Thread regarding Dish Network layoffs

Dish laying off during corona

Team,

The environment in which DISH finds itself is unprecedented. The consequences of millions of people sheltering in place is rippling across every segment of our economy. Businesses of all sizes, and in all industries, are grappling with both immediate and long-term decisions regarding their current options and future plans.

As a company, we provide essential services to millions of customers – 24/7/365 access to news, information and entertainment. Because those services are critical, we are making decisions to operate as effectively as possible for the environment we find ourselves in today, and for the long term, with our customers and the well-being of our team top of mind.

The pandemic has forced us to take a closer look at every aspect of our business, at our work volumes, our areas of focus and investments, and the performance of our team members. I want you to hear directly from me that we’ve made a series of difficult decisions to reevaluate parts of our business, particularly within In Home Services, and as a result we’ve parted ways with some of our coworkers.

These were extremely difficult decisions for me and for the rest of the leadership team. They did not come easily and we made them with the full intention of sustaining our business – which provides thousands of jobs today, and will provide tens of thousands of jobs in the future.

We know there are opportunities for us in today’s environment, and we remain optimistic that many more will emerge in the days ahead. We are committed to entering the wireless business, bringing full, standalone 5G to America, and delivering unparalleled innovation that will benefit U.S. consumers. And we will continue to focus on enhancing and deploying Dish TV, Sling TV, DISH Media, Smart Home Services and other core products and business lines. We’ll hire for the strategic needs of today and tomorrow so that we have the Best Team, regardless of the circumstance.

America and the world will be different when we emerge from this. Our business will evolve, as will the economy. But remember: a positive frame of mind has always been a defining characteristic of DISH. I believe in us, I believe in our country, and I believe in our collective strength to get through this. I am confident we will conclude this chapter of our history stronger and better connected.

Thank you for the tremendous ways you’ve adapted over the last few weeks, for your dedication to our customers, and for your confidence in the days ahead.

Erik

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Your do not always get fired I resigned about 3 weeks ago and 2 more in my group left in the meantime all for the same reason, a lying piece of sh– coward of a director. I feel bad for all those that were let go without reason only greed, Dish is terribly mismanaged in my short time there and I would be shocked if they ever get a 5G network off the ground with what I know before they sell the assets the day the FCC allows them or takes the spectrum back, Good luck to all I know it is a bad time but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this and sure as hell won’t be the last, go to school, learn a trade But do not let a company put you in a position like this again.

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Post ID: @8ory+14nEfiHs

I survived the mass firing of 2015 when Dish went after almost every employee that had Dish Referral discounts on their personal accounts. I was a Tech that had over 40 referrals, it was to the point where Dish was almost paying me to be a customer on top of my regular work pay. I was able to get a free PS4 and Netflix Credits for adding my referral code(s) to New Customer accounts. I was able to slip through the cracks during that time and evade being fired, but unfortunately... the Coronavirus was what led to me being firing from Dish this week. It was only a matter of time before they wanted me to pay for all the free stuff I got, shout out to all of the Dish Manteca, CA - Office Techs and Managers that are still playing the game of fixing their metrics!

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Post ID: @7ggc+14nEfiHs

I'll be honest it was very painful to have to let go of the sheer number of techs cut from my office. Like mentioned in comments above those impacted where already on performance plans and would have likely lost their jobs irregardless. However in light of the unprecedented economic hardships we are facing it was the hardest me moment of my career.

From a financial stand point it makes sense as our workload is down significantly and we are a office the bleeds money due to low performance from the present workforce.

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Post ID: @6nnc+14nEfiHs

I was ready. I was not doing anything of value.

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Post ID: @3tgs+14nEfiHs

I was let go after 7 years of employment. I was told due to my 2019 PA scoring was based on the average of other technicians. Of course it was low compared to other technicians because I was out for half the year due to a work related injury. I just came back to work and a month later I am now unemployed.

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Post ID: @2euc+14nEfiHs

I'm actually happy I got let go. I was plan on leaving anyway because of the terrible working conditions. Now I can go back to being a locksmith, perfect timing. Hated sales, sales, sales as a Technician. Was a great Technician. Terrible pay for what you do. No more corporate for me. They can enjoy terrible promotion processes, unsafe work environments and sales, Sales, SALES!

