MDA Corporation
3.1 of 5 47 reviews
www.mda.ca Richmond, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

MDA Corporation Reviews in Vancouver, BC Canada

Updated May 3, 2014
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47% Approve of the CEO

MDA Corporation President, CEO, and Director Daniel E. Friedmann

Daniel E. Friedmann

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    So far, so good.

    Word Processor (Current Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsFriendly people, relaxed atmosphere, immediate benefits, more sick days and vacation days compared to similar companies, free tea/coffee, very active social club.

    ConsLower salary compared with other similar companies, no bonus scheme, no paid lunch.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I learned a lot about negotiating what I was worth.

    GIS Technician (Former Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsIn House staff benefits, and lots of opportunities to increase your knowledge in your field. A good place to start out or be at the top.

    ConsWhen my contract was up I did not feel I received any sort of increase in salary to make me want to continue there.

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    Potential to be great, in reality just boring.

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsGood people who are dedicated to the organization. Technology is interesting and there are some good managers who really are trying to do their best with limited resources at their disposal.

    ConsYou expect MDA to feel like a company that is cutting-edge, innovative, collaborative and has great energy. The reality is that once you walk in the door you realize that despite how great it looks from the outside, the company is really dated, stodgy, stuck in their ways, and not overly interested in truly engaging their employees in any meaningful way (with the exception of some great managers who really should be given the opportunity to revitalize the company). Many managers have been with MDA for many years, and don't seem interested at all in updating outdated systems - many of which duplicate each other - processes or ideas. The company feels like it lacks passion in what they are doing. Offices are very dated, cramped, and dark, as are many of the "amenities" that the employees are offered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemonstrate that you care about the employees who show up to work for you every day. It's a business reality that the customer comes first, but it's disheartening that employees feel like they are near the bottom of management's list of what is important.

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    Unique

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

    ProsMDA is unique. It has unique opportunities that will keep you challenged and growing. It has a good culture for staff below that at the management level with organised events, skit nights and sports. If you want to know how engineering is done well then this is the company for you.

    ConsMDA keeps people by keeping them challenged and training the staff up to get better paying jobs somewhere else. However many of those jobs are somewhere other than in BC so it manages to keep the pay low as staff have few opportunities locally. The younger staff see this and tend to leave within their first 5 to 7 years. MDA needs to realise that it does alot of software and adjust to the reality that comes with being a software company, like pay, like working arrangements and like cutting edge software techniques!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop reorganising!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Viewed by some as a Canadian success story (externally) but curently really struggling internally

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsWork can be interesting and diverse. Generally flexible hours of work. Good peer support amongst personnel. Employees maintain a healthy program of volunteer social programs in the areas of sports, recreation and the like.

    ConsLong hours of work and high productivity expected - but compensation has lagged (sometimes 0% annually and no more than 1-2% increase annually for the last several years - except for upper management - the only ones to get stock options & bonuses). CEO is super cheap - he tried to sell off the systems & space business 4-5 yrs ago but sale was blocked by the CDN Government. Then business in the other half of the company began to tank (coincident with the US and UK housing market crashes) and this business was then sold off for a reasonable price (bulk of $ from this sale was given to shareholders as dividends and to Sr. management as bonuses - very little given to regular employees as compensation - rest used to buy a Comms satellite interest in the U.S.). Richmond BC contingent of company is stuggling and this year laid-off 15% of staff with another 8-10% leaving on their own accord - represents a significant brain drain. Brampton business unit hit with even greater percentage of layoffs. Overall, employee moral has taken a beating and most staff have a very cynical view and general lack of faith in upper management (whose response has been to squeeze budgets even further while instituting several major and confusing reorganizations). Advancement is based on who you know, not what you know or have accomplished, and senior management is an old boy's club (no women allowed).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo meaningful compensation to most employees while upper management lines up at the trough (and makes inflated dividends to the shareholders so managers can cash in on stock options & bonuses) will untimately choke off employee interest and innovation within the company (many are already looking for other opportunities elsewhere). Unless the trend is addressed would not be surprised to see the company begin to have difficulties executing projects and could even see Company HQ move to one of the branch offices once the current CEO quits or is relieved (Quebec or perhaps even into the US).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MDA are so bad that even HR are leaving.

    (Former Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Quiet hallways (empty because everyone quit)
    - All people leaving provide more opportunity for them staying.
    - Come and go as you please
    - Fairly good work-life balance (not a lot of work to go around)
    - Cool-ish stuff to work on
    - New executive brought in want to make change for employees (although it's 1 vs 100).

    Cons- ~25% Layoff in 2012 by severance avoiding "Working notices"
    - Many good and senior people quits this year, many other laid off, leaving some few top performers (who probably quit next year)
    - Corporates are focused on shareholders not employee and it's showing (attrition is skyrocketed).
    - You're compensation is BAD and you should feel BAD. Go work elsewhere and you get a minimum 30% raise.
    - No flex time.
    - No bonuses (except for executives)
    - Annual salary increases (when they occur) is less than inflation.
    - MDA does not keep their employees happy.
    - Starting salary for Juniors is almost the same as it was 10 years ago (Inflation should make 35% higher).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can fix this company, but you must do work. There are many people going to leave if salaries aren't drastically (>40%) changed. You thought this year is bad attrition, just wait until no response from MDA and next year comes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Experience

    Student (Former Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsFriendly, organized office. Plenty of company activities and teambuilding opportunities. The office works efficiently as a team, most employees are professional.

    ConsOffice space is cramped, air conditioning is below par. Cafeteria could use improvement, menu options are not very good. Would like more vacation time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A demoralizing, boring, cheap company that does not keep up with current technology.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Richmond, BC (Canada)

    ProsLower level employees/junior employees are great to work with. They are very smart due to the strict hiring practices at MDA.
    Flexible hours.

    ConsUpper management is out of touch with reality.
    Low wages, no bonuses.
    Team building events are a joke. You have to make up the time spent at these events (if they are held during work hours).
    Difficult to advance unless you are a white male.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience, People and Flexibility but poor pay and Management values!

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

    Pros- Flexible working hours (1.5 overtime if you are on the non-technical side)
    - Great experience and learning to start, lots of exposure to different aspects of work in short amounts of time
    - Great personnel and work ethics amongst managers, supervisory staff and even Accounting/Finance personnel who are always willing to help with your numbers!

    Cons- Way below average salary than industry standards in Greater Vancouver Area.
    - Company does not value knowledge, education, and achievements when considering growth and career advancement.
    - Cafeteria food is nothing but BAD with no improvements nor subsidies for employees!!

    Advice to Senior Management- Senior Management needs to really step up and address the salary and career advancement issue in the company. They need to seriously value their' valuable resources' from leaving the company on an ongoing basis, regardless of how well or bad the company is doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good career starter, helps you build a solid technical foundation

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

    ProsFlexible hours
    Relatively good work/life balance
    Good place to learn software development process
    Not overmanaged

    ConsCompensation is average or below average
    Opportunities for advancement may be based on how well the company is doing and not so much your own performance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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