REI Systems

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REI Systems Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
78 Reviews
2.8
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REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya
Veer Bhartiya
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, nice working environment (in 7 reviews)

  • If u stay a long time and if they like you the benefits are good (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of core working hours, so that folks can plan their daily activities better (in 6 reviews)

  • After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sweatshop Masquerading as Government Contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flex hours
    - Can work from home occasionally, if pre-arranged with supervisor

    Cons

    - Unimaginative management.
    - Poor HR department.
    - Abysmal in-house communications.
    - Clients are never wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Realize that REI is no longer a small business.
    - Hire managers with American know-how, who don't act like slaves in front of government clients.
    - Stop lying to employees and treating them like idiots.
    - Revamp the HR department to be a professional, pro-employee (instead of exclusively pro-management) organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location.
    Benefits.
    bagel Friday
    big kitchen
    happy feet running club.

    Cons

    Poor management , poor work culture , favouritism. One has to develop good relations out of work to be in good books with the managers so that you can have peaceful life.
    You are taken for granted to work on weekends and late night atleast for most of the projects.
    Relatives and friends of the executive team are in the manager positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Americans to be your resource managers. Replace everyone in the management with American managers so that work culture improves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros are stable (so I thought) employment and steady work. Very smart CEO and technology is very advanced.

    Cons

    Lack of even a single African American in Management since company inception, if I say more it will be easy to know who I am so suffice it to say I am very unhappy .No promotion to good loyal employees, only friends and family get promoted. I was never promoted my entire time there, suffered discriminatory actions against me many times and even though it was brought to HR three times nothing was ever done, believe it or not. I was lied to repeatedly and generally treated very poorly by people there for far less time than I was, the manager of my team spent more time home than in the office and played favorites and ignored my hard work. I gave my best effort which never seemed to be enough until I discovered I was born with the wrong color skin and then I was able to see clearly. I was lied to repeatedly both in front of my face and behind my back and suffice it to say, I am unhappy about my time there and would not recommend this as a place to work unless you are able to have a thick skin, the managers are very hard driving and low complementing. I am glad I am elsewhere now because discrimination is real there. Those from the Northern part of India have it best there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New managers who actually care about their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Think twice before joining this company

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good location and THAT'S IT.

    Cons

    If you have some self-esteem you should think ten times before joining this company. Bad management (from top to bottom) to the core. Most of the managers you will get chance to work with don't care about you spending some quality time with your family. This company preaches work life balance but don't follow it. Not to mention all the favoritism that is shown by these managers to the people who loves to say 'YES' to their every demand. If you go against their will then only god can save you. If you survive working in this company under their evil management, you can survive anywhere in this universe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up your eyes and mind and seriously start looking after the well being of your (non-managerial level) employees. They deserve better for all the hard work they are putting in on day to day basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep away

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cannot find any. Even required 5 words. I didn't meet before such lack of respect to employees.

    Cons

    Not american company. Ugly work ethic, poor management, working overtime is a must. I wonder why people still stay there?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Disrespect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    REI systems

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

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great co workers
    Flexible hours
    Low morale

    Cons

    No Promotion
    Promotes only friends and family

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    location is good for my commute and the health benefits are nice

    Cons

    The management is not knowledgeable in the areas of the employees that they supervise. They under utilize then complain you are not productive. Not allowed to take initiative to find work to fill your time either because they see this as going over your manager's head and involving yourself in things you have no business being involved in. Task directions are vague and use a lot of fluff. When you try to cut through the BS to figure out what you are really being asked to do they act like you are incompetent. They say they are diverse but they are not. You better be from India to be successful and given a chance here. I have been a senior leadership position in my past positions but was criticized for making recommendations here after two months because I am too new. Anything that you point out that they could do better just makes them defensive and you get criticized for not appreciating the REI Way and organization and culture (which they think is so unique and wonderful). Do not dare bring past experiences or lessons learned or best practices here. They don't want to hear it because they think they are unique. They rather rebuild the wheel. The President is wonderful but about to retire. Unfortunately, his VP do not display his values and walk all over him. I tried escalating an issue with my supervisor and failed horribly. I talked directly to my manager and then tried going to the next level manager. He didn't even listen to me and then told my manager I complained so I got screamed at the next day. So I went to HR. They supposedly did an "official investigation" but despite all the written documentation I provided through emails and lync conversations, nothing came from it. They left it to the higher manager to determine what to do and he decided to change nothing. They would not allow me to work with anyone instead of or in addition to who I already work with therefore giving me no chance to get feedback from anyone else. The manager and HR met with me and only provided a written list of personal character attacks on me. When I begged to please read my documentation the only response I received was a criticism of my meeting note format (which by the way was the company template). I was told that taking meeting notes makes it appear as if I am trying to prepare a case against them....maybe I should. So be productive but don't ask for work, repeat tasking to ensure you are on the same page with your manager but don't take notes. And do not dare report anything to anyone about one of the loyal employees in the click. Everyone I know working on this contract has left the office at least twice in tears. I attempted to just clarify a company policy that was told to us by HR during orientation which my supervisor stated differently when I attempted to use the policy and was criticized for not respecting my supervisor and trusting their instruction. However, turns out my supervisor was wrong and my clarification allowed me to be able to take leave I otherwise would not have been able to. But I have been directed that going forward I am expected to blindly follow my supervisors instruction ... no thinking for yourself or discussion allowed here. This click runs the show and no one dares to question them or go against them ... not any employee, not HR, not even the President.

