MDA Corporation

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MDA Corporation Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
64 Reviews
3.1
64 Reviews
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MDA Corporation President, CEO, and Director Daniel E. Friedmann
Daniel E. Friedmann
32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work is interesting and challenging and there are a number of fields of work available (in 6 reviews)

  • Fairly good work-life balance (not a lot of work to go around) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Really low pay, below industry standards (in 5 reviews)

  • Very cold / strict senior management / HR policies (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects, good compensation and bonuses, mostly good teamwork

    Cons

    Career progression almost non-existent unless you are a) an engineer, b) male!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing more time in face-to-face with employees; less hierarchy could be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for with great people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MDA Corporation

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. The people there are wonderful to work with, very competent and enthusiastic. It is generally a very supportive environment. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Work load can be very high. No overtime pay, just bank the flex and take time off later. Pay is on the low side for the industry for most staff. Not many options for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider all employees equally important, they are all giving equal effort. Find opportunities for growth for all. Give decent pay raises to all.

  3.  

    Executive management has overstayed welcome despite excellent recent stock growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MDA Corporation

    Pros

    Wonderful smart creative people in the working ranks.

    Cons

    A sycophantic culture where a bunch of yes men surround an out of touch CEO. These yes men have all been bred to follow detailed instructions and are not expected or allowed to think for themselves. Those senior managers that do try to think are cut off from the pack and left isolated as punishment.

    Understanding that it is a business, all decisions are made only with regard to the balance sheet. Company policy is that it is preferable to replace a departed worker at a higher salary than it is to pay good existing employees close to market rates. The HR department is toothless and cowed by the CEO. Micro-management by the CEO has recently become so severe that many of his senior managers have literally given up.

    Strategic growth by acquisition is a very good strategy and working well for the most part. However, executive management is "gutting" the existing business by reducing costs to the point where employees are doing the jobs of 2-3 people on wages that are in most cases 20-30% below industry norms. This is leading to the departure of the company's talent. It has certainly killed innovation within HQ. A lack of funding has also killed the R&D department. The CEO has created a culture of distrust where none of the senior executives communicate and the hoarding of information has become the norm. This leads to very negative consequences for the business and a very inefficient operation where work is always duplicated. The executive management all appear to dislike each other and work in isolation. This is a company that requires a major internal overhaul before it goes off a cliff. Despite the rising stock price, the board of directors should take notice of these internal goings on before it is irreversible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire before the ride ends badly. Advice to the board is that they had better quickly take stock of what is going on before the operations decay to a point of no return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work, not everyone pulls their weight though.

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    Former Employee - Member, Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Member, Technical Staff

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Space industry can be really exciting/stimulating if that's your cup of tea. You could get to work side-by-side with astronauts and other exceptional types.

    Cons

    Space industry is very risk-averse and there's lots of bureaucracy. Cost-plus contracts mean people don't have incentive to really innovate; structure starts to self-perpetuate. In long run this makes the company less competitive. The robotics/human space flight division is not the moneymaker in the company so can be subject to the whims of the larger market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The excitement of working with astronauts etc. isn't always enough to keep people motivated. Work hard to foster a well-rounded culture or continue to suffer brain-drain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company depending on which area you work in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at MDA Corporation

    Pros

    Small company with a good atmosphere depending on your position and location. The workers seem to treat each other like friends and did happy hours together often.

    Cons

    Some people have more control than they need. An accountant seemed in control over contracts, Quality Assurance, human resources, information technology and other portions of the business. There were instances of clock watching (by non manager accountant) even when time off was approved by the manager. The division manager seemed out of touch with the Houston offices. Pay was not great and raises were not very high most times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees better, add tuition benefit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    MDA Federal in Rockville, MD is not a good place to start your Remote Sensing or GIS career.

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    Former Employee - Remote Sensing in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Remote Sensing in Rockville, MD

    I worked at MDA Corporation

    Pros

    MDA Federal will higher individuals right out of college.

    Cons

    Remote Sensing positions are a joke and the work is sweatshop like in nature.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to better the working environment for new employees and there will be less turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of MDA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good place to gain some initial experience and to make some friends. Good for conservative people who like a stable, but slightly below average income.

    Cons

    When it comes to personal growth, compensation or office culture, MDA is not the place to be. The company is stingy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so stingy and treat your employees like people, not like resources to be maximized.

  9.  

    Learning Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geomatics Technician in Cantley, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geomatics Technician in Cantley, QC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The staff was great. Working in a small team can be a hit or miss, but everyone here cares a lot for each other. Depending on your interests, what you learn can be seen as a pro. Troubleshooting processes will encompass the bulk of your work 'challenges'. Familiarity with radar imagery will drastically increase (making this position a great stepping stone) should you be interested. Time off is easy to come by and overtime is a plenty. The benefits provided by MDA are among the best out there. Just don't expect a pension

    Cons

    MDA is not known for paying their employees well as they tend to give lower then industry average. Raises are given once a year based on a ranking system. Performing your job well will most likely get you a raise that matches the years inflation rate (i.e. around $1500). Be prepared to do shift work, evenings and weekends until people retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management performs well enough, outside training, leadership opportunities and company involvement outside day to day operations would make this position much more rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    MDA

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, with a helpful staff.

    Cons

    Repetitive and slow pace with the same schedule everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More group work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay (contractor), good people, slightly sterile environment

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    MDA Montreal has got satellite design down to a science. Overall, a great place to learn about the different aspects of the industry.

    Cons

    The cost of equipment failure looms large, making it necessary to improve the products/procedures in very small increments. There is a recipe and you are encouraged to master it, not improve upon it. The product is extremely complex, requiring job descriptions to be quite narrow to ensure the person is capable of focusing on developing the necessary expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of best practices are not documented as the deep experience of the 20,30+ year veteran staff did not require it in the past. With the hiring of their eventual replacements, it is important to distill the best practices from outgoing staff while filtering out old habits which are no longer relevant in the space industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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