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InterDigital Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Great but challenging place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Management in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest in the industry. Very challenging but performance is recognized and appreciated. Excellent compensation and benefits. If you are good at what you do you can build a great career at InterDigital.

    Cons

    The company changes it's business model radically from time to time, in response to changes in the industry. It can be difficult to keep up. It's a small R&D company so you must work hard to stay in the game. (not really a con, unless you're ok with mediocrity)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent technical workforce hampered by ineffective senior management."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits combined with a work environment in which it is easy to attain a good work/life balance. The engineering workforce is very talented and the company is involved in some exciting wireless R&D projects.

    Cons

    Job security is poor - layoffs occur every frequently because the company hires people for new projects which are then abandoned within 2-3 years. Middle managers are more concerned with maintaining their place in the food chain rather than doing what's good for the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    A thorough housecleaning is in order. The CEO and board of directors need to be replaced with people who actually understand the wireless industry.

  3. "Great place to work but in Suburbs"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative work environment. You are encouraged to do research and produce your own ideas. Competitive salary and benefits. Staff is mostly friendly.

    Cons

    You have to work in suburbs. Even though these days almost all the tech companies located in the suburbs. But if you are single person who would like to have a life outside of the work, it is very difficult to have a balanced life.


  4. "Experience not great overall. Coworkers were great to work with."

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    Current Employee - IT Support in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Support in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with industry for engineers and IT, however the KOP location is rather remote from any activities or a city.

    Cons

    Entrenched in outdated processes, The Board and CEO trying to sell the company. Department projects and goals rarely met which affected your bonus - when they didn't cut it at the year's end. No yearly bonus if you leave before 12-31. KOP location is rather remote and all major access roads have heavy traffic during peak times.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to sell the company so The Board and CEO can have a payday, and get back to letting the engineers be innovative. Prorate bonuses when someone leaves of their own accord.


  5. "Need some talented higher management to drive this place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment,
    open research environment

    Cons

    R&D not applicable that much to product development
    The company is trying to invest in many small projects and this make it not specialized in any thing in particular

    Advice to Management

    Unclear vision for most of the employers on where the company is heading and its future. Management should make this message clear.


  6. "Horizontal structure and easy-to-work with Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit-sharing, Annual bonus, opportunity to work with latest wireless technologies

    Cons

    Lack of vision; This company is big into patents and legal so Engineers are treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    look at long term goals rather than keep changing your strategies every short while. This will create a lot of distraction in the work place and results in a poor efficiency from the Engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The experience was not good. I worked in a myopic, entrenched chain of command."

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary
    Incentive plan
    Good location for families

    Cons

    Suffocating, unexciting environment
    Unstimulating work
    Personal development opportunities very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at past achievements of new hires and use that to carve a challenging career path for them.

  8. "Good money for the work hours."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a very relaxed pace of work, good base salaries, good bonus and compensation, freindly atmosphere, job stability, very good work- life balance

    Cons

    insufficeint technical challenge, poor middle management who does not care about proffesional and carrer growth, most people are near retirement- very few young and dynamic people. Dfifficult to change groups- easy to be stuck in a rut

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the fat!. This is a top heavy organisation. Add more young engineers. Make promotions more uniform. Allow people to change groups


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Need change in Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the pros with InterDigital is the opportunity that people get to work on latest technologies. There is lot of freedom to move from one area of work to another within the company.

    Cons

    There is no concept of work-life balance for people working in the product teams. Working for 6 days a week with really long hours each day is quite common. These crunch times lasted up to one to two years instead of a few weeks/months which is the norm in many technology companies.

    Advice to Management

    InterDigital started product development, hired a team and laid of people and repeated this process three times in the last 9 years. It should put more thought into what it wants to do in the product space before actually hiring the people and bring in people with product experience into the exec team. It is completely reliant on patents that are either silly or are good but about to expire for all the revenue and this can not be the long term plan of the company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small Company. Nice compensation. Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Growth prospects nil. No recognition to small fish. Full of Directors/VPs
    Executive management lacks direction and leadership

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the meetings and discontinue using powerpoint slides during All hands meeting


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