    I was told that I did not quality for a position and therefore accepted a lower salary for supposedly a lower position. However, when I got here I was given the position that I did not quality for and more to do. When I questioned this being a lower position, I was told that it was never intended to be a lower position. I am supposedly in this position temporarily because of an audit in my permanent department but when the audit was over and there was an opening I requested to move into the position and was told how dare you ask to be moved into another position when you haven't even succeeded in the one you have.

    Company profit is on a steady decline for the last two years and they are finding it difficult to win new work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your VP because being a good manager and financially beneficial for the company does not make you a good leader. The entire team is unhappy, frustrated, and ready to leave. Morale will increase, employees will stay, and costs will decrease.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Relatives Company - No scope to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Bagel Friday
    Technical Folks who are great.

    Cons

    Most of the positions are for relatives who know each other. After office activity is a must to be in the good books of the manager. You need not be talented to be promoted to a manger level. Just be a relative and you are automatically promoted. Most of them are highly undesirable. They make you sweat for all wrong reasons. There is no proper communication and clarity in any role. Everyday you need to compete with others (with mangers) to prove you are worth of something. There is most of the times a hostile environment that drives everyone nuts.

    There is no appreciation of work. No chance to grow and there is absolutely no way to suggest something that everyone agrees. Multiple line of managers who are fit for nothing. Save yourself from working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no point to write anything about management. They listen to only relatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE!!!! Frustratingly indecisive and incapable senior and mid-level leadership - Their words don't mean anything

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place for incapable people dumped in the market by Booz Allen and ICF. The club of losers has survived under the leadership of COO while the capable hires remain in flux. The COO tries very hard to retain people who believe the COO is always right. That's because he himself has survived that way under the CIO who is another leader whose words of commitment don't mean much. They are just bunch of workers who accidentally fell into leadership position. They admit it themselves in their leadership meetings that they never expected to grow to 300+ employee company. People who believe that the senior leadership cares for them are either naive or not exposed to the discussions at the leadership level, or probably have not worked for better American corporations ever. Senior leadership is busy warming up their chairs in their respective offices while rest of the staff suffers while awaiting their permanent residency (Green Card). Retained employees who are in desperate need for Green Card are mistaken for staff retention. This is how the senior leadership is good at spinning facts based on their own convenience. They are yet to figure out if they are fooling the employees or fooling themselves.

    Cons

    1. Absolutely incapable crass leadership from CEO to Project Managers
    2. Rest of the employees are equally bad (birds of same feather flocked together); They cannot hire any better. If accidentally they do, they either cannot retain those employees or harass the employee to death. So they leave
    3. Don't get bought into their sales pitch about them being innovators; their innovation trails behind by 20 years
    4. They do not appreciate the skills and experience of new hires until you prove your "loyalty" to them by either falling on their feet (Indian tradition) during company events or by being a "Yes" man
    5. Account Managers and Program Managers are worse than the project managers in terms of skills; so please do not expect the Project Managers to perform any better
    6. Don't make a mistake of, or rather dare to, escalate performance issues of employees who have been in the company for long and belong to the "LOYAL" class. You will be lynched and abandoned as outcast
    7. The senior leadership believes they are good at technology. Their self image smacks of arrogance and ignorance at the same time
    8. They survive on cheap commodity work - nothing wrong with that. There's work for all kinds of companies in Federal Government. But don't claim what you are not a.k.a. a large company bringing innovation to the Government
    9. Senior management makes false commitments to new hires during the time of interview and conveniently forgets later
    10. Human Resource Team is absolutely inept and incapable. They have no spine to stand up against abuses and unethical practices in this company. Human Resources get overridden by all powerful slaves of the COO and the CIO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. It's high time the CIO shed his artificial skin and stop pretending; his true colors are very different than what he appears to be in public
    2. The COO has to stop pretending as a leader -- all his dog and pony show of "Built to Last" and "Good to Great" are just a foolish attempt; stop overselling and lying about your accomplishments; some of your employees and people outside are not fools. They can see the truth.
    3. If you really care about employee retention and hiring good employees to do better as a respectable organization, ask your absolutely crass breed of home grown Account Managers, Program Managers, and other leaders/managers to just sit aside and learn from fresh breed of leaders from outside. The home grown breed just do not have the skills to match up to the competition. Buying books from Amazon and preaching from few pages of the book will not turn them around as leaders. All they have is arrogance and ability to make a fool of themselves
    4. Else just admit that you want to continue with your incapable team and continue to exist the way you are; don't spin the facts to yourself that you get published in magazine and accept it as rosy reality. Everyone knows how the published facts are derived.
    4. Turn around your discriminatory environment to treat people who don't worship the CIO/COO or act like their slave or spook, with some respect. They have better talent in them than your slaves or "LOYAL" employees. The employees are submissive as slaves for a reason -- they cannot survive any other way
    5. WATCH OUT!!!! All your young talent is about to leave in hoards if you continue with your crass leadership team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company for good honest contributing professionals will have very short span of life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Administrative in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Administrative in Herndon, VA

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not much in terms of either a good unix or technology shop. Claims of it being long term employer applies only who are able to abuse others & pamper management.

    Cons

    Abusive managers who are allowed to fire good contributors within minutes. Higher Management has pampered those who have not contributed much technically to the shop. Company with technologies of 1990's. Being a small company, how can CEO escape this fact about the Company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no way Management can assure its health as long as they cannot spot abusers & crass violaters in their Seniors & remove them. Till then, it will remain a shop which is current only up to technologies of 2000 in the year of 2014.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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