Zodiac Inflight Innovations
3.0 of 5 24 reviews
www.imsco-us.com Brea, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 8, 2014

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Rod Farley

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Digital design

    Digital Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsGreat to learn many new innovations in less time

    ConsNone as of now. I had a wonderful time till date

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsChallenging work environment. Flexible Schedule. Good people to work with.

    ConsTop management only gives promotions to people they like not based on peoples work or skills. Family oriented if top management likes everything is possible.

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    Annoying development process

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUsed to be better. Few good people.

    Cons* Can’t finish any work to go through process in placed for managers to tract you down.
    * Can’t finish work until code review is done. Developers will pick on even extra white spaces. Most annoying code review process. Managers want everyone to be extremely picky thinking that will improve the quality of the product. Think twice. Doesn’t improve anything. Just take extra few days to finish any work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove all the useless process. When nothing is getting done, it's not just developers fault.

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    Its a job that will leave you dissatisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsFree snacks (can be a con), usually unhealthy snacks like cookies etc.
    Great IT department and HR department. Probably the best IT and HR people I've ever worked with. Wish other companies would learn from them in that area.
    Product is cool, fun to work on. Somewhat flexible work hours, though daily SCRUM status meetings at fixed times make it a lot less flexible.

    ConsWork environment is very crowded. They believe in open style seating, so there is no privacy for developers. Who would think that a cube could be missed?
    They also don't invest in resources for engineering. You're asked to write software that is highly dependent on hardware devices, and yet you have to share a hardware platform with several other developers. Other developers will snag it whenever they can, some will put a sign saying "in -use" then they go out to lunch and leave it busy all day. The managers couldn't care less about that, because as long as developers find a way to meet their SPRINT goals every 2 weeks, that's all that matters. Lack of available hardware to test and debug on means less testing is actually done by developers before it goes to the test group. This is something the engineers have complained about for 2 years and nothing was ever done.

    They have pretty terrible health insurance premiums. Worse than any company I have ever worked for, including a tiny 10 million dollar company I used to work for.

    SCRUM is practiced here, in a very strict manner. SCRUM is an agile methodology that has become a fad in the past couple of years. It promises great things, and really the only person who benefits is the unskilled developer and the lazy manager. The amount of actual work done is very small because you will spend so much time in meetings. There's the daily status meetings, the biweekly backlog grooming meetings, the biweekly retrospective meetings, and biweekly sprint planning meeting, and then the biweekly demo. By the way, since you've already spend half a day demonstrating your software to a product owner, whats the point of sending it to the test group anymore? Didn't you just show it works?

    With the SCUM practiced there, you lose site of the real deadline, and put a lot of pressure on everyone to make the sprint deadlines. Every two weeks, there's a lot of pressure and stress to make sure you meet your sprint goals. It doesn't really matter if the task you're doing wont' actually be useful for another month or two, if its a task you promised for the sprint you better finish it or else work the weekends to get it done.
    Its fine working overtime to meet a deadline that you know an external or internal customer is depending on. That's what you do at a company to support the team. But when you work over time to finish a task that no one really needs on the artificially created deadline, its very demoralizing and makes you feel like an idiot. Keep in mind, the management that expects you to work overtime to finish those tasks doesn't actually stay late themselves.

    I know many others don't like SCRUM, but they don't say anything. Most developers are too shy or too scared to rock the boat. They will wait until management changes, or management decides it was a mistake..and then watch them speak out one by one once its safe and talk about how much they hated all those meetings.

    The other issue with SCRUM is that it promotes a kind of generalization of the work force....it doesn't allow anyone to become specialized in anything. You're rarely allowed to work in the same area of code for more than a few weeks. Some managers believe this leads to everyone knowing how to do everything. Perhaps in some idealized reality that would be true, but if people keep leaving, that will never happen. It would take years for something like that to happen.
    Some developers are stronger in writing GUI software, and some are stronger in writing database queries...you don't force them to write both. The end result is a mediocre product, with no one fully understanding anything.
    I understand the problem they're trying to solve. Preventing disaster when a key employee leaves. But this isn't the solution. One of the joys of software development is being able to take ownership of a piece of code and finding ways to improve upon it and make it better. But when you realize the code you're working on won't be seen again for a few months, and that other developers are free to change it at will while you're gone makes it less likely that you'll spend the time to make that code better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Need to become a coding robot to survive

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsMany good people work here, but managers are driving them away or preventing them to excel. Everyone in HR is great. IT is also great.

