MDA Reviews

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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3.7
73%
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MDA Group President, MDA Mike Greenley
Mike Greenley
44 Ratings
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  • "old technique, low pay, too much politics(in 12 reviews)

  • "Lack of support from upper management(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great place, Dream Job with supportive and friendly people."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always been a dream place for space work in Canada. Exciting work with your contributions having a direct connection to human spaceflight exploration. Collegial work environment with a healthy mentoring culture. Respectful culture. Very inclusive, fun hockey league that has run for 30 years- indicative of healthy, social dynamic at office. Other social events foster team spirit. Students or new juniors are very much appreciated by existing team members for the new energy they bring. More experienced people appreciated for bringing ideas from other companies. ‘Office politics’ have tended to be fairly benign - changes in recent years have made such behavior even less tolerated. Pride in work -having one of your main products featured on the $5 bill is cool.

    Cons

    Building is a bit older and gym could use some newer equipment. Recreation club (voluntarily funded) was once quite vibrant has largely been replaced with less formal, ad-hoc organized activities. Would be nice if newer, younger staff took advantage of funding to organize more events outside of work.

  2. "Good for some experience"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Helpdesk Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people, relaxed about taking time for appointments

    Cons

    Low pay, low moral, uncertain future


  3. COVID-19

    "Very interesting work, but little respect for employees from upper management"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Interesting work - Opportunity to work on various different aspects of software development - Worked on new technologies using modern practices (team dependent) - Great and intelligent direct managers and colleagues

    Cons

    - Poor direction from upper management - Very closed minded when it comes to flexible work alternatives (WFH post pandemic) - Low salary, too focused on salary statistics coming out of Ontario

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  4. "Overall a positive experience"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Administrative 
    Recommends

    I worked at MDA full-time

    Pros

    It was a nice group of people to work with. Cafeteria on site. Workload was reasonable.

    Cons

    The location of the office in Richmond is difficult to get to.

  5. "Nice place of work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Junior Systems Engineer in Brampton, ON

    I have been working at MDA full-time

    Pros

    Great company lots of fun

    Cons

    No complaints as of right now

  6. "Good place to work. Not for everyone."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and nice people. Interesting and Challenging Work.

    Cons

    Not competitive pay. Benefits need improvement. CEO and his attitude.

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  7. "Relaxed but outdated"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
    Recommends

    I have been working at MDA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, low stress work, decent entry level pay

    Cons

    Outdated practices, large legacy code base

  8. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, great people to work with

    Cons

    management is a bit disorganized.

  9. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engineering Union, exposure to cutting edge space programs, Canadian company.

    Cons

    Lack of Training programs for newcomers. Less Vacation time and bonus incentives compare to other companies

  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Slow company with some potential, low compensation."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting field of expertise. Lots of opportunities for self-growth. Great team work. Knowledgeable staff. Professional managers, treating you respectfully. Flexible schedules. Passionate workers. Not a stressful place to work.

    Cons

    The integration process is bad, working at a remote office is even worst. Everything takes forever to get done. IT Security is over the top with some old school mentality, as if they never came to this century yet. The staff in place are highly resistant to change despite any positive arguments. Lot of wasted potential here in my opinion. A lot of personnel has left the company, making it difficult to get support on anything or building up relationship. In part possibly due to how the company has been dealing with the Covid situation. You will often sit doing nothing but waiting on someone for something ir some process. Giving you a feeling of uselessness at times. Salary is not competitive with the industry (in my field of expertise). The benefits are "okay". Yearly salary doesn't match inflation rate. My advice: Negociate a high compensation at the hiring level and consider maybe 1% yearly increase if that's what you're in for.

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