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iDirect Technologies Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to work and start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training on iDirect system, ppl you work are with experienced, knowledge driven, helpful. Given sufficient time to come up to the pace of the team

    Cons

    Company is still in developing phase but soon we are gonna be there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    View from a long standing employee

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    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The current situation is challenging, facing a slow down in growth is to be expected in a company that has had year on year expansion in the market place served by iDirect - the good news, this company will grow again in the near future.
    Promotions based on merit and aptitude for higher positions is becoming the way forward, with much needed external expertise being brought in to bring structure in the development realm.

    Cons

    With the well documented recent challenges the company has faced, the work environment has become strained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the work environment, create meaningful and accurate internal communications on the health and direction of the company.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to learn and grow

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    Former Employee - Associate Network Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Network Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at iDirect Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked in TAC:
     It's well supported by its director
     Most of the the people there very talented, hardworking, and easy to get along with
     Career Path has recently been redefined
     They hire smart
     Managers are good people to work for and with
     Advancement is based on merit, they advance the right people

    Cons

    A lot of the problems with TAC has been removed with a regime change, but there's a holdover left who can be unbearable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay technical! Keep rewarding your people. Get bigger cubicles for Tier 1

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A falling company

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Location is good, Washington DC area is good for life.
    The environment around the company is quite and nice, very good for a walk in beautiful sunny days.

    Cons

    1. Disastrous management. Too many unnecessary reorganizations.

    2. Politics and complicated office environment. Fights between groups and departments are common, people has to be very careful not be involved in those ugly office games.

    3. Bad green card policy. Many international employees left because of this, some others who already started their green card process have to wait desperately up to 10 years. However they are not even confident they can still hold the positions at iDirect by the end of this year.

    4. No bonus, though 20% promised at the time of employment.

    5. Project is heavily delayed and obviously in wrong direction both market-wise and technology-wise. Management hasn't yet find the right way.

    6. No training for new engineering employees. There is no technical documentations, no comments in the code, and no one wants to share knowledge in order to secure their job in a falling company. New hires are thrown immediately into the mess and will soon find out no one is willing to help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your fellow engineers, treat them like your co-workers, not some kinds of "resource" like you are calling them during meetings.

    Don't bring the old school MBA concepts to a high-tech software development company. Please realize that those concepts never ever worked in this type of companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    One director asked me to have more LOYALTY....are you kidding me?

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    Current Employee - Associate Test Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Test Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Nothing to mention about. In DC area, not really any pros to talk about.

    Cons

    One director asked me to have more LOYALTY....are you kidding me?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEAWARE: A lot of 5 stars reviews are submitted by HRs!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Not really good things about this company.

    Cons

    Basically all of 5 stars reviews are submitted by HRs. What those comment say is really not true. They are obviously submitted by HR and fake. so short and no real content. Glassdoor should do something about this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best hardware company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    some people are really nice and kind.
    good for hardware engineers

    Cons

    not really if you want to learn hardware stuff.

    I have been working with idirect for very long time.
    I always like the enviroment idirect has.
    good people agile procedure and good technologies.
    as a hardware engineer you always learn what you do and we have so many work to do which is soo great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    We need a lot of changes

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is good. The company has been up and running for 20 years which only means it was a good company.

    For junior engineers, iDirect is a good starting place to learn both technical skills and office politics, due to its high physical and mental pressure.

    Cons

    1. Low base salary like it offers always.
        Bonus was good at 20%, however due to rapid loss of revenue, we only received 2% in this year.

    2. iDirect won a big project several years ago which is the start of all the chaos today. A lot of new engineers were hired at loose interviewing process.
        Due to the inexperience of the management team and a series of bad decisions made by the senior management, the project is now delayed for 1-2 years and en route of failure.The delayed new product is causing loss of once-loyal customers and revenue.

    3. People is leaving iDirect because of the dark future, the low pay and high workload, and the politics. Many of the engineers left are technically important which can't be replaced shortly. This has worsen the situation of the failing project.

    4. The company is over-hierarchied causing lots of overhead as well as confusions.

    5. Unlike the past, the company is now driven by a group of management people who don't understand the products iDirect develops.
        Roughly half of the technical managers (who only manage 3, 4 engineers on hands-on product development) have no idea about how satellite system works, even though they go from meeting to meeting everyday just to make them visible.

    6. Satellite technology is not as cool as it sounds. It is actually made of a mix of sophisticated (outdated) technologies due to its high requirements of reliability and stability. For entry-levels, it is impossible to learn here the cutting-edge techniques and skills.

    7. Many other big companies like Google, Facebook, SpaceX had already started its satellite projects or replacement projects. iDirect will face the most fearful challenges in the next few years. Are we ready for it? Sadly no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have to be realistic and stay focus only on the core business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    wonderful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    startup culture. challenging work. great technology.

    Cons

    growth is stopped unless new markets are explored.

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    No green card for internationals

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Some team outing is good.
    company location is pretty okay. It's in a nice good small town of virginia

    Cons

    company going down for sure.
    Managers care only their power but products or employee. They don't want to apply Green Card for you since they want to hold you and let you work long hours.
    company markets are shirked and no bonus for anybody now.
    Very old technology and no future for this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    executive team has responsibility for current situation. They should come out and take responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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