iDirect Technologies Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Firmware Engineer II

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer II in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Broad Spectrum of tasks. Very Innovative and lot of great projects. Great place to get good technical experience. The work atmosphere is relaxed and not too much politics in most groups.
    If you stick around for 2+ years you will get 4 weeks of PTOs and then some more 5+

    Cons

    If the company doesn't meet yearly revenue target no bonus for anyone. Without the bonus the salary is not completive with out similar jobs. If they don't meet these target 2 years in a row lot of competent people leave and it takes forever to refill those positions.


  2. Buyer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Never feel bored because of high work load

    Cons

    Lack of process and procedure


  3. Helpful (6)

    Look out - Losing many good people now

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was fun during the heyday years (2001-2012) but like all good things, this too has come to and end. Still some potential but this is not going to be a growth company now.

    Cons

    The company has lost so many engineers and others like in supply chain, products and testing that were key to the success. They can't hire fast enough and many peoples turn down the offers based on what they hear and see from current and old employees. Many department leaders are not used to managing in this type of environment and are failing. Company leadership daily is nonexistent - Several execs come in maybe 2 days a week and expect to be effective, others have been in their C level jobs for 10 years and do nothing now but get huge salaries and fly around the world in 1st class for show. Other execs are never heard from expect when there is a crisis or at the company meeting once a quarter. People are worried and afraid.

    Advice to Management

    Get executives who can show up and do the work every day and make a difference to turn things around. Communicate with your teams more often.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Highly depends on the team and manager

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I worked at iDirect Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Bonus was relatively high in 2013
    * Some teams had a relaxed work weeks
    * Interesting technology
    * Some good managers

    Cons

    * If you didn't have luck you got a really bad management
    * Some teams had stressful work weeks including expected Saturday work
    * You got into the wrong team, you had to work with boring technology

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to replace your management peers


  6. Helpful (5)

    never consider this one

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Phone screening is very easy and not difficult to get onsite interview opportunity. Good way to gain interview experience for fresh students.

    Cons

    The salary is not attractable. The current project is boring and no future. The cost for the onsite interview will not be reimbursed. The HR is the worst based on my 30+ interview experience.


  7. Fast paced, lots of potential with the right changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, and technology. Lots of vacation too. Company is on the leading edge of many things and has a good stategic vision.

    Cons

    Company is in a transition. The mindset is there, but some anchor draggers are still slowing the company down. Information is sometimes hard to come by internally.

    Advice to Management

    Choose a plan and stick to it at all costs. Lean is the way of the future, remove internal barriers and anchor draggers.


  8. Awesome experience, developed a lot of satcom skill along with hands on experience which every intern craves for

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

    I worked at iDirect Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great seniors, good environment, great learning opportunities related to satcom

    Cons

    Every software is proprietary, there this experience cannot be applied to the corporate companies outside


  9. Great company to grow in.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    iDirect is a great company that cares about their employees. They allow you to stretch and grow if you have the drive to do so.

    Cons

    You must be self driven, no hand holding here.


  10. Helpful (13)

    A disappearing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We are well-located in the suburb of DC.
    We are far away from I-495, I-66 and I-95, we don't have long commute.

    Cons

    We are disappearing, SERIOUSLY!!! We lost good engineers almost every week, while we are short of money hiring new engineers.

    We make below-market pay to people. Why? Because we are a telecom and hardware company, we don't compete with Internet companies on compensation. But we have BONUS for you, how about 0.1%?

    We are failing a project, we have a lot of bugs and missing features. You want come helping us, you will work continuously for 4 weeks in a row without 1 day break LIKE I DID.

    We use technologies from the 1990s. We are one of the satellite industry elites, we have government protection, we don't need ambition and innovation. We have too many 20+ yrs experience engineers, we don't need you, fresh graduates.

    We don't write documentation because we don't have time writing them. We have to hunt down knowledge from here and there everyday.

    We have too many management people. We have technical managers who plans project, we have project managers who only plan project. we recently hired product managers who also plan project. We have 6 levels of management in the engineering department, but we only have 100 people.

    Advice to Management

    We need to fix all the problems.


  11. Helpful (13)

    All HRs and Hring managers are liers. They told you 20% bonus. But it is ZERO.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    All HRs and Hring managers are liers. They told you 20% bonus. But it is ZERO.

    Cons

    All HRs and Hring managers are liers. They told you 20% bonus. But it is ZERO.
    Yes. It is ZERO.
    I worked hard for one whole year. And waiting for 10k bonus to buy some new hokey kit for my 9 year old boy. But they lied to me. They said, comapny growth did not meet expectation so not a penny for bonus.
    All liers and I quit.



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