MDA Corporation Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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MDA Corporation President, CEO, and Director Daniel E. Friedmann
Daniel E. Friedmann
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Pros
  • For the most part the work is interesting (in 6 reviews)

  • Good work environment, with a helpful staff (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management out of touch with workers (in 5 reviews)

  • MDA is not known for paying their employees well as they tend to give lower then industry average (in 4 reviews)

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  1. MDA

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

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, good training, good people to work with

    Cons

    Too much reorganization leaving roles and responsibilities unclear

    Advice to Management

    Give clarity on roles


  2. terrific company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people, varied interesting projects, most flexible hours, support for alternate work arrangements, good benefits

    Cons

    Compensation not very high, some managers are promoted despite glaringly bad people skills


  3. Helpful (7)

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    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn new skills.

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

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Cafeteria on site. Gym on site with shower facilities. Free parking. Discount tickets offered to local ski resort, playland, movies, etc. Volleyball teams and tournamentin the summer. Many staff have own offices which is great for privacy and getting stuff done.

    Cons

    Pay scales are below market. Senior management out of touch with workers. Inconsistent application of policies among various groups of employee. Senior management gets bonuses but that does not extend to workers who actually do the work. No pay raises even when company is making money. Some workers treated like commodity, especially among the accounting group.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to stop the revolving door of staff turnover you need to pay workers better. Treat people as though they matter and show consistency on the application of staff policies. Destratisfy your organization so you don't have the them vs. us tension. This will greatly improve moral in your organization.


  6. So far, so good.

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

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Interesting Work, Low Compensation

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Work is very interesting

    Cons

    The Compensation is below average.
    The Management are at times incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better


  8. Helpful (4)

    Doors are closed to most

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

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Lots of smart people around you.

    Cons

    Richmond site declining, staff morale rock-bottom, clique-y, no values other than share price

    Advice to Management

    Offer decent termination packages rather than continue with slow death


  9. Helpful (2)

    I learned a lot about negotiating what I was worth.

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    Former Contractor - GIS Technician in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - GIS Technician in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

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


  10. Good learning experience

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    Former Contractor - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong and supportive corporate culture that looks to bring out the best in its employees at all levels and at all times.

    Cons

    corporate culture with that many employees under one roof tends to breed some office politics across departments and projects.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Potential to be great, in reality just boring.

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

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    You 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 Management

    Demonstrate 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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