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Does DISH Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 11, 2020
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DISH Network is a top satellite TV provider. They have entry-level positions to help you get back on your feet, but does DISH hire felons?

If you’re interested in learning how to get a job at DISH with a felony, this article will help you. We’ll start by answering these questions, and more:

  • Does DISH hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does DISH do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

It can be tough trying to find work with a felony. We’ve been in your shoes and know how difficult it can be. That’s why Relaunch Pad directly contacts companies to ask them if they hire former felons.

Now, let’s learn how to get hired at DISH Network with a record.

Does DISH hire felons?

does DISH hire felons

Official company policy for hiring felons

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to contact DISH to find out about their hiring policies for former felons. However, we did find this on their website:

“No matter your age, race, gender, role, sexual orientation, or culture, you’re given the opportunity to help shape the future of TV on your first day as an employee. It’s all hands on deck at DISH. If you work hard and share our passion for TV, we’re proud to stand behind you.”

Has DISH hired felons in the past?

Online reports show that DISH has hired felons in the past. Although it’ll depend on the type of conviction and the amount of time that has elapsed, you seem to have a shot.

Does DISH hire people with misdemeanors?

Based on the fact that we know they’ll hire former felons, it’s a safe bet to say they’ll hire those with misdemeanors as well.

Is DISH on the Ban the Box list?

There are a number of programs geared toward helping ex-offenders get their life back on track. For example, companies that endorse the Ban the Box list have committed to removing the checkbox on their applications asking if you have any prior convictions. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is made by employers who have dedicated themselves to look past your criminal history and instead focus on your skills and talents.

DISH doesn’t participate in either of these programs, but don’t fret. We know they’ll hire ex-offenders on a case-by-case basis!

Does DISH have special programs for hiring felons?

No, they don’t have any programs for hiring felons at this time.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

We give your odds of getting hired at DISH with a felony as average. While we haven’t been able to contact them and we know they aren’t on the Ban the Box list, we’ve seen evidence they’ll hire those with a criminal record based on the circumstances and amount of time since the conviction.

However, if your record is for something minor, you’ll have an even better shot at getting an entry-level position.

What are some entry-level jobs?

The entry-level positions at DISH are in customer service. This includes customer service representatives, drivers and installers. All of these positions require you to assist the customer with getting services set up at their home or helping them with their account.

An entry-level position is a good place to start with a felony on your record. It gives you a chance to prove yourself to the company while building a positive relationship and work history.

How to get hired at DISH with a felony

Do you want to get a job at Dish with a felony? The first thing you need to do is customize your resume to match what they’re looking for and fill out an application.

List all of your past employers, specifically highlighting ones relevant to the position you’re applying for. If you’re applying for an installer position, for example, list rival companies you’ve worked at, like Comcast or AT&T. If you’re looking for a customer service position, jobs with customer interaction are good to include.

It’s always a good idea to have someone look over your application for any grammatical or spelling errors too.

You can also use this same person to help you practice for the interview process. Have them google some interview questions and you can practice answering them. You want your answers to be honest, positive and concise. Remember, you’ll be working with the general public, so DISH wants to know you can be friendly and not crack under pressure.

Tell the company about your past. They’ll find out when they do the background check anyway, so it’s best to be upfront and honest about it.

Does DISH do background checks?

Sources show they’ll do a background check sometime during the hiring process.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Not all background checks are created equal. In fact, what they cover depends on what state you live in. For example, if you live in one of the following states, they won’t see anything from seven years ago or more:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

And, the eight states on this list don’t consider any not guilty verdicts:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, there are still some states that’ll see your whole record, including any cases where you were found not guilty. Be aware if your state is on this list:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We did some online digging to bring you DISH’s company ratings. On, they have a 2.9 out of 5 star rating. While most say the company has a good working environment and there are good advancement opportunities, others say the hours are long and there are unrealistic expectations from upper management.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does DISH hire felons? It looks like they do, but certain felonies will hurt your chances.

If you’re looking for a customer service position, larceny could make it tougher. If you’re applying for a driver or installer position and your record includes driving convictions, violent crimes, drug- or alcohol-related charges, or theft, then you might have a problem getting the job. The restrictions for jobs that visit people’s homes is stricter.

Does DISH drug test?

Our reports show that DISH will drug screen.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Did you get hired at DISH with a felony? Was the information in this article instrumental in that happening? We’d love to hear the details! You never know who your tips will help.

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Leah Mailcoat
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.