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Hughes Network Systems Director Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2017

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Hughes Network Systems CEO Pradman P. Kaul
Pradman P. Kaul
3 Ratings
  1. "A great place to work"

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    Program Director in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hughes Network Systems

    Pros

    Great environment thats more like a university than a work place. Some of the smartest people I have worked with are at Hughes and I was proud to be a part of the company. Its recognizes its people for the value they bring to the company and puts them on a promotion path to reward them. Hughes always pushes to the edge of what has been the typical solution on any technical project they are working on and as a result... are often way out in front of similar companies. Pradman Kaul he has a firm hand on the rudder of the ship and a strong team around him and that is reflected in the success of the company.

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    Cons

    It has gone through a lot of changes in recent times and has been sold twice in the past 5 years. With Apollo now the owners and the fact that they take an active part in the business it has smoothed out. However companies like Apollo buy, invest and sell the companies the purchase so more change must be on the cards for the future. However that should not be a deciding factor in a company with great opportunities... for engineers.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with the employees. When change happens keep them informed.

    Hughes Network Systems2008-09-12
  2. "Successful stovepipe."

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    Former Employee - Director in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hughes Network Systems full-time

    Pros

    The company it tied closely to their core product line of satellite internet services for consumers. Don't expect too much to change from year to year.

    Cons

    Top down, authoritative organization. Lots of entrenched, 25- years plus employees.

    Hughes Network Systems2017-01-14
  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Technical in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hughes Network Systems 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 Management

    Should provide growth opportunities and expansion of work area.

    Hughes Network Systems2014-01-21
  4. "Great potential, but lacks fairness, poor internal communication, and mediocre execution"

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    Director in Germantown, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hughes Network Systems

    Pros

    Many opportunities for technical skills development. Good opportunities for business skills development. Good degree of autonomy in most tasks/projects to the extent that you can really enjoy some projects without being micromanaged. Most employees are wonderful to work with and generate a fun & pleasant work atmosphere. Most positions allow for large amount of freedom in task execution and allow for creative... solutions. If you are looking for a place to develop yourself professionally this is an excellent choice, especially for those early in their career, but be prepared to work hard for it.

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    Cons

    Although freedom to be creative in completing tasks/projects is there, don't expect to be rewarded for it. Very little recognition given to those who are the most creative and innovative in their thinking and approach to solve problems and complete tasks and projects. Only the most mundane of positions are fully understood by management resulting in only the most mundane of employees receiving most of the reward... and recognition. If you are looking for a place with a good track for promotions and career development - this is not the place unless you are the type to settle into a position and do the job, no more, no less. The better you perform the most simplest of tasks with little to no innovation or creativity the better your odds of promotion. The company used to encourage creativity and innovative thinking, but this has been lost in an ocean of task completion for the sake of task completion. The potential for greatness is present but is not exploited properly by senior management. No flexibility in terms of teleworking or working remotely at all. You are expected to be available in the office at all hours of the day if the project demands it - senior management assume that remote workers are going to be lazy. Lastly, internal communication is difficult at best. Everyone works at a constant frenzy and there is more interest in completing a task and moving on to the next one than in identifying why things happen the way they do and communicating best practices around the organization.

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    Advice to Management

    Reward those who "think outside of the box". This company was built on creative and innovative thinkers who had unique approaches to solving problems and that has been completely forgotten. Also need to join the 21st century in thinking about how your employees work. A teleworking policy that is positive and encouraging is sorely needed to improve morale of what is quickly becoming an aging workforce within the... company.

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    Hughes Network Systems2010-06-25
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