MDA Corporation

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MDA Corporation Reviews in Vancouver, BC

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

    So far, so good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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.

  3.  

    Good place to learn new skills.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting Work, Low Compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    The Work is very interesting

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doors are closed to most

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Offer decent termination packages rather than continue with slow death

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I learned a lot about negotiating what I was worth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GIS Technician in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - GIS Technician in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good learning experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Potential to be great, in reality just boring.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unique

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

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

    Pros

    MDA 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.

    Cons

    MDA 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop reorganising!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    No 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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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