MDA Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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, less than 1 year

      Very Good, overall

      Apr 16, 2020 - Senior Systems Engineer 
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      Pros

      I have been with the company for less than a year. Exciting work. Work with competent people. Lots to learn from everyone. The company has been taking care of their employees during this pandemic, which is very commendable. Good benefits and fair salaries.

      Cons

      Sometimes too much communication from upper management (too many all hands even before the pandemic) and too little communication on short term operations from lower management.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

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

      Jan 10, 2021 - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
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      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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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Poorly Managed Company

      Oct 21, 2020 - Manager in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are good people working there

      Cons

      Lack of support from upper management

      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 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
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      (HFX) New Hires - Be Warned

      Dec 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Dartmouth, NS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Great Pay * Decent benefits * Seems like some parts of the workforce are good to work with

      Cons

      * Horrendously disorganized * Massive purge of upper management occurred to detoxify the culture * Remaining middle management still saturated with abusive and toxic people * Absolutely no on-boarding for new employees, basically given a laptop and expected to be productive on day two. * Outrageous expectations to immediately be productive on massive projects without any on-boarding or guidance * Extremely confused management layer * Expectations set in interviews were misleading or completely false * New hires thrust into absolute disaster projects

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      9 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good company but struggling to figure out what it is about.

      Apr 5, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great, dedicated people. Interesting projects and tech.

      Cons

      A lot of confusion about identity and churn in mid-upper management.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Director, Contracts

      Apr 2, 2018 - Director, Contracts Management in Richmond, BC
      Recommend
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      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.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    8. 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
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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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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Old toxic culture, 1980 IT department style.

      Apr 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
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      Pros

      Very challenging yet exciting complex projects to work on, project managers are the best to work with, talanted, motivated, dedicated and open minded

      Cons

      Old toxic culture, Union culture by all means , close mindness, seniority is the main thing that matters regardless of efficiency or productivity, the motto is to work with what we have which makes it very challenging to people who think outside the box and want to make things better. Employees are never engaged in any of the upper management decisions.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Outdated, bureaucratic beast with incompetent management

      Sep 25, 2017 - Systems Administrator in Saint-Hubert, QC
      Recommend
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      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.

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      15 people found this review helpful
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