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Hughes Communications Reviews in Germantown, MD

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
91 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides for a great work life balance, fixed work timings (in 10 reviews)

  • The overall work environment and people are great (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Top heavy - many VPs and so emphasis on recruiting entry and low levels in attempt to correct and so now a hole in mid-level expertise (in 6 reviews)

  • The potential for greatness is present but is not exploited properly by senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasantly satisfied after many years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Hardware Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Hardware Engineer in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    If you perform you will be recognized. Very engineering centric work pace, very tight schedules during the product development and launch phase and very relaxed during the off cycle. Overall a very good place to work with room for your growth with creative ideas, good perks and reasonable time off policies

    Cons

    Could send employees to periodic system tools training and subject matter conferences. Very top heavy management, I anticipate a change coming in the next 3-5 years with a lot of the senior management retiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your mid level management more effectively and do not promote people for loyalties only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent start for a young grad but not for long career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The experience completely depends on the team. The team I worked is very ordinary and the manager sucks.
    - Flex times
    - Job safety since most people leave the company
    - Relatively easy to crack the interview and a decent start for young graduate

    Cons

    - Benefits are going down since Echostar took over
    - Very old Software techniques
    - Not much innovation in Software products
    - Takes very long to get promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay more to hard working and innovative people
    - Need Team building activities (absolutely none when I left)
    - Change the work culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company for a work life balance, not so great for your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    You get lot of breaks during work.
    Keep delivering on your tasks in time and you will promotion in 2 years (don't expect sooner)

    Cons

    Promotion- don't expect it sooner than 2 years
    HR is rude
    Pays are usually below market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some life into work. Try more to manage employees who are seriously believe in job security, before things get out of hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent work if you are in the right group, but below average pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff II  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to start your career and learn if you are in the right group. Solid engineers and very friendly people throughout the company.

    Cons

    Lack of structured training. Below average pay. Lack of career development and very slow advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Downhill since Echostar Acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer 2-Software  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer 2-Software in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to free Internet and TV service, and discounts at other related companies.

    Cons

    Since the purchase by Echostar, the benefits have been eroded, salaries have become stagnant and the pressure and expectations have risen exponentially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop removing benefits and start rewarding the good hardworking employees instead of keeping that for yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    - interesting technology
    - not the worst work environment

    Cons

    - management heavy
    - benefits went for a toss after Echostar took over
    - low pay
    - 20th century tools and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more if you expect top performing employees to stick around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Engineers, Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Department Adninitrator  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Department Adninitrator in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking, great us of technology

    Cons

    Poor management. The company was built and run by engineers. The understand nothing of Sales or Marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees. They know what's going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice company to work for

    Current Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - MTS-2 Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Hughes Communications full-time

    Pros

    Really helpful colleagues and a very understanding manager

    Cons

    In a comparatively small city, Germantown

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing culture and humble management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Hughes Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone at this company from directors, senior directors, all the way up to the VP and President are friendly and amicable.

    Cons

    The cafeteria does not have the best options and the work can at times require a great number of off hours (unpaid) effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company provides great opportunity to learn the entire system and diversify experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of encouragement to contribute original ideas.

    Cons

    Very slow growth as it is a top heavy company. Lot of people with 15yrs or more experience in Hughes and still at Hughes. You will still be coding even after becoming a middle level manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should provide growth opportunities and expansion of work area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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