iDirect – Herndon, VA
The Principal Software Engineer is one of the most senior technical positions in the Remote Terminal Applications group. This position will work… iDirect
iDirect – Herndon, VA
iDirect is looking for an experienced software engineer who will implement, test and integrate network management software to control large networks… iDirect
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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 It is actually made of a mix of sophisticated (outdated) technologies due to its high requirements of reliability and stability.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 RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO