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iDirect Technologies Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to grow in.

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Herndon, VA

    I worked at iDirect Technologies

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    A disappearing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    We need to fix all the problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn and grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    View from a long standing employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Great Place to work and start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    A falling company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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