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MDA Corporation Reviews

Updated 25 October, 2017
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  • Really low pay, below industry standards (in 6 reviews)

  • One of the most incompetent senior management team I have experienced in my career (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer 1"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Richmond, BC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with some great people

    Cons

    Cafeteria quality varies from OK to unacceptable.
    IT seems to be dead set on slowing everyone down. Installing software is a hurdle, getting equipment is an even bigger hurdle.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new cafeteria, find ways to improve IT.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Outdated, bureaucratic beast with incompetent management"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Saint-Hubert, QC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Saint-Hubert, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent people in the team
    Compensation is OK, benefits pretty standard.

    Cons

    Oh where do I start ...
    Outdated equipment (10+ years old), falling literally apart critical systems, nearly impossible to maintain and/or upgrade. The equipment is so old that even a reboot can cause troubles.
    Want to buy new server? Can't do it unless approved by the Corporate IT, prepared at the headquarters in BC and then shipped all the way to QC. Simple request for new server takes months to go through the whole bureaucratic machine.
    Want to upgrade failing office printer or scanner? Same thing but it has to be a specific make because this is the policy. Inferior quality and 25% more expensive than another brand but hey ...
    Have any initiative? Forget about it and start pushing papers around.
    Looking for career advancement? Yeah, right.

    They claim there are three type of training:
     1. PD$ to buy books with and read on your own time;
     2. flying you to Richmond, BC to meet your peers - these are discussions and meetings but definitely not a training;
     3. going to a conference - you have to find one yourself, get approved, pay it yourself well in advance, go there, pay your hotel, then submit all your receipts and wait about a month for reimbursement. One can calculate how much debt an employee accumulates by this and how much the company saves.

    Which brings me to the next point - performance reviews and salary increases. One can be promoted, getting different title and more responsibilities but the salary would remain the same. It is visible that people aren't motivated or happy. Low morale all around. There are two types of staff: senior staff (10+ years at the company) and newbies (2-3 years). Not much in between as the average retention is 3 years. High turnaround in various departments - HR, account managers. Overworked IT.

    Upper management has chosen to close their eyes for the problems below and look after the bottom line only. The company is highly political being dependent on government contracts but still was able to find way to "expand" to the US market albeit the resistance from the government.
    Middle management is incompetent, have no necessary leading or people skills for their respective positions. Can't motivate the team as many of the senior staff members are more educated. Fails to accept advice and always suspicious of one's activity. Playing favorites and unable to create a sense of team.

    Corporate IT security policies are frustrating many people who value their liberty. It becomes tedious to perform one's tasks with all these restrictions around. Moreover, the restrictions are not explained properly if at all, leaving people wondering what is wrong this time.

    Because of all the above the company is unable to fill many positions. Top-tier talent is hard to come by and the company does not go the extra mile to attract them. Management still lives in the '80s or '90s advertising only on their website (because is free) and believing the company has all the leverage when it comes to hiring top talent. The majority of the senior team members will have really hard time finding another work outside MDA due to being outdated in what they do and surviving only thanks to being around so long.

    Advice to Management

    House cleaning required - there is a lot of dead wood lying around.
    Find ways to motivate people and boost morale.
    Educate your managers for the most basic skills required for their positions - leadership and people skills or replace them with more suitable ones.
    Start showing respect in what people do and learn how to attract and retain good prospects.
    Correct the reasons for the low average retention and the high turnaround.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Yikes!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the company's flagship products appears on the Canadian five dollar bill, which is also located in the lobby of the Richmond office.

    Cons

    Where to start?!?

    1. Pay is significantly below market
    2. Performance management is non existent - expect to work with poor quality, low skill employees... all the good ones have moved on to higher paying positions at other companies
    3. Will no longer be a Canadian company, HQ already located in San Fran.
    4. Non-existent work life balance... people have had breakdowns at the office (and worse!)

    Advice to Management

    Addressing your poor wages will go a long way towards attracting and retaining the best talent. Until hen, expect this to be another example of a Canadian high tech flame out


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good and helpful people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are generally great. Benefits are pretty standard.

    Cons

    Long hours and being short staffed.


  6. "Eng."

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    Current Employee - Eng in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Eng in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent management across the board

    Cons

    everything is excellent no comment

    Advice to Management

    Keep good work


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Total lack of modern management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and relocation package if you can negotiate
    Flexible working time around the core hours

    Cons

    Engineering is way far from agile and Agile.
    Engineering management is deaf, it's only keen to deliver project by project by any means, shifting any advice for improvement to "the next time".
    The company is clearly shifting to US.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire skilled people from the outer world to take advantage of their experience, listen to them.


  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Positive work environment. Everyone is very helpful and are willing to either walk you through your problem or point you to the resources or people who can help with the current problem.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other organizations in Vancouver.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    - Long term job
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    -Low salaries compared to level of experience
    -No room for growth


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid working here unless you are desperate for a job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only Pros to working at MDA is if you need some experience to move on to the job you really want.

    Cons

    Very poor pay and benefits. One of the most incompetent senior management team I have experienced in my career. The HR department is huge and completely inept. The facility itself is a garbage dump, one of the most dilapidated and dirty I've ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Find managers who know what the hell they are doing!!!!


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Time machine back to the 80's or even 70's..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, relaxed corporate culture, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry average with raises ranging from 1%-3% annually. Long office hours, understaffed, OT is reflective negatively upon you during performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn how to retain their employees, especially their cost center employees. All employees should be viewed as assets, whether or not they generate revenue. The cost to train a new employees affects not only their team but various departments and management. Match salaries with industry averages!


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