NDS Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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NDS Chairman and CEO, Cisco John Chambers
John Chambers
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Pros
  • good benefits, work life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Free food, good work culture, less stress (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Could be better with work life balance (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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  1. Test Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NDS

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

    Pros

    Very Professional Environment, Company is very focused to making everyone feel right. Company offers very good benefits, and is focused to maintain a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes Repetitive Tasks, no career grow opportunities. Negotiate a good starting salary otherwise you will be stuck with a low salary for the rest of your time at NDS.

    Advice to Management

    Give better bonuses, and salary increases, make salary increases and promotions of the company more transparent. Spend more money on education benefits.


  2. NDS (now part of Cisco) Questionable leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at NDS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Immediate teammates were like family. Opportunity to work across cultures. Work on evolving technologies. In a pretty decent location in the OC.

    Cons

    very segmented operations even between teams who were supposed to be working together, weak leadership when pressed on important issues at the ground level, questionable enforcement of company policy, kept bad employees around rather than remove them. victims of budget cuts just like everyone else, but handled poorly - had to get approval for printing in color?

    Advice to Management

    grow a pair. show a little, scratch that, A LOT more concern for the employees. invest in the employees who WANT to be there and who are doing good.


  3. Small company - hard workers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great employees to work with; hard working

    Cons

    need more consistent direction from management; no loing term vision


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  5. Great company but, some needed change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Director in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at NDS full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great hours and great staff to work with.

    Cons

    They are going through some growing pains and are not focused on the clients needs.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. I was dissatisfied with my work experience with NDS.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NDS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    My salary and benefits were satisfactory. My best experience was with some of my co-workers. The main facility is conveniently located.

    Cons

    My working conditions were dirty, cramped and unsafe. I had insufficient room and shelves to organize parts. The room was so small that I could not use safe practices to handle units. This resulted in me having frequent back problems. ESD protection was also very poor in my area. New product introduction processes were also very insufficient. It was difficult to get needed parts. It took months to get an order of one inexpensive but very significant part, This was due to in house problems and not a vendor problem.

    Advice to Management

    New product introduction should be a much more organized process. Higher priority should be given to ergonomics and ESD.


  7. Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NDS

    Pros

    OK company to work for

    Cons

    I wouldn't stay her too long. Good for experience


  8. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NDS

    Pros

    Excellent customer facing role. Involved in the overall strategy of the company

    Cons

    High workload, and pressure can take your week-ends away


  9. Great career development opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep it up!


  10. Helpful (1)

    All About the Numbers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonimous in Lindsay, CA
    Current Employee - Anonimous in Lindsay, CA

    I have been working at NDS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job for this area with limited opportunities.

    Cons

    It's all about hitting the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


  11. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NDS full-time (More than 10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    competitive pay and benefits...good work life balance...senior management is accessible

    Cons

    limited career growth for US based employees

    Advice to Management

    shouldn't have sold it to Cisco



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