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NDS Reviews in Costa Mesa, CA

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Pros
  • Good place to work and has good work life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Good support for creativity and good working environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good because of extended time frames (in 8 reviews)

  • There is lots of politics been played out on employees faces, and most of the time it demotivates the employees themselves (in 6 reviews)

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    Great career development opportunity

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at NDS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global team. Cutting edge technology. At the cusp of accelerating the pay tv related technologies. Result focused and merit based reward systems in place.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. The teaming happens at a global scale rather than local. Which is good for some and bad for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance and some interesting work but can be a dull at times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at NDS

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great respect amongst everyone. Very friendly place to work! Strives to follow good process and produce high quality.

    Cons

    Can have a lot of work on legacy platforms -- not very cutting edge work. Sometimes it can be very slow paced environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to take part in innovation. Create a program to include proactive/innovative type work as fixed percentage of time.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible HR department, old-timers getting a free ride, favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at NDS

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and better than average pay.

    Cons

    I've never seen such a Macchiavellian HR Department as at NDS. Your concerns and needs are not represented by this department, though they pretend to be on your side. Senior management in the card plant is not interested in advancement of its employees or fairness. There is much favoritism at play and gross salary inequities. A few people do most of the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your HR director. Find someone else who truly cares about people first instead of protecting their own power base.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at NDS

    Pros

    I suppose it's a nice place if you're an under-achiever and just looking for a 9 to 5 job where you won't be expected to do anything extraordinary.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. No appreciation for good work. No career opportunities unless you're into office politics. Thinking outside of the box is discouraged. Bad vibes and unpleasant work atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and go home. The current senior management is a lost cause. Also, replace your entire HR department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would head north if I was you...

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at NDS

    Pros

    Good living in the orange county. Nice suburban area, near the ocean, in the heart of one of the richest CA counties. If the work place was better - would be perfect.

    Cons

    Too much politics, there is no appreciation from the management, low pay. Engineers expected to work long hours, a lot of working with the off shore development teams (India, Israel, UK, Hong Kong, China, Korea...). Most of the work is maintaining existing systems, almost no new development (which is done in Israel).
    Company treats employees as if they have to be grateful for given the chance of working there.

    Not a catch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing more in your human resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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