MDA - Good place to work, not everyone pulls their weight though. | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, not everyone pulls their weight though."

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    Former Employee - Member, Technical Staff 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Space industry can be really exciting/stimulating if that's your cup of tea. You could get to work side-by-side with astronauts and other exceptional types.

    Cons

    Space industry is very risk-averse and there's lots of bureaucracy. Cost-plus contracts mean people don't have incentive to really innovate; structure starts to self-perpetuate. In long run this makes the company less competitive. The robotics/human space flight division is not the moneymaker in the company so can be subject to the whims of the larger market.

    Advice to Management

    The excitement of working with astronauts etc. isn't always enough to keep people motivated. Work hard to foster a well-rounded culture or continue to suffer brain-drain.

    MDA2013-02-27
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    "Good processes, but lacks innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA

    Pros

    - Excellent well-documented processes - Management is very understanding - Challenging work

    Cons

    - Lack of innovation - Union shunts internal competition and promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Take the initiative to reward high-performance individuals. Invest more in the work environment to promote innovation.

    MDA2016-10-02
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    "Engineering Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDA full-time

    Pros

    Great projects and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    Very command and control operational framework

    Advice to Management

    Transform to a matrix-like organization to improvement inter-departmental efficiency

    MDA2018-10-23

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