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Average at best. If you're competent at what you do, you have far better options.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

* Very flexible office hours, you can come and go as you please as long as you get things done (with some managers). * Good medical benefits for the company size. * There are a few people in the company who are great at what they do. If you end up working there, find out who they are and stick with them; your life will be easier.

Cons

* Pays about 5-10k less than the average for software development positions in this area. The main figures on this site might be padded towards the high end, but you'll find out for sure if they make you an offer. * More fear with new technologies than innovation, and it leads to a lot of wasted effort in development and testing. * Falling behind with "cutting edge" technology. They're currently moving to .NET 3.5, but hardly anyone knows the framework and most are still programming from a non-OO perspective. * Project managers were promoted from senior development positions, and are lacking the interpersonal skills to do their jobs properly. They don't seem to read up on management or software books (or read far too many bad ones), as they often use catch phrases that sound good, but are effectively meaningless to the workers and don't help get anything done. They get angry at workers when deadlines slip (even if it isn't their fault), instead of just dealing with the situation professionally and working with the resources they have. * Some of the QA's think that giving you a hundred defect issues with one piece of information each is better than giving you ten issues with defects grouped logically. Leads to wasted time, frustration, and less work actually getting done. * Things are usually rushed, and code-quality practices are non-existent when deadlines come up. It's the type of environment where firefighting has taken precedence over most everything else. * Don't let HR glaze over the hours worked while you're interviewing, ask about it. When deadlines come up people are working late nights and weekend hours for 1-2 months before releases, which can happen every 4-6 months. * They've promoted technical people who don't have the skills for their position titles. I had a technical lead on a .NET 3.5 project who was supposedly "senior", but didn't know how to use LINQ, program with generics, or use partial classes with T4. (Also, the awards listed on glassdoor for this company are misleading. Those are actually for "Recreational Equipment (REI)", not "REI Systems Inc.")

Advice to Management

* Potential employees couldn't care less what you do if you're offering lower salaries. Pay people at least the average for this area, and you can start attracting better talent to your workforce. * You have employees who are visibly sitting on YouTube all day long and don't really do anything. This makes your threats laughable and demotivates workers who actually contribute. If you got rid of these people you might be able to afford to pay the productive people more and your workers would take you seriously when you have meetings on improvement. * You're long overdue for an upgrade in the skills of your workforce. Either find some way to get the existing ones to learn the .NET framework and solid OO principles, or replace them with people who are already at that level.

Other Employee Reviews for REI Systems

  1. Great place to work, collaborate, contribute and grow...

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

    Pros

    Bright folks to work with. Strong dedicated leadership. Great meaningful work that benefits under-served Americans. Exponential growth history and prospects Exceptional technical calibre and capability The location is great. Diversity - in reality ;not lip service Low attrition rates- most of REI's staff have been with REI for long.

    Cons

    Fast paced, Stimulating and challenging - but it can sometimes wear you down. Some growing pains - expected in a fast growing company.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at REI is very motivating and supportive of all hierarchies. The REAL dedication to customers is showing results everyday. The mantra is working. SPARK is in action at all levels of REI...


  2. Challenging Work & Highly Technical Staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has very good & technical associates working on latest technologies.

    Cons

    Company should expand its pre-sales, sales & Business development actvities.

    Advice to Management

    As company strength is growing at fast pace, the processes/organisation structure needs to be accommodated accordingly. Company should widen his projects scope to various domains/sectors.


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