REI Systems

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REI Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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REI Systems President & CEO 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    An IT sweatshop

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I worked at REI Systems

    Pros

    There were a few people with really good technical talent that I had a pleasure of working with.

    Cons

    Incompetent and abusive managers. Very poor work life balance. Managers set a very high standard for their employees which is in a way kind of good. The problem is they don't set the same level of standard for themselves. They blame their subordinates for their own abysmal project plan and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful whom you choose for management roles. Just having a good personal relationship with a person should not be the reason to promote him or her to management position. If you genuinely care about the long term good of your company, make a little more effort in finding the right talent instead of settling for a mediocre person that you are comfortable working with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for Everybody

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers; management values continuous education. The office space is outstanding. Employees generally have very good cooperative relationships with an attitude of mutual support.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional. If you are an Indian male you have a better chance for recognition and advancement. The company which is located in Loudon County, is more than 50 percent Indian and you cant do that by accident. The Indian team members are "trusted" the rest are seen as "necessary evils". The upper management are out of their depth and the company's mediocre growth is a symptom of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Owners retire so that a competent management team can make the necessary changes in operations.

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

    Stay away !!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Friends , Happy feet club, Toast masters club, benefits

    Cons

    Resource managers here donot know how to manage people.
    You will never be treated with respect. You will be yelling, name calling, politics .

    Long work hours due to poor planning .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to train your Resource managers with basic 101 on people management and resource planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unethical and disrespectful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Good medical insurance
    Some very talented individuals
    Good relationship with existing customers

    Cons

    No order or process of doing things. No rules in software development. Managers don't understand or value software development best practices. They just want things done to make up their unrealistic promises with the customer. Things break and then they get mad. Not realizing that they have themselves to blame for mismanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus has been on employee retention from senior management. However, mid level managers are not helping.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managers ever!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Delivery/QA in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Software Delivery/QA in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Federal govt projects,so gives you stability

    Cons

    This place is good for people who don't mind being bullied by Managers.People who have stayed 10 + years in the firm have all grown up the hierarchy and become Managers.Most of them are not proficient enough in English(verbal or written)managers have 0 Managerial skills and extremely poor soft skills.they could yell at any subordinates every other day for silly reasons.There is no process and Manager changes/manipulates the process as per his wish .This is RIDICULOUS and need to stop in case you want to save old employees.

    REI is very could at giving loft designations verbally and make you slog to their utmost potential..However that position will never come to you on paper...

    Senior Management does not take any action against these monstrous Managers who actually could suck up all your blood...!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action on your Managers...they are honestly not up to the mark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad management and stressful life

    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    You do get chance to learn new things in first few months of your tenure at REI

    Cons

    PMs do not care, how much ever you work, they always expect employee to work for more than 10 hrs a day.

    Life here sucks... you cannot spend a single evening with your family, you get calls when on vacation or offline from communicator..

    there are lot of senior people, who are in the company for 8+ years, they think employees are slaves.. keep putting pressure on employees, and keep them ALWAYS under stress..

    Lot of blame games and politics, few people have developed out of office relationships with the seniors, they do not work at all and keep bitching about peers / fellow employees to the PMs / resource managers.

    Generally people are hied for associate position and the company tries to keep them on low salary as many days as possible.

    Timesheets are also a pain here, as full time employees have to justify every minute of their work like contractors. In order to get full salary at the end of the pay period, every employee has to justify each and every minute of their work hrs spent.

    After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers.

    Do not expect bonus, if you get an award in the same year. According to REI management
    Performance excellence monetary award / referral money / Yearly bonus are all the some, all the employees get only one of the above in an year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the environment of slavery and let people grow. all managers needs to improve.
    Culture should change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Stepping Stone

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are good people to work with and are rather intelligent.

    Cons

    Management at the program manager level is horrible. Make ridiculous commitments to customers for which the engineers have to break their backs to meet. When these ridiculous commitments are actually met, who is rewarded for it? The managers....not the engineers are rewarded for meeting these goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your engineers! They are the ones that actually do the work....not the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

    • 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

    Pros

    - very friendly coworkers
    - you will meet few very smart people
    - upper management is hands on and tries to re-enforce a healthy culture
    - depending on the project, you will get exposed and experienced

    Cons

    -on most projects , 40 hr weeks do not cut it , you need to put 50-60 hrs to be in good terms with the managers, leaving after working 8 hrs will raise eyebrows around you.
    - on most projects, it is expected that you work on weekends when necessary, your personal time WILL be sacrificed to impress the client, you are expected to embrace this culture
    - if you don't know how much you are worth in the market, they will take advantage of you
    - if the PM over promised the client , you will pay the price to fulfill unrealistic expectations. you will have to put your personal time to cover up for the PMs mistakes, some PMs will also try to make it your fault so you feel obliged to work 80 hr weeks to catch up.
    - PMs usually only care about the project profit to impress the upper managers, although not uncommon, but it goes to the extreme.
    - Sometimes you will feel like an independent contractor where no one cares about your career path or well being .
    - maybe around 8 out of 10 employees are on H1 visa, that influences the work culture and salaries (usually h1 visa employees are more desperate and tolerate abuse in terms of work hrs or compensation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level managers need serious work, and do not expect your employees to stay loyal to the company if they feel abused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    favoritism and unprofessional

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company has long term contracts and has been in business for a long time. Employees are friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't talk to leads to get honest feedback. You will get feedback from employees not leads.

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

    Work work work Lots of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool environment to work. Flexible in work schedule.

    Cons

    60 hours of work week... Very disorganized teams.,,, team members are not cooperative and the manager doesn't care about the togetherness of the team.... just happy as long as the task is done....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent and not the number of years on paper

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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