Hughes Communications Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Hughes Communications Chairman and CEO Pradman P. Kaul
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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. Summer internship

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Germantown, MD
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    At least for the internship program, they treat their interns pretty well. There were quite a few fun intern events. They don't ask for anything that would be too difficult and are very lenient with your work schedule.

    Cons

    My manager seemed a bit overworked from my perspective. It might have just been that his work ethic was beyond amazing, but he definitely could have had an easier time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern, I don't think I know enough about this topic to provide any useful input here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications

    Pros

    Mentor/ Intern Relationship
    Team Based Learning
    Great Program

    Cons

    There was not a great program in place for interns.
    Work needs to be done on some rotational training program for entry level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I've never been happier

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    Current Employee - Installer in Copperas Cove, TX
    Current Employee - Installer in Copperas Cove, TX

    I have been working at Hughes Communications

    Pros

    I feel like I bring joy to people's lives who cannot get access to the Web, it's a wonderful feeling, there's nothing like it

    Cons

    New challenge new area new experience on every install hard or easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Ok

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Financial Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Financial Analyst in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    relaxed work environment, everyone has been there for along time with a lot of knowledge

    Cons

    lack for career growth. management is only focused on stuff that relates to their bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the layers of management and unproductive employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Excellent environment when dealing with external customers. Challenging dealing with all levels of internal politics.

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    Current Employee - Sales Role in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Role in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Considerable latitude in dealing with external customers.

    Cons

    Overwhelming internal corporate politics inhibiting customer growth and business efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an atmosphere that values substance over form, rewards truth/reality instead of sycophancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Not an exciting workplace for Networking professional. Wouldn't recommend my friends out there to join Hughes as N/w Eng

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Hughes Communications

    Pros

    + Easy technical job (Not lot of challenges)
     [ There is really no positive to work @ Hughes except that you may have settled closer to office and you just need some job to keep up with family ]

    Cons

    Tech:

    - Still RIP protocol being used :)
    - Lot of technical people in managerial positions. So, no freedom for engineers to work independently
    - No peer reviews for new designs. For most part senior directors / directors decide what should be done technically and engineers have to go implement
    - HR team is really bad
    - No process internally within Hughes to address inter-team related issues. Such problems contiue to hang on until it hurts end customer and thats when issues gets some attention and effort from staff to get fixed
    - Pay scale is lower than market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management team is getting older and there is immediate need for lateral thinking. Just putting pressue on engineers and making them to work hard is not going to help.
    - Company should change their management style to hire good talent.
    - Would suggest Hughes to bring leaders from outside for new leadership positions such as manager, directors etc. instead of promoting internal technical staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Good place to begin career

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Washington, DC

    I worked at Hughes Communications

    Pros

    Work on technical things from day one

    Cons

    Things operate slowly. might not work on cutting edge technology

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hughes Communications

    Pros

    great place to start a career

    Cons

    large org, not very nimble

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Stable company with growth potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hughes Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits with advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Demanding work environment, but it's worth it for the experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continually value key employees and stay customer focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Good company. A lot of employees with ten plus yeares.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lot of technology to learn. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not the best benefits. Better benefits would go a long way to improve moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits would make a lot of people happier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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