MDA Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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Pros
  • "Collegial work environment with a healthy mentoring culture(in 27 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, good benefits, smart people(in 25 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Lack of support from upper management(in 13 reviews)

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

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Consistent, but now fluctuating environment due to merger

      Jun 4, 2018 - Commercial Services in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      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.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good for some experience

      Jan 10, 2021 - IT Helpdesk Analyst in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people, relaxed about taking time for appointments

      Cons

      Low pay, low moral, uncertain future

      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Management wants to mandate returning to work in autumn

      Sep 13, 2020 - Embedded Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A lot of freedom in your activities.

      Cons

      Things move slowly, way too much upper management. Low pay.

      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Incredibly meh.

      Mar 27, 2020 - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Will hire straight out of university. Good work life balance. Some interesting projects. Stable source of income since defence is a relatively consistent in annual spending.

      Cons

      Not much upward mobility. Incredibly bureaucratic processes and stone age culture. Low pay compared to median.

      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Bad place for engineers

      Mar 1, 2019 - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are some great people working as team leads that are the redeeming factor of the company. If you're lucky enough to get a good team lead, your time here could be okay. Work life balance tends to be really good. Working late seems to be a rare occurrence on most teams

      Cons

      Very little - No technical training. Starting here as a new hire or starting a new project can be extremely overwhelming. You're basically given a task and thrown into a stack/codebase with very little context or explanation. This combined with low employee retention means that there are often projects where even the senior engineers don't know how anything works. Often the "expert" on the system was given just a little training as you got, and you're all just reverse engineering some monolithic codebase. Constantly changing specs and priorities. Expect to be given work before the design phase is complete, thus repeating it again later. Expect to have high priority tasks come out of nowhere on a weekly basis and throw off your whole timeline. Low pay. This generally sucks if you're an employee. But also has the side effect of causing alot of people to leave, so many old systems have none of the original people left who worked on them (a big cause of confusion). Management has been "looking into salary adjustments" for the last 2 years, but those adjustments are always 6 months away, ad infinitum. One can only hope they'll conclude their salary market research sometime in the next decade.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Staff Software Engineer

      Mar 11, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      flexible, low pressure, work life balanced.

      Cons

      old technique, low pay, too much politics

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Pleasant co-workers, but some conflicts between engineers and upper management

      Jun 23, 2012 - Engineering Intern in Brampton, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great working environment - Interesting projects (such as the Canadarm, Canadarm II, autonomous space robotics) - Pretty nice office

      Cons

      When I was working there (as an intern), the engineers went on a "strike" due to relatively low pay (although for an intern, I believe the pay was reasonable - I'm not too sure what the full time pay was like). Engineers are not unionized, so technically it was not a strike, rather a walk out. This lasted for about 2 months. This demonstrates there is some tension between regular engineering employees and upper management.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Software Engineer

      Jul 12, 2017 - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      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.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Interesting work, treated generically as a replaceable line unit

      Jun 20, 2011 - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High Quality Software Engineering work. Private Offices Food on site (even if it isn't very good) Can bank extra hours worked for time off

      Cons

      Very low pay. Broken commitments / promises from HR and managers. Below local inflation annual pay increases when you get a good or excellent performance review. Very cold / strict senior management / HR policies. No real effort made to keep departing staff with better job offers.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      super interesting projects that keep you interested and proud, good place for training and master your skills

      Aug 22, 2011 - Data Manager in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good benefit package, good training grounds

      Cons

      low pay in comparison with other organizations, big divide between the engineers and non-engineers, advancements and perks are always handed to the first group, no opportunities for advancement for the support staff

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