iDirect Technologies

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iDirect Technologies Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    We need a lot of changes

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

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is good. The company has been up and running for 20 years which only means it was a good company.

    For junior engineers, iDirect is a good starting place to learn both technical skills and office politics, due to its high physical and mental pressure.

    Cons

    1. Low base salary like it offers always.
        Bonus was good at 20%, however due to rapid loss of revenue, we only received 2% in this year.

    2. iDirect won a big project several years ago which is the start of all the chaos today. A lot of new engineers were hired at loose interviewing process.
        Due to the inexperience of the management team and a series of bad decisions made by the senior management, the project is now delayed for 1-2 years and en route of failure.The delayed new product is causing loss of once-loyal customers and revenue.

    3. People is leaving iDirect because of the dark future, the low pay and high workload, and the politics. Many of the engineers left are technically important which can't be replaced shortly. This has worsen the situation of the failing project.

    4. The company is over-hierarchied causing lots of overhead as well as confusions.

    5. Unlike the past, the company is now driven by a group of management people who don't understand the products iDirect develops.
        Roughly half of the technical managers (who only manage 3, 4 engineers on hands-on product development) have no idea about how satellite system works, even though they go from meeting to meeting everyday just to make them visible.

    6. Satellite technology is not as cool as it sounds. It is actually made of a mix of sophisticated (outdated) technologies due to its high requirements of reliability and stability. For entry-levels, it is impossible to learn here the cutting-edge techniques and skills.

    7. Many other big companies like Google, Facebook, SpaceX had already started its satellite projects or replacement projects. iDirect will face the most fearful challenges in the next few years. Are we ready for it? Sadly no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have to be realistic and stay focus only on the core business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expected to work long hours and weekends for no extra compensation

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

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Being involved with lots of new technology. Friendly environment and nice coworkers. Management is well intentioned even when they make plenty of planning mistakes.

    Cons

    Expected to work 60+ hours every week for several months without extra compensation. Projects are late and managers are in panic/firefighting mode with lot of inefficient decisions. I would not recommend the company to my friends eventhough I would get a $5K referral bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan projects better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad Place to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Lots to learn about the satellite communication industry.
    You get to do more than you think. a good experience learned here.
    Some good smart colleagues around.

    Cons

    Some Managers/directors act like kids driving engineers to leave the place.
    Unfairness and disrespect to employees.
    HR department is not for the employees. I feel the place like a big gangster company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the company growth first before your personal growth.
    Put a process and follow it for god's sake.
    Be fair on applying your promotion guidelines on all employees.
    If 5 engineers left in less than a year complaining about a director. Most likey they are right HR!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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