    ConsYou need to become a robot just to do what the SCRUM ticket says to do. If you do any extra work that is not defined in the SCRUM ticket, you will get in trouble. Senior management team says out loud that no one should be specialized in anything. It’s written on the company’s confluence page. They create this environment so that anyone can be replaced at any time. This leads into no one knows how the system works very well, but managers still push everyone to finish tasks as fast as a specialist. Just doesn’t make sense.

    Everyday process keeps on changing and developers constantly need to do QA’s work. You are asked to do in the area that you have no desire to do or no experience; therefore, the work is not getting done right and the top managers just blame on engineers. It’s not mid-level managers’ fault, it’s coming from the top executives. Mid-level managers don’t have any choice, but to follow the company’s rules.

    Read the previous review, “It’s a job that will leave you dissatisfied”. It describes the company environment very well.

    Be very careful working here. Saw many good employees getting let go without any good reasons. They go through constant hiring and layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Agile mythology is implemented wrong. Understand why so many people are leaving the 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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    There is still lot's of room for improvement

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsA lot of flexibility (working time, dress code);
    Since it's a small company you get to know everyone well

    ConsManagement keeps pushing to get things quicker and better without providing the proper processes, training and resources to get the job done. Senior management promises customers unreasonable expectations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCustomers are important but remember to take care of your employees!

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

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    Great learning environment to really learn what your capable of

    Rack Room Technician (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsThe people are great, atmosphere is great, room for growth and really flexible working hours.

    Conscould be challenging for some

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

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

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    Exciting!

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsA great place to work for proactive individuals that want to make a difference. Good ideas get implemented quickly.

    ConsSometimes the pace can get overwhelming. Lot's to do and schedules are tight. Sometimes it can be stressful meeting deadlines. Slow to eliminate poor performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the start-up company feel. Don't let Zodiac Aerospace swallow up the company and neuter the original IMS. Continue enabling those that get things done. Ditch the dead weight. Don't be afraid to lay off those that can't keep up or that continually drag their feet.

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

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    Challenging, stimulating, fast-paced environment. Flexible schedules. Positive growth ahead.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany is headed in a positive direction with lots of interest in RAVE and new offerings on the horizon. Acquisition by Zodiac Aerospace (end of 2012) is a very positive business move for the company and we have already experienced some of the benefits, including better healthcare rates and potential profit sharing.

    Company offers good work/life balance. For most, hours are very flexible. This could not be said of the company ~2 years ago when RAVE was launching, however management has improved and upper management is realizing that employees MUST be valued as employee morale is key to longevity and success.

    As an employee, I feel valued and I enjoy the challenging, fast-paced environment. You must be highly self-motivated to work here. Those who are unmotivated or unwilling to move at a fast pace will find themselves pigeonholed and not progressing in their career. Management is eager to offer advancement opportunities if you are hard-working, proactive, and independent.

    Finally, office space is very nice with free drinks and snacks. Culture-wise we are beginning to develop more of a family feel and greater camaraderie between employees. Attire is casual (jeans are acceptable). There is also little bureaucracy and most of upper management is approachable.

    ConsOnboarding is minimal and abrupt. Efforts are not made to integrate new employees well. Though the fast pace is challenging and exciting, when deadlines hit, the workload can be stressful and overwhelming. Do not work here if you do not thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven setting. You must also take charge of your own career advancement. Little energy is spent on continuing training and development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a difference between a manager and someone who is excellent in their role. Continue developing good managers and freeing them up to actually manage. Value employees and take interest in them and their development; make an effort to show them they are appreciated. Also communicate better with the rest of the company about new customers, awards, etc. The company is experiencing a lot of success and growth, but employees do not always realize it as it is not communicated to them.

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

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    It is a job

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brea, CA

    ProsThere are some very smart people who you can learn a lot from. The products platform is all Linux based so you will get a very good hands on Linux development experience.

    ConsThere are very big morale problems and management is bad. Overseas contractor in India are always ruining the product code. The QML part of the code is so terrible to work with and full of potential bugs but nobody care. The smart people do not want to stay because the managers are so bad. Software managers are running the product into the ground because they have no idea what they are doing. The HR and recruiting people are not helpful. Read the "positive" reviews below, what honest employee would quote our marketing material and write "see what everyone is RAVEing about!" on Glassdoor???

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt software best practices more than in name. Scrum does not help if you are ignoring it's intent and focusing on process.

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

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