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MDA Reviews

Updated 13 June, 2018
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  • "Low pay compared to other organizations in Vancouver" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Employees are never engaged in any of the upper management decisions" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at MDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and keeps employees engaged. The work environment is laid back and suitable for introverted engineering minds who likes to engage in deep thoughts and quiet independent work.

    Cons

    Compensation feels inadequate for the given complexity of work


  2. "Love my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional people. Interesting work. The culture at MDA is improving and there is a lot of great change happening. I've been well supported there and have a great time working with my colleagues. There is a good amount of staff appreciation events which I enjoy. Lots of positive executive management change (MDA) which is bringing new life to the org. MAXAR is bringing exciting new energy too!

    Cons

    Tools and technology are improving but the security controls have for a long time stifled the use of technologies like Slack, etc. The building is a little retro and so is the furniture but it's hardly a con. There isn't the best food options location wise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding innovative ways to support the workforce and work hard to retain and attract the stellar people at the company. Competition is and will continue to be fierce for talent and we need to up our game to prosper and grow.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Consistent, but now fluctuating environment due to merger"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Services in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Commercial Services in Richmond, BC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, consistent, fair, great benefits and culture

    Cons

    Low pay. Even lower recognition for Support Services staff. Proud Canadian legacy appears to be a thing of the past now. High technology company that relies on low tech, antiquated habits.

    Advice to Management

    Sacrifice your share returns to offer compensation recognition to your employees before EVERYONE leaves


  4. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to respond to employee feedback. Willing to make changes, admit mistakes and be honest about changes and decisions. Making efforts to communicate more with employees and improve management. They still have a ways to go, but moving in the right direction. Good for work-life balance. You get flex-time and managers are usually chill about your start and end times.

    Cons

    Still an old boys club. Need more diversity in senior leadership. Seems like new people, with new ideas are the ones leaving. MDA is having trouble keeping up with other tech companies that have a more engaging work environment. Salaries not in line with market.

    Advice to Management

    The building is like a maze, need more open accessible work spaces. Invest in training and career development for employees. Seek input and decision making from a more diverse group of employees (not just your old, white buddies.)


  5. Helpful (5)

    "B2B outiside sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at MDA full-time

    Pros

    lots of work flexibility, creativity

    Cons

    Low base salary, lack of management support, flow of communication from management was very low

    Advice to Management

    More qualitative training and full-support to achieve company's revenue goals


  6. Helpful (8)

    "New Grads: Avoid!"

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

    I have been working at MDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Upbeat team despite the challenges. “We are all suffering through this together” is a common theme.

    Free parking.

    Shuttle from transit.

    Cons

    General mismanagement abounds.

    Deadlines are continually pushed out and the team is given no clear indication why.

    Defining development scope seems like an afterthought.

    Goals and direction are unclear.

    Management is management based purely on being around for a long time not based on any qualifications. Mangers have insufficient training and no people management skills. The only concern seems to be burndown charts and the bottom line. Morale is abysmal.

    If you feel like software unit testing is an essential part of development: look elsewhere.

    A great deal of the sales team has been promoted from within. Engineers are not necessarily salespeople.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers or seek externally. They are deaf to the concerns of employees or simply do not care. Your staff is miserable, do something about it!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Director, Contracts"

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    Former Employee - Director, Contracts Management in Richmond, BC
    Former Employee - Director, Contracts Management in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge of technology; great working environment with great common lunch area with free coffee and tea and milk and with everyone getting an individual office, with good salaries.

    Cons

    No annual bonuses; way too many unnecessary meetings; way too many levels of middle management who are not productive at all (the people at the bottom are the ones who really produce results). A lot of middle managers, including engineers, show up only part time but draw full-time salaries because they are on good terms with certain upper management personnel. A lot of people are hired without merit through connections with upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Please weed out middle-management who are drawing fat salaries but are really not doing any work at all - they attend a lot of "meetings" and give the impression that they are "very busy working" but in reality they are not.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic Environment, do not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    MDA is a very large organization

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Stay away!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People and values, approachable management, excellent teamwork, stimulating environment.

    Cons

    Overstretched. Too many priorities since mid 2017


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership has lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Manager in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fascinating subject matter. Very various areas to work in.

    Cons

    Working in Silos. No clear direction nor vision from management.


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