There are quite a few unprofessional managers in certain departments.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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excellent Opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe

ProsIntelligent people
Room for professional growth
Yearly incentives
Untapped potential for company products
New technology development
Potential for company growth

ConsCurrent lack of commercial ventures
Current unbalanced income between government and commercial sources
Lack of employee profit sharing plan
Company match with 401k not one to one

Advice to Senior ManagementDo your best to retain top talent

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO (US)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe

ProsThe company is financially very successful, so job security is great. Since they do some work essentially as a defense contractor, they do not outsource jobs, which is obviously another boon for job security. Some (but not all) of the groups use leading edge technologies, which makes the technical work more interesting and valuable on the resume.

ConsI haven't seen much promotion from within, despite the huge list of open positions. There is also some disfunction between groups that should be working closely together, but prefer (for whatever reason) to work in their own silo.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has done a good job of hiring capable people, we should extend the value of that hiring practice by doing a better job of promoting from within.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very good company

Senior Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at DigitalGlobe

ProsInteresting stuff, nice people, not so much politics
Very advanced technology (satellites)

ConsLuck of information sharing,
Small industry represents lower potential when moving on.

Advice to Senior ManagementDelegate tasks and responsibility
Provide feedback
Expand markets by adding value to the product and into the supply chain

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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