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Found 461 of over 534 reviews
3.7
73% Recommend to a Friend
MDA CEO, MDA Mike Greenley
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Found 443 of over 534 reviews

3.7
73%
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65%
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MDA CEO, MDA Mike Greenley
Mike Greenley
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance is usually pretty healthy(in 25 reviews)

  • "The work is interesting and keeps employees engaged(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "COVID and adoption of work-from-home (or lack thereof) has revealed how out of touch upper management are with the rest of the industry(in 14 reviews)

  • "Low pay, low moral, uncertain future(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      great company

      May 12, 2023 - Unknown-was Never Told 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      the people, the values, the compensation/benefits

      Cons

      no cons to report at the time

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Misunderstanding of Company Values

      Apr 23, 2023 - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      MDA is always looking for individuals working in the aerospace field. Plus, some teams really support their members to strive and be ambitious.

      Cons

      Sadly, MDA as a company is a massive headache and is becoming a detriment to itself. I had the misfortune of overhearing that a very strong candidate for our satellite division would not get an offer signed for them as MDA doesn't want to risk on an individual that does not have a major in engineering or computer science. My colleagues were excited to bring them in as they have the industry experience of working in aerospace, especially in relation to working with satellite telemetry. From what I understand, an offer was put forward to be signed off on for weeks now. What a waste of time and effort for administration, hiring community, and engineers to participate in an interview process for someone that MDA is actively looking yet become blindsided by MDA itself because of such nonsense. For those looking to apply at MDA, I suggest that you better major in engineering or computer science.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Terrible Upper Management

      Mar 18, 2023 - Senior Engineer in Brampton, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Get to work on space robots - no doubt that that is pretty cool in itself. Low pressure work environment

      Cons

      - Low salary (was already low a few years ago, and now with no tracking of inflation it's not even in the same ballpark as the industry standard) - Treated like a child - manager will monitor you to make sure you're coming to the office (which by the way is in the middle of nowhere and almost everyone has a massive commute) - Despite the CEO outwardly making claims about MDA's technical innovation (e.g. in regards to things like AI), the actual internal technical vision for the company is basically to lean on our past successes (Canadarm2) - the attitude of every technical leader who has been around for a while is "if it ain't broke don't fix it". While this attitude does often makes practical sense, it means it's pretty unlikely that new engineers will get to really innovate or build things that are truly novel. Furthermore this makes me pretty concerned that MDA will eventually get left behind. The robotics industry at large is advancing at an incredible pace and we're pretty much sitting here trying to sell 1998 technology.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Cool job to have, company has drawbacks

      Mar 15, 2023 - Intermediate Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Much of the work done at MDA has been engaging and interesting. I have gained lots of knowledge, and worked on a fairly wide range of projects. The work life balance is pretty good, but busyness ebbs and flows depending on project timelines. Most employees get their own office room which is a nice perk. Offers hybrid work, with 2 days from home, and flexible hours with flex time. Provides the opportunity to travel for many different projects.

      Cons

      Pay is definitely below average, despite the company continuing to gaslight that it is not. We struggle to hire anyone higher than a junior due to the pay. Company also occasionally forces unpopular policies on the employees, such as a forced vacation week (out of our own bank), COVID vaccine mandates that cost us some valuable team members, and a pay period change resulting in missing a week of pay until leaving the company.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Pros

      Interesting company that touches many aspects of Aerospace and Defense. Depending on your role, you can get your hands on many different things that peak your interest.

      Cons

      I worked at this company for 15 years and I was very disappointed with their work from home policy. They only allow remote work twice a week on *approval* and the days you can work from home are static for the entire week for all employees (so you know those on-site days are packed with employees). Work from home policy feels like something the company had to offer to further prevent the large amount of employee turnover/attrition. Management appears to be immune to these policies and they seem to work as many days of the week as they prefer and on the days of their choosing. While regular employee on-site attendance are heavily monitored. Compensation is severely below average, you will find yourself experiencing Stockholm syndrome trying to justify the poor pay because the company does "Cool space stuff". Meetings scheduled during your lunch or off-hours is common. Management micromanages and is distrustful of remote workers, this often made me feel guilty or unprofessional for working from home.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      20+ years of fascinating and enjoyable work at MDA Geointelligence

      Feb 27, 2023 - Staff Engineer in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      1. Very interesting and challenging projects in Earth Observation 2. Always something new to learn 3. Clever colleagues who are great to work with and are committed to excellence 4. Good work/life balance (flex time, vacation allowance , work from home 2-days week) 5. Good workplace culture, committed, respectful, team based 6. From my perspective, good promotion of diversity and inclusion, although probably room to further improve

      Cons

      1. Poor incentives for long term retention: given that the Earth Observation missions MDA works on take years to design and build and then last a decade or more, there is a need for long term retention of domain knowledge and expertise but there are no incentives to encourage this. 2. While MDA works in a very technical field, senior management (especially those fairly new) sometimes make decisions without consulting with relevant technical staff who have been in the field for many years. 3. Over emphasis on "One MDA" failing to recognize that different parts of the company have different needs 4. Sometimes need to work long hours over short periods to meet deadlines NB Pros outweigh the Cons!

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Awesome projects and people

      Mar 9, 2023 -  in Brampton, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing projects to work on. Most of the team are absolutely brilliant people to work with.

      Cons

      Some of the leads and managers are stuck in the past, insisting on micromanaging you and then acting completely petty towards you when you don't let them. Processes and policies prevent real work from getting done, despite the fact that real solutions exist to MDAs (self-imposed) problems. It appears that senior management refuses to do anything about the issues that will ultimately erode MDAs ability to compete in a modern economy. They talk a lot about "One MDA" and launch new tools with much fanfare, but refuse to publicly acknowledge that employees can't actually use the tools as intended because they aren't compliant with MDAs own policies.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Sat-Ops Planning and Customer Service

      May 15, 2023 - Sr. Customer Service Representative 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Hybrid Schedule 1/2 weeks remote Low Stress

      Cons

      Going 'Above and Beyond' does not garner any recognition or advancement.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Stick around while the economic uncertainty lasts, but leave after

      Mar 6, 2023 - Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You get to say you work in the space industry If you were able to negotiate, you could get a decent salary and benefits

      Cons

      Go look at the leadership page: it’s almost entirely the exact same demo. And it shows in the way that they run the organization. The antiquated way of thinking, the “because I said so” leadership style and the inherent lack of trust in employees is just tragic. Even in snowstorms you’re expected to drive up to office. To do your job on the laptop that you carry with you! People managers are actually given data on when their team clocks in and out. Leadership thinks employees have a problem with the hybrid schedule. We don’t. We hate the rigidity.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    11. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Friendly work environment

      May 24, 2023 - Jr. Systems Administrator in Cantley, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good coworkers on rotating shifts

      Cons

      Very far distance to site.

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