REI Systems Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
71 Reviews
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REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya
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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.  

    I actually like working here!

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    Current Employee - Business Project Coordinator  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Business Project Coordinator in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    REI systems actually listens to employees (Has multiple meetings per year with all employees like the recent Town hall, all hands meeting, and encourages feedback thru Yaller - a social collaboration tool). Based on past feedback, many positive changes have taken place.
    People here actually do care. Yes there are a couple of odd ones, but which company does not?? Last year;s 360 reviews and a 'management development program' were good steps. I am seeing a positive trend.
    Don't go by every feedback you read here. This company has a strong and good culture.

    Cons

    Yes - there are some bad apples. which place doesn't? Yes -the business development has slowed down, but that is this whole area (remember sequestration and its effects?) Calm down folks - the economy is reviving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at those bad apples and take action. Good job so far..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away !!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Friends , Happy feet club, Toast masters club, benefits

    Cons

    Resource managers here donot know how to manage people.
    You will never be treated with respect. You will be yelling, name calling, politics .

    Long work hours due to poor planning .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to train your Resource managers with basic 101 on people management and resource planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love my new job at REI!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    - Talented, creative and smart folks
    - My earlier company did not have a "professional development" plan; so I am getting used to the 40 hours of professional development offered to by REI to all of their employees; kind of like what Google does for its employees
    - The company has a heritage ..This was evident during the week long activities planned for celebrating REI's 25th anniversary
    - There are some really good ping pong players...We recently concluded a ping pong tournament
    and Friday bagels :-)

    Cons

    - I know projects are doing this in their own environment, but it would be nice to have a research lab, where latest technologies can be tried out...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thanks and please keep up the good work!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    REI invests in employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Architect  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Architect in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    I was so excited when I got the MS COE pioneer plaque and dell tablet. I was already happy and satisfied with all the opportunities that REI provides for us to improve our technical skills - MSDN accounts, powerful laptops, plural sight account, trainings and 1 week of professional development hours.

    I wanted to personally thank you senior mgmt for making all this happen. I get to work with other govt contracting companies as a sub contract. From what I have seen, REI is an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Need to win more projects to sustain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bid and win more projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible timings and friendly people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Timings are flexible and nice place to work

    Cons

    Work is not balanced well. Some times work gets too hectic and some times too less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have more meetings with team member if not one on one to clearly state the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE!!!! Frustratingly indecisive and incapable senior and mid-level leadership - Their words don't mean anything

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Great place for incapable people dumped in the market by Booz Allen and ICF. The club of losers has survived under the leadership of COO while the capable hires remain in flux. The COO tries very hard to retain people who believe the COO is always right. That's because he himself has survived that way under the CIO who is another leader whose words of commitment don't mean much. They are just bunch of workers who accidentally fell into leadership position. They admit it themselves in their leadership meetings that they never expected to grow to 300+ employee company. People who believe that the senior leadership cares for them are either naive or not exposed to the discussions at the leadership level, or probably have not worked for better American corporations ever. Senior leadership is busy warming up their chairs in their respective offices while rest of the staff suffers while awaiting their permanent residency (Green Card). Retained employees who are in desperate need for Green Card are mistaken for staff retention. This is how the senior leadership is good at spinning facts based on their own convenience. They are yet to figure out if they are fooling the employees or fooling themselves.

