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Used to be a great place to work...Going down hill fast since EchoStar (Charlie Ergen) bought us.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Germantown, MD
Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Germantown, MD

I have been working at Hughes Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Mostly a very positive “employee centric” work environment. You can present new ideans and tell the truth about results. Not at all a "do what your told and don't ask questions" enviornment, management will actually listen and empower you to improve the business and yourself. People work hard at Huges because they are motivated and want to, not because they are forced to.

Cons

This year (2013) "Hughes" was forced to adopt EchoStar benefits. Took away all health care options: Only two options (No Health Insurance) or (HSA "High deductible $6000.00 ($3000.00 employee pays first, $3000.00 insurance pays 80%/ employee pays 20%, after 6000.00 insurance pays 100%) Cut company 401K match from 7% to 3%, Change policies for merit increases.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The EchoStar explanation that recent changes in benefits and merits were necessary because “it’s a market trend” did absolutely nothing for morale and retention of excellent employees… People don’t expect to work for the “Best company in America” … but nobody should take PRIDE in working for the “Worst company in America”

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Poor excise for management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Hughes Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay.at first even if did not keep pace with cost of living.

    Cons

    Management ignored engineer suggestion in late 1990s and early 2000s which resulted in losing a massive share of consumer satellite communications, closing most of San Diego operations, and forcing workers to attend training in "Pathway to Dialog", as management blamed engineers for management mistakes. Disfunctional company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the engineers. They know more than you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software Engineer III

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software III in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Software III in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Hughes Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start employment in the field of telecommunications and software development.

    Cons

    Career advancement, lack of adoption of cutting edge technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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