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COM DEV International Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at COM DEV International

    Pros

    - Unique business touching vast majority of satellites in space
    - Worldwide (good) reputation
    - Great collegues, some really good technical people, fairly good managers, overall good environment
    - International workforce
    - Decent salary

    Cons

    - Sometimes too reactive approach to issues, creating some furstration and stress in employees
    - Rather slow professional growth, conservative attitude to mobility
    - Benefits package could be improved or at least give more flexibility
    - International workforce not adequately reflected in management
    - Boring surroundings out of the GTA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Give more freedom to young and technical people, consider more work flexibility

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management, management, management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at COM DEV International

    Pros

    So much potential for a great place to work - relaxed and casual work environment, new facilities, work-life balance (generally), flexibility to take technology and business in new directions and essentially a sole-source supplier to their primary customer, sustaining core business for years to come.

    Cons

    Hopeless management. Management is a small clique of mostly old friends. Nothing wrong with starting with what/who you know. But if that's not working, find the right person for the job. The constant reshuffle of the same people with new job titles over and over again tells the rank and file you don't know what you're doing and nothing is going to get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COM DEV USA needs some new faces at the senior management level. Hiring your old buddies isn't inspiring confidence in the workforce. Start in Sales/Bus Dev. How long do you get to not win some real new business?

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that believes it has a Vision but is 15 years behind

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a reasonable place to work before restructuring with the intention to outsource their internal technology. Never a place I had planned to continue working but it was ok.

    Cons

    Incompetence abounds. Most notably at the Sr. Mgmt and executive levels. But the reviews on here about IT are completely correct. I have never experienced such a place before and am happy to have left it. It's a soul-sucking environment and is in the process of outsourcing all it's software development to India. So, staff can't get the software they need to work effectively and are punished because of it.

    The structural changes led to many, many people being terminated without cause. The people leading the restructuring have zero capacity to understand people and their motivation. They also have zero experience with outsourcing and believe India to be a salvation for managing expense. I'm glad I don't have shares in the company, because I see them going no place but down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves...and/or get some training in management practices. The whip is not an effective motivator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will never recommend anybody for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Show off as we are best company, in actual worst company.
    Takes weeks for small projects as they have to go from 1 review to other and so on.
    Nobody thinks about employees

    Cons

    Lowest salaries in region.
    Politics all around.
    If manager doesn't like you then no matter how good you are he will find excuse to fire you.
    No future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice for this company.

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

    its a job....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advanced Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at COM DEV International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - not much overtime
    - some good processes in place - in terms of manufacturing
    - can learn a lot from co-workers
    - looks like a cool place to work- from the outside looking in

    Cons

    - slow to no career development
    - management doesn't take input from employees- and the general approach is reactive rather then pro-active. Lots of finger pointing.
    -pay is average to below average
    - training for employee improvement doesn't exist
    - culture at the company generally sucks. If your looking to park and wait- this is the place to be

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

    Politics, inflexible to new ideas, chaotic and poorly managed

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

    I have been working at COM DEV International full-time

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - reasonable, fair pay
    - not much OT

    Cons

    - overly political
    - not much room for career advancement
    - too many people who screw around
    - management doesn't manage, they assign tasks
    - too many flavors of the month
    - employees are not appreciated for work
    - very risk averse
    - nobody listens to what anyone says
    - finger pointing blame game culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage, add structure, stay aware and recognize the truth of the way things are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work place. Good Benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Industry. People. Salary. Professional.

    Cons

    Risky industry. Out of GTA.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a Social Game

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

    I have been working at COM DEV International

    Pros

    - No body is watching you
    - If you live in Cambridge, it's a close drive
    - Some really good people

    Cons

    - It's a social game and in order to get any where you have to be very good at sucking up to the guys on top
    - This place is ran by a boys club
    - Do not expect any appreciation....all upper management is just looking for the proper paper work in order to get their own bonuses. They are only in it for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and hire experienced managers who will respect their employees and not manage the companies off personal greed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's all politics...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at COM DEV International

    Pros

    * I work for a good manager
    * I've been able to progress through the ranks fairly quickly
    * Department supports a good work-life balance with many remoting options
    * Interesting work

    Cons

    * Concerns that are raised to management are dismissed without action. This includes concerns about ergonomics, efficiencies, structure
    * Very political - The landscape is like a political minefield. You have to be careful what you say to who because that information may be used against someone later. There are decisions that make no sense, but are made for political reasons (we have departments that exist because of political reasons)
    * Information is not shared, this is everything from important communications, the structure of the company (can't even tell who is someone's manager without asking them)
    * Information is disorganized, it's all over the place, there's no plan for handling information and everyone is pretty much allowed to do their own thing
    * People who do not have skills to do particular jobs are in fact doing these jobs, and getting promoted. they are then holding back progress in these areas because they dogmatically stick to the way they were doing things (even though anyone with skill would just laugh at them)
    * Management has very little respect for employees. This is iconified by the current president of COM DEV International Products. He has been known to make subversive comments to get the things he wants.
    * The easiest way to get a raise/promotion is to say you're leaving, or kiss a lot of management @$$
    * Salary review and Performance Appraisal is a joke because there is no transparency and what HR says about both seems to change every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut through all the political non-sense.

    Restructure the support departments from the top-down. Finance, HR, and other supporting departments should be moved out of CDIP since they are also supporting the other divisions. Move them into the "cloud" so they can be accounted for properly.

    Hire a CIO. The information systems at COM DEV are limited by many factors, but the main one is a lack of vision. We have divisions and departments buying software without understanding the true costs of running such systems. The costs of infrastructure, integration and support.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    I loved the great projects but hated the way that the company treated their employees as fodder.

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

    I worked at COM DEV International

    Pros

    Interesting projects make the days work satisfying. I have met a lot of great people there as well as gained some valuable experience.

    Cons

    The general consensus is that all work has to be three times. The first time the work is done it is rejected because you were not given enough information. The second time it was rejected because you are given the wrong information. The third time it passes, but now it can start into the revision process.
    Nothing is done quickly at COM DEV. Everything must be passed by endless reviews that are conducted by reviewers that wait until the job is almost complete before even get involved in the project ( They should be involved as the project develops).
    Several times I was just treated as fodder in the company. Being removed from a project just because that department wanted to remove overhead regardless of the fact that you are the only person with that expertise on the project. Then the department would raid that expertise from another department who would be doing the work on overtime.
    I offered many times to put the company in touch with specialists who could work with them to help their processes but it always fell on deaf ears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop teams that are fully engaged in projects. In this way your reviewing process becomes a just a sign off or a safety net for minor errors, not a complete overhaul of the work that has happened up to that point. Revise your processes for synergy not roadblocks.
    Do your research up front to get the correct information so that you only do the job once.
    The people that need to leave are the people who are not changing with the times not the employees that want to help the company get better.

    Doesn't Recommend

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