InterDigital Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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InterDigital President, CEO, and Director William J. Merritt
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  1. good to produce papers/patents but not a right place to design actual products

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Compressive Sensing in Melville, NY
    Former Intern - Compressive Sensing in Melville, NY

    I worked at InterDigital as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    close to New York City but not located in the City to avoid the City income tax

    Cons

    no good lunch place and really far away from any restaurants

    Advice to Management

    good to produce papers/patents but not a right place to design actual products


  2. Amazing people; new executives destructive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Equivalent in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Management Equivalent in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a family atmosphere. The compensation is way above average for the area. Good benefits, although those have been declining somewhat. The people I worked with were great - smart, not into politics, made it easy to go to work.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty all the time. Too many layoffs. Management constantly changing strategy (like usual, even though they put in a new team). The lawyers rule everything. The place is a law firm. Lawyers looked down on engineering. If you're an engineer, don't bother applying unless you don't mind selling your soul. HR is the worst I've ever seen. Constant mistakes. Document EVERYTHING.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stay on it.


  3. Needs to Provide Material Rewards and Work Life Balance to all Levels of Associates

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Empowered to improve processes, implement new concepts, take leadership roles, develop ideas. Pleasant working environment, associates friendly.

    Cons

    Professional accomplishments unrecognized/not rewarded. Lacks a productive employee career plan. Work-life balance enjoyed, but many are not permitted same benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a career development tool for all employees and implement to ensure professional growth AND advancement. Provide a material rewards program to all employees. Recognize and value all employees (in addition to engineers, attorneys and senior management) within the organization to improve morale and productivity.


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  5. Great place to work but in Suburbs

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative work environment. You are encouraged to do research and produce your own ideas. Competitive salary and benefits. Staff is mostly friendly.

    Cons

    You have to work in suburbs. Even though these days almost all the tech companies located in the suburbs. But if you are single person who would like to have a life outside of the work, it is very difficult to have a balanced life.


  6. Patent or Perish!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and bonuses well above industry average
    Work on cutting-edge wireless
    Job security for authors/co-authors of numerous patent applications
    Mostly good people to work with
    Relaxed working environment (typically no product deadlines)

    Cons

    Hard to advance past Member Technical Staff for engineers
    Has a reputation as a patent troll
    Limited transparency of executive decision making down to employees

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive the business through engineering innovation instead of purely patent driven decisions. Good engineering will always create value in some form.


  7. Need some talented higher management to drive this place

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment,
    open research environment

    Cons

    R&D not applicable that much to product development
    The company is trying to invest in many small projects and this make it not specialized in any thing in particular

    Advice to Management

    Unclear vision for most of the employers on where the company is heading and its future. Management should make this message clear.


  8. Good pay for very senior level engineers and managers, poor pay to junior engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at InterDigital

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for very senior level engineers and managers

    Cons

    poor pay to junior engineers


  9. Good money for the work hours.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY

    I have been working at InterDigital

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a very relaxed pace of work, good base salaries, good bonus and compensation, freindly atmosphere, job stability, very good work- life balance

    Cons

    insufficeint technical challenge, poor middle management who does not care about proffesional and carrer growth, most people are near retirement- very few young and dynamic people. Dfifficult to change groups- easy to be stuck in a rut

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the fat!. This is a top heavy organisation. Add more young engineers. Make promotions more uniform. Allow people to change groups


  10. Small in Montreal, mostly professional in the area more than 5 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at InterDigital

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small, friendly, people know the stuff well

    Cons

    Not enough brand name power compare to Nokia, Ecricsson.

    Advice to Management

    bring more interns and get them have a full view of the company instead of just the sector they are working on. Too specialized for a student.


  11. Helpful (2)

    InterDigital needs some cleanup at Senior Management level

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY

    I have been working at InterDigital

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is small company. So the environment is very competitive. Engineers are one of the smartest engineers. Benefits given to engineer are sometimes are good. Every innovation is paid a lot for. Contributions are valued a lot. you can be a large fish in small pond very fast. Diverse group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks direction. In fact entire upper management team lacks direction.
    Number of meetings are way high. Which makes is less productive space.
    All Allhands meetings presentation, more-or-less look "identical"

    Hiring HR Stinks. Upper management doesn't seem to realize that they miss a lot of good ppl who want to work with this company because of the hiring manager.

    Advice to Management

    They need to clean up themselves. a lot of junk folks. Remove some patent hungry folks.



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