DIRECTV Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
548 Reviews
3.2
548 Reviews
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DIRECTV Chairman, President, and CEO Michael D. (Mike) White
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306 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company also provides great benefits with a good vacation and time off plan (in 32 reviews)

  • Good benefits and a strong commitment to doing things the right way (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and have to work hard for a work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Starting salary and long hours seem to account for the buik of the high turnover rate for new hires (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent merit based pay scale, but at the cost of high stress.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Above average compensation for area. Excellent promotional opportunities for high performers. Yearly raise that is truly based on performance. Above average benefits package. Company definitely cares for their employees.

    Cons

    Extremely high stress environment - dealing with hostile customers and technicians, and workload was too much for each person. Regularly had to take work home with me just to stay above water. Also had to check emails constantly - at work and home - so as not get severely behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees instead of trying to get by with the bare minimum and overloading your staff to the point of burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    FANTASTIC LEARNING AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    enterprenurial and exciting, never a dull moment

    Cons

    too structured. runs risk of becoming bureaucratical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going the way it goes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced

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    Current Employee - IT Director  in  El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Director in El Segundo, CA (US)

    I have been working at DIRECTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Never get bored, never stop learning, growth opportunities

    Cons

    work life balance, not enough good people to cover the work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trim the fat and hire A players to replace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company - Needs Improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time

    Pros

    - Great company and benefits
    - Leader in their media space. The best in the business.
    - Awesome parties. (Though with budget cuts are less frequent and/or opulent.)
    - Promotes your passion and interests
    - Is open to ideas and/or communication cross-functionally
    - A lot of truly talented and genuine people that make going to work worth everyday, regardless of others bs.
    - Some managers that are true leaders and care about you and your well being.
    - Friendly environment overall with a lot of perks.

    Cons

    - Your passion gets exploited and results in overwork.
    - Not enough headcount to cover all needed work, and not always willing to increase budget to assist in help in all roles.
    - Assistants are not treated like others and are low on the totem pole in visibility, advancement, pay, and bonuses.
    - Personal feelings and politics can trump actual hardwork and knowledge.
    - People that pay political games and/or brown nose are advanced quicker and higher than those with actual ability and produce much of the work.
    - Management had little knowledge of what their teams ACTUALLY do and are blinded by the brown nosers and their own agendas and reputations.
    - Work life balance is a HUGE negative factor overall.
    - No matter how well you may do your job, you may never advance or get more than a standard raise if any, no matter how long you have been there.
    - Pay is among the mid to lowest in the industry. A lot of people leave due to a better increase, responsibility, and title in other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat ALL your employees like they are valuable.
    - Many hourly or lower valued employees work as hard or harder than salaried employees that just sit around and take credit for others work.
    - Give better bonuses and incentives to all levels of employees as ALL EMPLOYEES are necessary to running an effective, profitable, sustainable business.
    - Have better 360 programs to give a TRUE holistic view off managements leadership and effectiveness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent Company to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DIRECTV

    Pros

    People are really nice and helpful. Great benefits and very understanding management.Company has flat structure allows high visibility to senior managment.

    Cons

    None i can think off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    If you like to see results and grow then its a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at DIRECTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great career opportunities. You can work and try out different positions. Management address concerns such as life/work balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are many bureaucratic roadblocks to getting things done. However if you can navigate the bureaucracy then things move really fast so you have to be able to deliver quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove bureaucratic road blocks to get more accomplished. Become more agile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad at all

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Huntington, WV (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntington, WV (US)

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad for the job qualifications. Not a bad 401K. Good perks that include free DirecTV programming and NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB, NBA, sports packages and all premium channels. Pretty much any channel they offer, you receive for free as an employee. Employees also get expediated installation once they qualify for free programming.

    Cons

    Not easy to climb the ladder, most available moves are lateral. Sometimes schedules might be inconvenient and trading shifts can possibly be an issue depending on your manager/team leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the 90 day no miss policy. Make sure management has true leadership skills. Although this is a CSR position, there is a lot of upselling products, channels, packages, ect, commissions would be an added welcome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My Directv experience

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    Former Employee - Software Test  in  El Segundo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Test in El Segundo, CA (US)

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus, cafeteria. I was hired for a permanent position, so all benefits were included, including also pension. Lots of nice fairs organized by TV stations companies and you get lots of good freebies from there.
    There was what Directv folks called "Directv university" where people share the overview of the projects which they are working on, to the whole companies with their presentation.

    Cons

    Lack of proper training plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training plan must be in placed for all kinds of positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lazy Management

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Concord, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Concord, CA (US)

    I have been working at DIRECTV part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun meeting other employees and you can make your own schedule

    Cons

    Unorganized, inconsistant pay, bad management

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good place to learn and develop your skills

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    Former Employee - Fraud Analyst  in  El Segundo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Fraud Analyst in El Segundo, CA (US)

    I worked at DIRECTV full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Offer good training opportunities. Good place to network and expand different departments. The HQ is nice with gym, restaurants. Events were always pleasant.

    Cons

    Last manager I had micromanaged. Very big, structured and corporate. Opposite of a start up culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging, need more opportunities for employees to expand and branch out

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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