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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Tech"

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    Former Employee - Principal RF Technician in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Principal RF Technician in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COM DEV International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers and some Managment, Please be aware I am talking about Com Dev USA,
    Not any other Com Dev entity.

    Cons

    Mr. Mike Pley is a political hack answering only to the board of directors, Com Dev USA
    went the way of all good companies, Idiot directors with no forward vision

    Advice to Management

    Fire Pley


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at COM DEV International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment, smart well educated staff and management, advancement opportunities, community service focused, many employees have worked here for significant portions of their careers

    Cons

    There is a lot of work that needs doing so sometimes the work/family life balance is a bit off

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more attention to your employee survey results

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Closing Aerospace Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    COM DEV USA was a small, close-knit company

    Cons

    Despite its small size, COM DEV carried much of the baggage of a larger aerospace firm - a fair amount of bureaucracy, slow moving, and only interested in legacy products. Was unable to get support from parent company for real investment in new products or markets.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not all Start-Up viable. Corporate is closing division."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    My co-workers attitude and opportunities for growth. I worked with a good group of people that were supportive, professional and worked hard to accomplish the program commitments. I was also given many opportunities to grow in areas that have helped me develop my career.

    Cons

    It was difficult to plan ahead, supporting three or four different programs at different stages of development. Especially, when anomalies or quality issues in production occurred that had to be addressed and dispositioned quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Remove two-tiered Senior Management and staff barriers. Treat workers with respect and listen to their concerns and recommendations. Maybe, we did all that could be done, and the company fell, because we couldn't get new products to market that the customer wants.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Too many managers trying to run the programs

    Advice to Management

    cut down on management


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Management, management, management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    So much potential for a great place to work - relaxed and casual work environment, new facilities, work-life balance (generally), flexibility to take technology and business in new directions and essentially a sole-source supplier to their primary customer, sustaining core business for years to come.

    Cons

    Hopeless management. Management is a small clique of mostly old friends. Nothing wrong with starting with what/who you know. But if that's not working, find the right person for the job. The constant reshuffle of the same people with new job titles over and over again tells the rank and file you don't know what you're doing and nothing is going to get better.

    Advice to Management

    COM DEV USA needs some new faces at the senior management level. Hiring your old buddies isn't inspiring confidence in the workforce. Start in Sales/Bus Dev. How long do you get to not win some real new business?


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time

    Pros

    The work was interesting and the pace was always fast. Most of the people were great. They had a good kids Xmas party.

    Cons

    Vicious cyclical work environment. You work 60-70 hours a week for a few months and the next your looking for charge numbers with money left on them to put your time against. Pay was low and a it was a sweat shop for non electrical engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people for management with management experience. Don't keep promoting engineers with MBAs.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "If you get in here you have it made."

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    Former Employee - RF Test Technologist in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - RF Test Technologist in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at COM DEV International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -full service cafeteria with subsidized breakfast
    -RRSP matching option
    -stock options
    -very clean environment

    Cons

    -way too multicultural
    -it is often obvious that a lot of people have their job not because they are qualified to have it, but because of affirmative action

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Advanced member of technical staff"

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    Former Employee - Technologist III in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technologist III in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and be a part of the Satellite communications industry. This is a great high-tech company.

    Cons

    Poor management skills for certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training


  10. "Now Honeywell"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Drumbo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Drumbo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COM DEV International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great compensation and benefits, encouraged robust training opportunities

    Cons

    acquired by Honeywell, market is cyclical


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