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InterDigital Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
30 Reviews
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InterDigital President, CEO, and Director William J. Merritt
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  1.  

    Interesting research opportunites coupled with poor job security.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits coupled with a good work life balance. The engineering staff is highly skilled and includes some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Layoffs and other RIFs are too common - occurring roughly every 2 to 3 years. InterDigital moves from one technology to the next every few years and in doing so, replaces existing workers with new hires who are up to speed on the new areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with your technology programs for longer periods instead of pulling the plug prematurely. Give greater say in executive decisions to technical experts instead of relying on patent lawyers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent technical workforce hampered by ineffective senior management.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits combined with a work environment in which it is easy to attain a good work/life balance. The engineering workforce is very talented and the company is involved in some exciting wireless R&D projects.

    Cons

    Job security is poor - layoffs occur every frequently because the company hires people for new projects which are then abandoned within 2-3 years. Middle managers are more concerned with maintaining their place in the food chain rather than doing what's good for the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A thorough housecleaning is in order. The CEO and board of directors need to be replaced with people who actually understand the wireless industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer

    I worked at InterDigital

    Pros

    Most co-workers are great; a few are dead weight.
    Reasonable pay
    Flexible working arrangements (although this is getting more restrictive now)
    First-level management mostly cares about their people (that's changing too)

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance (company doesn't care if it works you to death)
    Upper management has no regard or respect from employees
    Typical political correctness from HR, but it's all a smoke-screen to hide lack of employee regard
    Poor employee morale due to management practices
    Declining level of benefits, at ever higher prices
    Company is not an innovator; just follows the market and focus is on low price, not quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the company's success is due to the hard work and creativity of your employees, NOT your tired and worn-out strategies and me-too policies. If you want the company to turn around, stop focusing solely on costs and start treating your people like the professionals they are; support them and encourage innovation and create an environment where the morale can improve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need change in Management

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Melville, NY

    I have been working at InterDigital

    Pros

    One of the pros with InterDigital is the opportunity that people get to work on latest technologies. There is lot of freedom to move from one area of work to another within the company.

    Cons

    There is no concept of work-life balance for people working in the product teams. Working for 6 days a week with really long hours each day is quite common. These crunch times lasted up to one to two years instead of a few weeks/months which is the norm in many technology companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    InterDigital started product development, hired a team and laid of people and repeated this process three times in the last 9 years. It should put more thought into what it wants to do in the product space before actually hiring the people and bring in people with product experience into the exec team. It is completely reliant on patents that are either silly or are good but about to expire for all the revenue and this can not be the long term plan of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at InterDigital

    Pros

    Small Company. Nice compensation. Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Growth prospects nil. No recognition to small fish. Full of Directors/VPs
    Executive management lacks direction and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the meetings and discontinue using powerpoint slides during All hands meeting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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