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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Review Highlights

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 company for good honest contributing professionals will have very short span of life

    Senior Unix Administrative (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsNot much in terms of either a good unix or technology shop. Claims of it being long term employer applies only who are able to abuse others & pamper management.

    ConsAbusive managers who are allowed to fire good contributors within minutes. Higher Management has pampered those who have not contributed much technically to the shop. Company with technologies of 1990's. Being a small company, how can CEO escape this fact about the Company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no way Management can assure its health as long as they cannot spot abusers & crass violaters in their Seniors & remove them. Till then, it will remain a shop which is current only up to technologies of 2000 in the year of 2014.

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

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    They Make Commitments They Don't Intend to Keep

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    Pros1. Utmost job security for non-performers
    2. High focus on keeping employees happy irrespective of their performance - detrimental to high performing resources
    3. CEO has all the right intentions of looking after employee welfare - always has employees' best interest in mind

    Cons1. Incompetent senior and mid-level management - right from COO to line level managers
    2. Persistent record of absolute distrust for external hires - employees who have been with REI for long have a habit of keeping things close to themselves while making relatively newer external hires look incompetent
    3. Record of flouting all terms and conditions that were negotiated after an employee is hired
    4. Strong performers are few and far between - high performers are odd people out in the environment
    5. Strong resistance to evolution of the culture to remain relevant in the industry
    6. Lack of accountability on part of senior and mid-level management
    7. Very theoritical/bookish management styles adopted by leaders/managers - focus is not on tangible results
    8. Leadership lacks capability to drive and manage large portfolio
    9. Close knit fraternity of old timers look down upon newer external hires and their experience - sign of disrespect and arrogance - not a healthy environment for new hires

    Advice to Senior Management1. Accountability should start from top -- from COO level
    2. Risk losing high performance if non-performers are not held accountable
    3. Management shake up with a mix of experienced external hires with proven credentials has the potential of opening new avenues of growth for REI - complete reliance on long-term tenured staff resulting in stagnation
    4. CEO and CIO need to dig deeper into the underlying issues - not sure if they are being fed the right information about the root cause of either loss of business or lack of new business growth
    5. Invest in skills and capabilities which are relevant in the current industry - past laurels are not relevant any longer - technology company is as good as their capabilities that are relevant today
    6. Resources being promoted to managers and leaders just due to their satisfactory spoken english skills has to stop - it drives away capable resources
    7. Please do not hire people from outside if you don't have respect for their experience and skills - no one has the right to ruin someone's career

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

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    Not Fair

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSenior Management is caring. Some employees are very good and care about what they do. Benefits are good.

    ConsManagers say "Yes" to everything customer ask for and then scramble the team to work crazy hours. Learn to manage work and set right expectations.

    Don't expect the managers to be fair. If you work normal 8 hours a day and open to work extra even after hours, managers will exploit you and you will never get appreciation.

    If you come 11 am in morning, take 2 hour lunches, head home at 5, the managers will reward you with bonuses to make you happy so that you are more productive and begin to be open to working more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't improve existing managers. Hire some better ones.

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

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    Don't Let My Bad Experience be Yours!

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsSome really nice hardworking people (who deserve better)
    Supportive of education and training that provides better skills for employees

    ConsThe most unprofessional management team I have ever experienced, starting from the executive management on down. They hire a lot of HIB visa holders, and have no respect for a decent work-life balance, but cover this up with a lot of phony "corporate culture" speak that glorifies a work environment where bad management is ignored, or worse, rewarded, if you are able to get your staff to keep working harder and harder not smarter. Managers are promoted from within without a lot of support or mentoring because the senior staff are completely overleveraged or lack relevant experience themselves so they can't help. The end result is a lot of overtime and stress for the poor staff trying to do the work. The company says that its competitors are big tier 1 companies, which indicates how out of touch and arrogant the executive management is if they think they measure up to these companies. This company is on a downward spiral with no management vision or employee policies to shore it up. If you are absolutely desperate for a job, then take one with them, but keep looking - you'll be glad you did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the entire management team if you want to compete with the companies you say you do in your corporate write up. Stop killing the messengers.

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

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    Few Spoiled eggs making things bad for all

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsThe company has a good reputation with its customers and they are generally very satisfied. The senior management cares about the company and tries to promote healthy work environment. The corporate culture is good.

    ConsThere are few bad managers who play politics and try to be dominant. They don't know how to talk to people and goes out of their way to prove their dominance. Why would anyone want to work with such people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees can't complain about their managers. Find and Fire these managers/resource managers.
    They can't be trained.

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

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    Indian style of management.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsVery friendly team members, supportive and understanding.

    Cons1. Inexperienced management. Bad planning, no value for people and hard work. Moreover, they make developers to pay for their own errors. They make you feel misarable and always judge you.
    2. A lot of overtime.
    3. A lot of actions against the labor law. Follow them or will be laid of. If you do not want to work overtime, you are not good team player.
    4. Nothing really interesting from technology side.
    5. They promote only people who they like, not who deserves promotion.
    I quit. Back to US.

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

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    Cheap labor.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsNice facility with some very knowledgeable technical team members who are helpful. You can learn a lot while you are here. Very hands on.

    ConsTheir salaries are well below industry average. I head people left got raises of 20K + in other companies when they left. I experienced this myself when I left the company. There are fewer americans and the companies has a lot of bound labor on visas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have little idea how your managers treat employees

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

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    Not to stay long

    QA Engineer (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsThe company has some good contracts. Senior management of the company is good and cares about the company. The facility is also nice.

    ConsThere is a lot of favoritism in the company. Be prepared for long working hours. Its a sweatshop. There is no process or order. Everything is emergency. Managers are non social and least interested in the employees. They get stressed very easily and then stress the hell out of everybody. They work like dictators.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not 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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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prospolicy of flexible work hours

    Consmany developers start work at 11. hinders team work. too many managers, less developers. managers promoted from senior positions, they run the show and mostly cannot be questioned for what they say by anyone. developers not upgraded to new tech, new employees recruited without a background in upgraded technology. many senior people survive on relationship management than actual skills. time estimates very unrealistic, situation during a release is chaotic.

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