Ergen called the story a superficial take on Dish. It’s not a good thing that Dish was the single worst-rated employer on Glassdoor last year, he said, but Dish’s culture of hard work has its own merits.
“It takes a lot of guts to work at this company,” Ergen said. “We’re a little bit like an Indiana Jones movie, where we’re always in trouble and we always get out of it. We’re going from alligators to arrows to snakes.”
Dish’s culture is about pride, adventure, hard work and personal responsibility, according to Ergen. But no, it’s not a place that charges five cents for a fork, he said.
At that point the Ergen session turned into a military pep talk. “There’s only two kinds of employees that I’ve run across in 30 years,” he said. “There’s ones that get results, and ones that make excuses. If you’re in that second camp, you’re not going to like Dish.”
“I care about our employees more than everybody in my company. I care about my kids too, but that doesn’t mean I give them everything that they want.”
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