iDirect Technologies

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iDirect Technologies Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best hardware company

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

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time (less than an 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
  2.  

    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.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    We need a lot of changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great company, fast paced.

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

    I worked at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    International company, good people, lots of fun, and hard workers.

    Cons

    Not really any cons, lots of growth opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that is going down

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

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies full-time

    Pros

    You get your paycheck on time. Was good several years ago

    Cons

    The revenue is dropping rapidly this year. Bonus was good (20%) prior to 2013, but almost no bonus at all in 2014. Do not expect bonus any more.

    Below average pay. Bad green card policy.

    There are a lot of politics, reorganizations are frequent. Lots of people left recently, both at will and let go.

    Management is a disaster. Directors and managers are not capable of managing big project. There are two ways of management, zero management or micromanagement. Project is severely delayed for more than a year.

    The satellite industry is a niche market. The technology they use is outdated, and not used by other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop politics, focus on what you should do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    No green card for internationals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you have nothing to do, but work.....

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Depending on where you are at your career, may get some new valuable work experience of different process.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of overtime for no thanks or rewards. Company is trying to save money as much as possible at your time expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very Unethical !

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Qualification Test Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Qualification Test Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Good compensation. Company willing to pay to get good candidate, but it is very wrong to think about lasting with the company. Advanced SATCOM technology. A lot to learn. Some good smart colleagues around.

    Cons

    Unethical politics from managerial leadership to create own competitive troubles and ganging up with the old unable trouble making employee to harass the new good smart and dedicate hard working employee. Destructive competitions, attacks, defamations, fake accusations, denials, blames, and favoritism are all very unethical. Favoritism from management is not only unfair and unethical, it also against the employment law. If managers require covering up issues with the new Ka band SATCOM project with Inmarsat and your inability to lead the team, then just stop hiring good candidates to support you. Just look for those inexperienced employee who can easily following all of your misleading so you can accuse them with all of your wrong doing later on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR requires to stop favoring unethical and unable manager to compete with and harass the new employee which is against the law! New employee creativities and dedicated hard works were meant to help the manager and the company iDirect. Ganging and teaming up with the unable manager together with the trouble making old employee fake accusations about the new employee is only to destroy the company. You need to listen to the new employee, not just begging the old managers and employee to destroy the company. Accepting and separating from employment are all at will on both sides. There is no need to defame the employee for the excuses. A great leader is the one who appreciates and encourages their employee. There is nothing else that could kill the ambitions of an employee to contribute by the unethical competition, suppression, and harassment from the manager for his own feeling of important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair and good work experience at this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Good work ethics. Smart people all around. Upcoming company , and not very big in size.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours and even on weekdays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice working environment. Challenged by deadlines

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iDirect Technologies

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment. Generous to recognized people.

    Cons

    Challenged by deadlines and internal process.

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