    Cons

    1. Absolutely incapable crass leadership from CEO to Project Managers
    2. Rest of the employees are equally bad (birds of same feather flocked together); They cannot hire any better. If accidentally they do, they either cannot retain those employees or harass the employee to death. So they leave
    3. Don't get bought into their sales pitch about them being innovators; their innovation trails behind by 20 years
    4. They do not appreciate the skills and experience of new hires until you prove your "loyalty" to them by either falling on their feet (Indian tradition) during company events or by being a "Yes" man
    5. Account Managers and Program Managers are worse than the project managers in terms of skills; so please do not expect the Project Managers to perform any better
    6. Don't make a mistake of, or rather dare to, escalate performance issues of employees who have been in the company for long and belong to the "LOYAL" class. You will be lynched and abandoned as outcast
    7. The senior leadership believes they are good at technology. Their self image smacks of arrogance and ignorance at the same time
    8. They survive on cheap commodity work - nothing wrong with that. There's work for all kinds of companies in Federal Government. But don't claim what you are not a.k.a. a large company bringing innovation to the Government
    9. Senior management makes false commitments to new hires during the time of interview and conveniently forgets later
    10. Human Resource Team is absolutely inept and incapable. They have no spine to stand up against abuses and unethical practices in this company. Human Resources get overridden by all powerful slaves of the COO and the CIO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. It's high time the CIO shed his artificial skin and stop pretending; his true colors are very different than what he appears to be in public
    2. The COO has to stop pretending as a leader -- all his dog and pony show of "Built to Last" and "Good to Great" are just a foolish attempt; stop overselling and lying about your accomplishments; some of your employees and people outside are not fools. They can see the truth.
    3. If you really care about employee retention and hiring good employees to do better as a respectable organization, ask your absolutely crass breed of home grown Account Managers, Program Managers, and other leaders/managers to just sit aside and learn from fresh breed of leaders from outside. The home grown breed just do not have the skills to match up to the competition. Buying books from Amazon and preaching from few pages of the book will not turn them around as leaders. All they have is arrogance and ability to make a fool of themselves
    4. Else just admit that you want to continue with your incapable team and continue to exist the way you are; don't spin the facts to yourself that you get published in magazine and accept it as rosy reality. Everyone knows how the published facts are derived.
    4. Turn around your discriminatory environment to treat people who don't worship the CIO/COO or act like their slave or spook, with some respect. They have better talent in them than your slaves or "LOYAL" employees. The employees are submissive as slaves for a reason -- they cannot survive any other way
    5. WATCH OUT!!!! All your young talent is about to leave in hoards if you continue with your crass leadership team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Unix Administrative  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Administrative in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Not 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.

    Cons

    Abusive 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Honest, Hard-Working, Fun, Focused

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    - If you are good at what you do, you will be recognized and rewarded
    - Upper management is getting better at identifying the issues, problems and making every effort to solve it
    - So many initiatives have been taken in the last year to make an employee feel appreciated and recognized
    - Lot's of fun while working
    - Upper management is very open to hearing feedback (positive and negative)
    - Have been with the company for 5 years and not a single day has passed where I feel under-appreciated
    - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - Few managers are not good people managers, but the upper management is taking strict action and making it their priority for 2014

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are, I have seen a HUGE difference in the last year, identifying the problems and focusing on solving them. Definitely moving in the right direction.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unethical and disrespectful

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Good medical insurance
    Some very talented individuals
    Good relationship with existing customers

    Cons

    No order or process of doing things. No rules in software development. Managers don't understand or value software development best practices. They just want things done to make up their unrealistic promises with the customer. Things break and then they get mad. Not realizing that they have themselves to blame for mismanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus has been on employee retention from senior management. However, mid level managers are not helping.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's a much better place in last 2 years!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Professional Development Program
    Better Leave Benefits
    Better Medical Benefits
    Stock Options
    Great Place to learn new technology
    I would say it's an amazing place to work and learn new skills. Lot of brilliant people.
    Great Upper management
    Cool People
    An Employee Driven Health Club and Electronics Club is a great idea

    Cons

    Perception is some are managers because they are close to upper management not because they have skills. They lack soft and technical skills and also not good communicators. And that reflects clearly and poorly on REI. It's time they understand these project managers(98% of them) are not only bad influence on people but on company's reputation.
    These project managers make people slog , deliver the project and get good business for you. But in the process you loose 3 good people and a bad bad reputation!

    But upper management is doing a much better job which negates some of the harm done by others.
    People are generally good in the company.
    Overall it's a very positive company and is open to new ideas.
    Lot of changes are beginning to happen and that is bringing some confidence on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your project managers.
    Hire people who have good soft skills or find people who are good in people management skills inside company.
    You guys have amazing technical brains. You can use them better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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