MDA Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Nov 27, 2020

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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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place, Dream Job with supportive and friendly people.

      Nov 27, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
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      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.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good employer

      Sep 17, 2020 - Business Development Manager in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      The company has a good work environment and has very knowledgeable engineers. Leader in the space sector.

      Cons

      Salaries are not that great.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee

      General

      Jan 9, 2020 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Excellent work environment and work life balance.

      Cons

      Can’t think of any con.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      May 25, 2019 - Software Development Engineer in Richmond, BC
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      Pros

      Interesting work. Exceptional managers; they're supportive and encourage personal and professional growth, and try to place you not only where you perform best but also where you want to be. Flexible work environment (office hours, telecommuting, etc). Smart people, many of mentor type quality in the senior ranks. Honest attempts to utilize modern technology and software development practices where possible. Plenty of opportunity to be social if you're into that. A previous review stated "no research and development"... I guess they never walked past the open area in the middle of the second floor

      Cons

      Morale seems occasionally low, but that is expected with change

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Senior Software Developer

      Apr 12, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great working environment, getting exposure to a "new to me" programming language. The project has some challenges, just the stuff you'd expect at a larger, security-conscious company. I get to work with a great team of people, and have a good manager. We have good rapport all around, and help solve each other's problems. The project itself also provides some good challenges.

      Cons

      Just some of the security hurdles as mentioned above. We have ways of working within the limits, so it just means a bit of extra effort.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Working at MDA

      Aug 9, 2019 - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
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      Pros

      Challenging domains and flexible work environment.

      Cons

      The salary compensation is below average.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      IT Team Manager

      Jan 31, 2019 - IT Team Manager in Halifax, NS
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      Pros

      Flexible work hours and casual work environment

      Cons

      Great technical work but customers can establish tight deadlines to deliver

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    8. 4.0
      Current Intern

      Co-op Student Intern

      Nov 13, 2018 - Anonymous Intern 
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      Pros

      -Students gain insight on space industry as a whole -Engaging work environment -Students learn to use software for business and how a business on a large scale operates regarding funding, organization of information, etc. -MDA offers a flexible worktime -Management very relaxed and approachable

      Cons

      No cons I can think of

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great people make good companies

      Nov 12, 2018 - Buildin Operation Manager in Montreal, QC
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      Pros

      Passionate employees makes MDA a motivating environment to work in. Most of the structure and process are lean and very efficient considering the field of the business. MDA offers a work environment which is an example to follow.

      Cons

      Aerospace is a bumpy business

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      MDA seems to have turned itself around

      Dec 15, 2015 - Junior Software Engineer in Richmond, BC
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      Pros

      Coworkers friendly, great work environment. No overtime, but any extra hours worked can be either paid out or used to take time off. This is tracked. Three weeks vacation for an entry level job is great. Company offers many groups and activities for staff to participate in. Recently, increased effort to ensure engineers have a defined career path and career advancement isn't simply lip service. Flexible working hours. Private or shared offices for most staff. Good health plan. Offers subsidized in-house training courses for subjects both specific to radar as well as more generally. Good company to get your feet wet in the business and see how software and systems engineering is done.

      Cons

      Base pay is still a little low for starting engineers, although getting straight pay for extra hours worked offsets this. Must do your time to get promoted. Salary transparency is discouraged. Pseudo vitality curve ranking system for engineers.

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