Living not far from either the DISH Uplink Center (Cheyenne) and their DISH Corporate Headquarters (Denver Tech Center, Englewood), it is true that DISH is not a pleasant place to work. It is actually, for IT systems support, satellite uplink support and programming support what we call in the IT industry a sweat shop.
I interviewed once, back in 2002, with the Cheyenne Uplink Center. At that time, you got 6 paid holidays per year (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), two weeks holiday (3 weeks after 5 years), average medical benefits, dental, sick time is by arrangement with your supervisor, basic life insurance and participation in a 40k(k) plan. In the IT areas noted above, you would be on call 24/7. At home you are equipped with DISH network for free, not because you work for DISH, so you can work at home to deal with technical issues without having to drive into work. Of course, most times, one would end up doing so anyway.
As part of the interview process, even though one was not hired yet, they require a drug screen after the interview is complete. This, in addition to the normal background checks. At any rate, while the interview was no different then typical It interviews. What I did notice was very tired individuals, crowded work areas (people on top of each other) and a feeling that these people were not very happy, but at least dedicated to their work. Yet, it seemed, that asking questions about the company and the benefits was a topic that was best to be avoided.
On my 90 mile trip back to Longmont from Cheyenne, it was one of those experiences where you said to yourself that you hope that you did not get the job. The only positive, I did get from the experience, was a great tour of their data center and satellite uplink facility.
So, it seems, things are not much different then they were 10 years ago.