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Post ID: @2azf+14nEfiHs

Let go after 20 yrs of service. The people using this thread to defend the actions of dish are ither
abhorrently insensitive to this situation or are on the clock.

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Post ID: @2drp+14nEfiHs

Now they are offering a two dollars extra as hazard pay all the people that are left...

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Post ID: @2ehz+14nEfiHs

The good news if any, is that you no longer work for them, and stimulus checks start monday if you qualify. Also oklahoma unemployment is paying an extra $600 a week ONTOP of what they qualify you for weekly. Right now is the tome to butter up a resume, lock into your futures, and jump on the massive rehiring wave that comes in the next few months. It’ll happen either through new work innovations due to corona or the old doors reopening due to it being overcome. Either way its an opportunity. No more fake conversations to inflate volume. You can find purpose and hopefully won’t starve, as I know thats a legitimate concern for those with children and hardships on-top of losing your job.

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Post ID: @2els+14nEfiHs

Just started at Dish and felt I was doing well. Of course, as a new tech you're not going to be all that fast. Something they reminded us of and told us was perfectly okay. All my other stats were good. But it seems that while the company said it was stats based, they decided to let all new hires go. Which is odd because they spend all that money to train and then before new hires have a chance to really go, they lay them off.
(So CorporateJerk, are you really sure that everyone that was cut deserved to be?)

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Post ID: @2xic+14nEfiHs

I see alot of people saying it was based on performance. I worked for the company for 2 months. 100% csat and 0% r12s. I never missed a day. I was just getting the hang of things as a remote tech. They had literally no reason to let me go over performance. Some of my classmates in training were let go as well. Just in my 2 months, I know I was a better tech then some that were there for years. I was constantly doing repair jobs on a few certain techs jobs. I always did a good job. My only thought is I was trying to get paternity leave in July when my wife is due with our 1st child. What a f**ked up company. I dont care about the circumstances. Let your freshly trained guys go out there and do their thing. Let the people go that had poor performances.

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Post ID: @2fsr+14nEfiHs

Middle manager type here. All the names that crossed my desk got 'improvement required' on their 2019 performance appraisal, and all were on performance improvement plans. The timing really s—s, but these people were on their way out the door already. It's always easier to blame others than to admit that if you met or even approached your goals last year, you'd still be employed. Just wanted to provide an alternative point of view.

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Post ID: @2ntn+14nEfiHs

Laid off after 7 years with the company. Noticing a trend of a lot or employees let go had tenure that would have qualified them for the 100 stock share bonus that was likely going through soon due to the completion of the T-Mobile/Spring merger. Appears DISH was cutting heads based on saving stock rather then the value of the employee.

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Post ID: @2hmd+14nEfiHs

More stupid decisions. It has been so super busy and now they cut half their staff? How do they win JD Power? Do they buy the votes? I am at the point that if I get let go, I might be happier. 10+ years in that sweatshop environment has affected me so badly.

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Post ID: @2ora+14nEfiHs

I practically grew up at DISH Network and I was just 'separated' from employment. You would think after nearly 23 yrs of service to DISH Network, they would have the decency to give me a LITTLE respect and a little bit of dignity to at least lay me off with some sort of severance packet. No matter what excuse they used, it boils down to decency and respect, which they obviously know nothing about.

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Post ID: @1snu+14nEfiHs

I worked at dish for 14 years and was told I was let go due to head count. They are lying about the PA and c sat being the reason for a mass firing. They fly by the seat of their pants on everything with no direction. Bottom line is they are a scum bag company to work for and if you still work there start looking for other work. They will chew you up and spit you out. No matter what your position, pay rate how many times you’ve been praised YOU are expendable. I have seen total purges of locations from the om all the way down to techs. It’s a stepping stone job NOT a career.

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Post ID: @1ayy+14nEfiHs

More of the same. Its disgusting. Companies have to do it, but one can imagine the executives laughing it up at their good ol boys club while they are sending the list out to the middle managers to terminate. Soulless, evil company.

