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    Working as Dish Network Satellite TV Technician.

    Is working as a Satellite TV Tech with Dish Network a good job? Dish Network is currently hiring for sat techs (no not a contractor, with Dish Network directly). And my step dads friend basically guaranteed me a job there since I already have experience installing cable with cox (subcontractor), I'm SCTE certified (if that helps), and he works with dish currently. Was wondering if it's a regular 8 hour a day job, and if they are paid piece wages or hourly (tired of piece wages). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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    It is not the job it use to be. From what I hear from installers that work for Dish directly, they are not allowed to think for themselves. Things as ridiculous as not putting the sticker on straight on the remote charges them back everything they made on the install. Working for an independent is hit or miss, some of them do poor work (or at least aren't the best). Others pay well and do very good work. In this economy, I would probably be happy just to get/have a job. Hard to say if it one you will like or enjoy. For independents, they haven't raised the amount we are paid/compensated in the 12 years I have been doing this, actually it is the other way around, they pay less than they did 12 years ago, and if you count for inflation, it is way less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad1138 View Post
    It is not the job it use to be. From what I hear from installers that work for Dish directly, they are not allowed to think for themselves. Things as ridiculous as not putting the sticker on straight on the remote charges them back everything they made on the install. Working for an independent is hit or miss, some of them do poor work (or at least aren't the best). Others pay well and do very good work. In this economy, I would probably be happy just to get/have a job. Hard to say if it one you will like or enjoy.
    You could get charged back for a sticker being crooked on the remote? That's a bit ridiculous if you ask me. And the reason I don't like working with piece wages is the fact that a TC (trouble call) would be 11 points and at my SC we were paid about $1.70 a point, sometimes we were stuck at a TC for 3 hours making $18.00. The money could be good at times, having a 45 point job, a 32 point job, and another 30 pointer plus some small installs to make about $230 that day. I just think hourly is a bit better in my opinion, and I would have to stress about making 2-3 jobs per timeframe.

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    Hey, I'm an internal dish tech, let me give ya some answers!

    Yes, it's hourly. No piecework, but we have a performance metric (the "points") that you have to meet, to keep yer job.
    It is FAR from a set 8 hour day job. On paper, it's 4 on/3 off, 10 hour days. Some days you get "hellroutes" and you are working till midnight....some days, no route for the day.
    Dish tends to be a tad "rules-heavy" on the techs. You follow the book, no matter what.

    It can be a really frustrating job, or an exceedingly fun one, depending on you. Some days, it's just a string of angry customers you can't help. Some days, it's wonderful older ladies who offer you pie (don't accept the pie against Dish regs!).

    This sums it up best: "At Dish, the only thing constant is change." If you can thrive in that environment, it's a good job. Otherwise....

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    its as good as you make if you like people and dont mind hard long days then its a great job. I enjoy having a 3 day weekend every week but its hard going to work w your kids sleeping then coming home to them in bed some days. Its my favorite job I have had but I slaved away building rvs for years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrll View Post
    don't accept the pie against Dish regs!
    Are you serious? You mean if they offer you pie, or cookies you can't take them? What about a Coke, or water?

    Being "rules heavy" is an understatement. I get the biggest kick out of DNSC (Dish Network Service Center, the techs that work directly for dish) techs always needing to put the orange cones out behind their vans no matter where they park. Even if is at the end of a mile dirt driveway, like someone isn't going to hit the van "because" the cones are there.

    But seriously, Cyril, are you serious about the pie?
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