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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:28 AM

Dish Network, the Meanest Company In America.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dish-network-meanest-company-america-194008712.html?page=1

Still, the volume of miserable tales about Dish is impressive; 346 former or current employees had taken the time to write not-so-nice things about the company. On a scale of 1 to 5, they ranked their company an average of 2.2, beating Dillard’s (DDS) and RadioShack (RSH) for the spot at the bottom.

The most common complaints were long hours, lack of paid holidays, and way too much mandatory overtime. Some posts suggest that merely setting foot in Dish’s headquarters is a danger to the soul. “Quit” was the recommendation to one Dish employee who sought management advice. “You’re part of a poisonous environment … go find a job where you can use your talents for good rather than evil.” The roundup noted one other thing: The share price was up more than 30 percent for most of the year.

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Ergen founded Dish more than 30 years ago, installing satellite systems with partner Jim DeFranco. Dish is now the second-largest satellite TV provider in the U.S., with 26,000 employees. Ergen, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has an estimated net worth of $11 billion. That puts him among the world’s richest men and makes him one of America’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories. He’s also a living rebuke to a library of management textbooks that suggest fostering happy, self-actualized employees in a transparent environment of trust and communal effort is the path to wealth.

Judianne Atencio left Dish not long after. As head of communications for a decade, she had witnessed some of the company’s biggest triumphs, including the successful launch of its satellites and the signing of its 10 millionth subscriber. She had also been around for some of its most crushing defeats, such as Murdoch’s last-minute cancellation of a planned merger and the federal government’s denial of another with competitor DirecTV.

“I didn’t have a life for 10 years,” she says. “I couldn’t even have a dog.” There were times when Ergen screamed so loud at Atencio that she packed up her stuff and had to be persuaded in the parking lot to return to work by an apologetic board member. A friend who had worked in the White House even tried to comfort her by saying, “Charlie’s like Clinton—he only screams at the ones he cares about.”


Charlie Ergen is not the solution. "Charlie Ergen" is the problem.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:36 AM

1. I don't see how any company could sink to a lower level than Bank of America

 

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:42 AM

2. It's making more sense why Dish signed up Glenn Beck's Blaze Network. They must be bagger

robber barons by the way they crap all over their employees. I believe I will stick with DirecTV, thank you very much.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:07 AM

4. In 2008, Ergen held a fund raiser for Hillary and ended up supporting McCain.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Just more tales of the corporate country club where they use worker heads as the golf balls. Ruin a nation to please the royalty, and you can't revolt against multiple scattered rulers each with personal armies. Great plan.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:51 AM

3. I love DirectTV over Dish. When you have a problem you can call any time night or day. There

 

is always someone there to help you. Dish is very unfriendly. I had it in my mobile home my son lives in. I had to have it for at least a yr. After that I cut it off. Never again. They kept on bugging me. Finally after the 4th call to take them back I told them to stop calling me I'm not interested and I will never again go with them. They finally left me alone.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:29 AM

5. Wow - affirmation of our recent decision.

I had to make a choice between Dish and Directv (just got satellite after 20 yrs. with no TV. Still debating if getting it all was a good idea! ). I got a better feeling from Directv in the initial interactions, inquiry calls. They treated me with more respect, more intelligence, better service. I had read that Murdoch was behind Dish.

Phew! Sorry for those suffering in any case. I've worked in soul-killing jobs; it's awful!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:35 AM

6. Keep an eye out for Intel's new service. Limited launch in March.

 

Up to 200 channels available a la cart.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:47 PM

12. about murdoch

actually, murdoch was behind direct tv for many years, but is no longer. that's why i initially got dish (over direct tv). i've had dish for over 10 years now, but am feeling very negative about them now with their constant price gouging and I'm seriously considering a change to direct tv.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:52 AM

7. Internet killed the satellite star - remake of song

Netflix, Redbox, Hulu and digital over the air tv is good enough for us (poor) regular people. Dish and Direct tv = obsolete

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:43 PM

8. Baloney. n/t

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:07 PM

9. Please make mine with mustard and peppers. n/t

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:11 PM

10. Live in a rural area -

have only satellite internet (as well as TV!). So, limited bandwidth. Can't watch TV shows online. Only short clips.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:39 PM

11. Dropping satellite and cable television made my world a much better place.

There are hundreds of excellent movies I haven't yet seen on DVD, and thousands of free or very reasonably priced books on the internet or in used book stores. (In our city the stores that sold new books are gone. The book sections at Target, WalMart, supermarkets, or pharmacy chains are limited.)

When I travel I'll sometimes turn on the hotel television, flip through a few channels, and think "Nope, I don't want this." I go weeks and weeks without seeing a single television commercial.

At best our home internet connection does 320X240 video without pausing so we don't get television that way either. We do receive the major networks over the air. Maybe once or twice a month our kids or guests will watch a sports event, but that's it.

I'd like to see a national high speed internet similar to our public streets and highway system, free for use by anyone. High capacity wireless service would be available wherever there's a public road or trail. All these scummy communication companies would be partly nationalized, and partly transformed into simple vendors, contractors, or content providers. We could take a bite out of our overstuffed defense budget to accomplish it.

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Response to hunter (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:23 PM

13. Great ideas!

So far, we haven't found much to watch. Flabbergasted at the coarseness and stupidity of Discover and History channels; naively had higher expectations. Our Seahawks are in the playoffs, so that's fun, but I miss watching the game at the neighbor's house!

Loved Jon Stewart last night (of course), but his is one we saved internet bandwidth for...esp. when the monologue (do they still call it that?) is good. I do like MSNBC's political programming - but we get it all on Sirius radio!

Tried Downton Abbey on Sunday, but, like Nashville, which we had also heard good things about, it was just a dressed-up soap opera. Probably didn't give either one much of a chance, but it was enough for us! So, at most an hour or less a day seems to be more than enough. Funny, because I was mostly afraid of TV stealing our time!

We have a pile of really great books to read. The TV is in the daylight basement (where the dogs and cats live), while the rest of our "living quarters" (kitchen, living rm., bedroom) are upstairs. This is good for keeping TV from creeping into every aspect of our lives.

So far the biggest winners are the house pets: the enjoy having us over to their place for an hour every evening!

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