REI Systems Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
71 Reviews
2.8
71 Reviews
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REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya
Veer Bhartiya
58 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, nice working environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Very friendly work environment, which also includes top management (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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  1.  

    Company that cares

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

    I have been working at REI Systems

    Pros

    1. Executive team always willing to listen and learn

    2. The company is willing to make changes based on market needs

    3. Focused career tracks for technology and management cadres

    4. Great benefits package. (They just made great changes to the professional development hours, health and annual leave benefits package)

    5. World class facility with great amenities

    Cons

    1. Lack of core working hours, so that folks can plan their daily activities better

    2. Staggered vesting of 401K benefits. It would be nice to have benefits 100% vested in capital markets from day one of enrollment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on increasing REI's brand awareness in the Federal government sector

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love the positive changes + professional development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Focus on employee development and communication is very good. Based on employee feedback in executive town-hall meets, they brought many good changes. Benefits are better, vacation days are added, professional development hours. Very positive changes.

    Cons

    Need more focus on latest technology and innovation. Work from home priveleges difficult to get. I wish there was public transport and better food choices closeby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the focus on employees. More Happy Hours?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    They Make Commitments They Don't Intend to Keep

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI Systems

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, excellent career growth

    Cons

    Needs more understanding of how business work. Sr. Management lacks industry experience

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Fair

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

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers 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 ManagementAdvice

    You can't improve existing managers. Hire some better ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managers ever!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Delivery/QA  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Software Delivery/QA in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Federal govt projects,so gives you stability

    Cons

    This place is good for people who don't mind being bullied by Managers.People who have stayed 10 + years in the firm have all grown up the hierarchy and become Managers.Most of them are not proficient enough in English(verbal or written)managers have 0 Managerial skills and extremely poor soft skills.they could yell at any subordinates every other day for silly reasons.There is no process and Manager changes/manipulates the process as per his wish .This is RIDICULOUS and need to stop in case you want to save old employees.

    REI is very could at giving loft designations verbally and make you slog to their utmost potential..However that position will never come to you on paper...

    Senior Management does not take any action against these monstrous Managers who actually could suck up all your blood...!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action on your Managers...they are honestly not up to the mark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company treats employees like family! Employee development focused! Flat organization structure lends to easy access to Senior Management.

    Cons

    The company needs to diversify its business more! The budget constraint in the federal government is impacting the growth of this mid sized company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Family friendly company: flexibility enables those with family to work hard but spent time with family
    - Competitive salary
    - Amazing coworkers
    - Management cares about employees.

    Cons

    - Company grew too fast leaving behind management growth. Fortunately, they are getting their acts together.
    - Unless you are focus on a career path, you can be thrown around in different roles which may affect your career. On the flip side, being thrown into various roles increase one's knowledge in different areas and overall increase your career outlook in a big picture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad management and stressful life

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

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You do get chance to learn new things in first few months of your tenure at REI

    Cons

    PMs do not care, how much ever you work, they always expect employee to work for more than 10 hrs a day.

    Life here sucks... you cannot spend a single evening with your family, you get calls when on vacation or offline from communicator..

    there are lot of senior people, who are in the company for 8+ years, they think employees are slaves.. keep putting pressure on employees, and keep them ALWAYS under stress..

    Lot of blame games and politics, few people have developed out of office relationships with the seniors, they do not work at all and keep bitching about peers / fellow employees to the PMs / resource managers.

    Generally people are hied for associate position and the company tries to keep them on low salary as many days as possible.

    Timesheets are also a pain here, as full time employees have to justify every minute of their work like contractors. In order to get full salary at the end of the pay period, every employee has to justify each and every minute of their work hrs spent.

    After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers.

    Do not expect bonus, if you get an award in the same year. According to REI management
    Performance excellence monetary award / referral money / Yearly bonus are all the some, all the employees get only one of the above in an year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the environment of slavery and let people grow. all managers needs to improve.
    Culture should change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Stepping Stone

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the people are good people to work with and are rather intelligent.

    Cons

    Management at the program manager level is horrible. Make ridiculous commitments to customers for which the engineers have to break their backs to meet. When these ridiculous commitments are actually met, who is rewarded for it? The managers....not the engineers are rewarded for meeting these goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your engineers! They are the ones that actually do the work....not the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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