REI Systems Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
72 Reviews
2.8
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REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, nice working environment (in 7 reviews)

  • They just made great changes to the professional development hours, health and annual leave benefits package) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers (in 4 reviews)

  • Majority of the Project Managers/Portfolio Managers are horrible to work with (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn new skills, lack of potential for long term stay

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    • 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

    REI is a great place for people with entry/mid level experience where you get to learn a lot about the standard industry business practices. Working on variety of projects allow you to become flexible and diverse.

    Cons

    Majority of the Project Managers/Portfolio Managers are horrible to work with. Most don't have respect for their team members and treat them as their "own" employees. A lot of internal politics is in place. Also, the PTO is very low with no sick leave or paid FMLA leave. Work hours are long, mostly 40+ hours every week. Managers take their team members for granted and think they are available to work late nights and on weekends. The owners also have a very Indian mind set for operating a company in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train yourself and your managers better to treat their team members with respect and dignity. Revise your benefit package. If your attitude towards long working hours don't change, you will loose a lot of good workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mediocre

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice working environment

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and only promote those they are friends with

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't Let My Bad Experience be Yours!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great company to work with which has been growing the right way!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Continuous growth, competitive salaries and benefits, great work culture, and positive work environment.

    Cons

    None that I can truly think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not compromise on basic principles while growing and be open to changes.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

    • 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

    Pros

    - very friendly coworkers
    - you will meet few very smart people
    - upper management is hands on and tries to re-enforce a healthy culture
    - depending on the project, you will get exposed and experienced

    Cons

    -on most projects , 40 hr weeks do not cut it , you need to put 50-60 hrs to be in good terms with the managers, leaving after working 8 hrs will raise eyebrows around you.
    - on most projects, it is expected that you work on weekends when necessary, your personal time WILL be sacrificed to impress the client, you are expected to embrace this culture
    - if you don't know how much you are worth in the market, they will take advantage of you
    - if the PM over promised the client , you will pay the price to fulfill unrealistic expectations. you will have to put your personal time to cover up for the PMs mistakes, some PMs will also try to make it your fault so you feel obliged to work 80 hr weeks to catch up.
    - PMs usually only care about the project profit to impress the upper managers, although not uncommon, but it goes to the extreme.
    - Sometimes you will feel like an independent contractor where no one cares about your career path or well being .
    - maybe around 8 out of 10 employees are on H1 visa, that influences the work culture and salaries (usually h1 visa employees are more desperate and tolerate abuse in terms of work hrs or compensation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level managers need serious work, and do not expect your employees to stay loyal to the company if they feel abused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Average

    • 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

    Good Team, Culture, Flexible timings, no micro management

    Cons

    Routine Work, Not exciting work.

  10.  

    Few Spoiled eggs making things bad for all

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Employees can't complain about their managers. Find and Fire these managers/resource managers.
    They can't be trained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work work work Lots of work

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

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

    Pros

    cool environment to work. Flexible in work schedule.

    Cons

    60 hours of work week... Very disorganized teams.,,, team members are not cooperative and the manager doesn't care about the togetherness of the team.... just happy as long as the task is done....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent and not the number of years on paper

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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