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Post ID: @1arp+14nEfiHs

according to my management staff it was based off overall csat scores and prior pa's as for who got cut. my office was understaffed and we still lost a field tech, fsm, and ist. the tech had been struggling with csat for the last year and the fsm had poor pa's for 2 years in a row. not that this was a justification because its still sh–ty during this situation but its not like these people were perfect employees. at least that was the case from my office

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Post ID: @1jln+14nEfiHs

DISH cares about their profit only. Look how badly they train agents and yet push them to hit numbers or be fired. I survived the purge of 2018 but dread going to work this week because I don't know if I am on the list or not. Bad enough they haven't put our profit sharing, bonuses, or the stock they promised.

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Post ID: @1poj+14nEfiHs

Dish Network will never be able to get over that hump of creating the successful 5G stand alone network Charlie dreamt about........
This company will not be able to bounce back.....karma is a b&#[email protected]!

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Post ID: @1iqs+14nEfiHs

My dad just got the call today been there since around 2014 and this is just wow just wow I going to be sad to see the van go but guess it’s life signing off-Frosty

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Post ID: @1qgk+14nEfiHs

Got cut this morning too. Sounded like the FSM was reading from a goddamn cue card. F— Erik and f— Dish Network.

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Post ID: @1wmb+14nEfiHs

What a crock of sh–, as Erik is as well. Worked my a– off for that company, as did so many others. Nothing in return but an a– screwing.

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Post ID: @1vyi+14nEfiHs

No place treats its employees like trash more than DISH does. It does not matter how long you've worked here, you're always fired, no severance. And you are literally just thrown out of the building. Shameless leadership, abhorrent culture.

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Post ID: @1dsw+14nEfiHs

I was there in 2012 and still here now, Dish has done nothing but make a better workplace year after year! Every few years "talent planning " happens and the bottom performers are let go. Any business does this from time to time. Dish did this same thing about 3 years ago and about every 3 years. People then we're let go for poor attendance and performance. It's sad that this happened now for sure and wish all of you the best!

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Post ID: @1zem+14nEfiHs

WOW sorry guys. They should have done better. I’m in the same boat. Simply Pathetic. The funny thing is they never gave us our 100 shares for the DISHWAY b—s— either lmfao

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Post ID: @1kgy+14nEfiHs

Got cut from Dish today too. I work in corporate and have been there over 10 years. No severance. Honestly, I'm not surprised about the severance. I have seen people who have been there over 20 years let go with zero severance. Their only consolation is telling you they won't challenge your request for unemployment benefits.

It's not over either. It will be a trickle lay off for the next 3-6 weeks. They like it nice and quiet so they can continue to buy JD Power awards. The past several years they have done this at quarter end after performance appraisals come out and managers know this. People with years of stellar reviews will receive a bad one out of the blue if their management has personal issues with them. They know the HR sieve will collect the names that settle on the bottom and add them to the list. No guilt. No telling them face to face.

It's a shame, because the recent EVP of HR has really done a lot to make Dish a better working environment for employees. I know he tries and there is only so much he can do with the chairman of the board playing the part of shadow-CEO.

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Post ID: @1ngy+14nEfiHs

Laid off this morning after. No notice - I received an email at 7:45am for a call at 11:30, during which I was let go. Phrases used were “we’re reorganizing,” “we have to work within the resources that we have,” “we will be ending your employment effective immediately.” No severance. At least 3 others in my department were also let go.

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Post ID: @1vnq+14nEfiHs

Got laid off this morning as an 7 year FSM. They read directly off of paper and then immediately asked for my laptop, keys and badge. Once I gave them to the OM they asked my to get my stuff and step out of the office. I then sat outside on the curb until I got a ride home. No severance pay or anything. Didnt even get to discuss this. Your using COVID-19 as an excuse . You are not losing money. You have made some bad business decisions and now alot of good people are paying the price. Sadest part is you let really good hard working people go and kept the very people that will run you into the ground. You couldnt pay me enough money to ever return. Sorry to all the good people that were screwed

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Post ID: @1bks+14nEfiHs

The year I left (2012) they were voted the number one worst company in America to work for. Dish has never respected their employees’ time or commitment. They don’t care about quality installs or service anymore. All they care about is what their techs can add on to the customer’s bill...

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Post ID: @1fej+14nEfiHs

Laying off employees with 10+ years of time spent there with no severance package? Absolutely horrendous company no one should do business with.

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