REI Systems
3.1 of 5 61 reviews
www.reisystems.com Sterling, VA 500 to 999 Employees

REI Systems Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.1 61 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya

Veer Bhartiya

(49 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Very friendly work environment, which also includes top management"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Flexible hours, nice working environment"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Majority of the Project Managers/Portfolio Managers are horrible to work with"
    in 4 reviews
  • "After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers"
    in 3 reviews
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    A strange experience

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsVery indian friendly group; They all love cricket

    Cons80 hour+ work weeks even though they don't promote working more than 40 hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't put together group meetings to criticize a single individual

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

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    Treat employees well, but sometimes a little bit cheap.

    Associate Web Designer (Current Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsFlexible hours -- come in whenever you want (within reason, earlier than 10:30 am, etc) and do your work and 8 hours and you're good.
    Great facilities (new building) -- well lit and comfortable.
    Nice benefits -- decent 401k matching, good healthcare, etc.

    ConsSometimes cheap -- won't pay any sort of overtime, but WILL dock your pay if you're under 80 hours (biweekly). Pretty much never provides free gifts, lunches, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to spend a bit extra money on projects to achieve excellence!

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

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    Worst Company to work For!

    Developer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsA growing company with many project

    ConsTotally under staffed and real inexperienced management. Most of the line managers are from India with hardly any American work experience or knowledge of US labor laws.

    At the time of interview, they will be really nice to you but when you actually start working for them, they will expect you to work every night as well as weekends. These managers will not ask you if you are busy during he nights or weekends, they will simply tell you that you need to get the work done during nights or weekends. No apology for asking you to work during the nights or weekends, they will simply require you to work when the managers want.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire professional managers with American experience. make sure they have the knowledge of local labor laws. This company can do really well if the Top management tries to actually find out why so many good people leave this company. It is not if but when someone will sue them for forcing employees to work for 16 hours a day but paying only for 8 hours a day. This is a very unprofessional company.

    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 work environment with unrealistic deadlines and constant changes

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsPeople are friendly, Very relaxed on hours, Quarterly events to raise moral

    ConsUnrealistic deadlines with constant changes, very difficult to debug company standard platform

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop a few projects. Quit expanding. Learn to fix the scaffolding at the bottom of the building before trying to go higher, otherwise the fall will be much greater. Pay more attention to the developers and less to the customer.

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

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    1 year experience as a software engineer.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsGood opportunities. Nice knowledge transfer. Flexible working hours. Ready to use new things and experiment within a company.

    ConsSometimes bad work schedules. Un-even task assignments, too much work. Sometimes feel like learning nothing new and working exactly same things.

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

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    Make REI Your Next Professional Home!

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    Pros- Competitive pay
    - Excellent benefits package (401k, health, life insurance, stock options, training, tuition reimbursement, etc.)
    - Very diverse company (experience and cultural)
    - Commitment to hire productive and talented workforce.
    - Competent colleagues, supervisors, and top executives.
    - Very friendly work environment, which also includes top management.
    - Just moved into a new building (looks amazing).
    - Defined career paths/opportunities for advancement.
    - Open to ideas and suggestions on ways to improve current processes.

    Cons- The PTO accrual rate can be increased a bit.
    - No real other items to discuss. I see some people working late hours, but they don’t seem to resent the idea. I think they enjoy their jobs and it shows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou get to meet the CEO and other top executives during orientation, that's a very good impression on new hires. Please sustain this company culture and don't turn into a money-hungry corporation as your numbers grow, the company culture will cease to attract employees if you turn to the dark side :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    nothing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    Prosgood work culture at workplace

    Conswork schedule often not defined well

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing

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    Excellent

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    Prosgood benefits, friendly co workers, challenging work

    Consneed more structured in organization

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook out for more business opportunity other than federal

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average at best. If you're competent at what you do, you have far better options.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    Pros* Very flexible office hours, you can come and go as you please as long as you get things done (with some managers).
    * Good medical benefits for the company size.
    * There are a few people in the company who are great at what they do. If you end up working there, find out who they are and stick with them; your life will be easier.

    Cons* Pays about 5-10k less than the average for software development positions in this area. The main figures on this site might be padded towards the high end, but you'll find out for sure if they make you an offer.
    * More fear with new technologies than innovation, and it leads to a lot of wasted effort in development and testing.
    * Falling behind with "cutting edge" technology. They're currently moving to .NET 3.5, but hardly anyone knows the framework and most are still programming from a non-OO perspective.
    * Project managers were promoted from senior development positions, and are lacking the interpersonal skills to do their jobs properly. They don't seem to read up on management or software books (or read far too many bad ones), as they often use catch phrases that sound good, but are effectively meaningless to the workers and don't help get anything done. They get angry at workers when deadlines slip (even if it isn't their fault), instead of just dealing with the situation professionally and working with the resources they have.
    * Some of the QA's think that giving you a hundred defect issues with one piece of information each is better than giving you ten issues with defects grouped logically. Leads to wasted time, frustration, and less work actually getting done.
    * Things are usually rushed, and code-quality practices are non-existent when deadlines come up. It's the type of environment where firefighting has taken precedence over most everything else.
    * Don't let HR glaze over the hours worked while you're interviewing, ask about it. When deadlines come up people are working late nights and weekend hours for 1-2 months before releases, which can happen every 4-6 months.
    * They've promoted technical people who don't have the skills for their position titles. I had a technical lead on a .NET 3.5 project who was supposedly "senior", but didn't know how to use LINQ, program with generics, or use partial classes with T4.

    (Also, the awards listed on glassdoor for this company are misleading. Those are actually for "Recreational Equipment (REI)", not "REI Systems Inc.")

    Advice to Senior Management* Potential employees couldn't care less what you do if you're offering lower salaries. Pay people at least the average for this area, and you can start attracting better talent to your workforce.

    * You have employees who are visibly sitting on YouTube all day long and don't really do anything. This makes your threats laughable and demotivates workers who actually contribute. If you got rid of these people you might be able to afford to pay the productive people more and your workers would take you seriously when you have meetings on improvement.

    * You're long overdue for an upgrade in the skills of your workforce. Either find some way to get the existing ones to learn the .NET framework and solid OO principles, or replace them with people who are already at that level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, collaborate, contribute and grow...

    (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsBright folks to work with.
    Strong dedicated leadership.
    Great meaningful work that benefits under-served Americans.
    Exponential growth history and prospects
    Exceptional technical calibre and capability
    The location is great.
    Diversity - in reality ;not lip service
    Low attrition rates- most of REI's staff have been with REI for long.

    ConsFast paced, Stimulating and challenging - but it can sometimes wear you down.
    Some growing pains - expected in a fast growing company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership at REI is very motivating and supportive of all hierarchies.
    The REAL dedication to customers is showing results everyday.
    The mantra is working. SPARK is in action at all levels of REI...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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