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MDA Corporation Montreal Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Montreal, QC, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • Also, the cafeteria food is awful, and there is no alternative, since the place is located far away from civilization (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management seem to be detached from the minions, are more interested in their shareholders than their employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly environment to work in"

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    Former Intern - Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at MDA Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Supportive management team.

    Cons

    Unstable industrie so when going through layoffs it gets depressing, and a lack of work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old toxic culture, 1980 IT department style."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very challenging yet exciting complex projects to work on, project managers are the best to work with, talanted, motivated, dedicated and open minded

    Cons

    Old toxic culture, Union culture by all means , close mindness, seniority is the main thing that matters regardless of efficiency or productivity, the motto is to work with what we have which makes it very challenging to people who think outside the box and want to make things better.

    Employees are never engaged in any of the upper management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the unions, help employees to reach their full potential instead of putting them in a box


  3. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment. Many projects. Multidisciplanry teams.

    Cons

    Little opportunities to advance. Average or below average pay.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Great people, super interesting to work in Satellite communications

    Cons

    old management style, low morale, poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Develop your leadership skills, be more empathic and inspire your teams. Boost more the moral, feels like sad place to work


  6. Helpful (2)

    "MDA the promise"

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    Former Employee - Systems Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work diverserty is/wwas very interesting

    Cons

    Does not share a good work/life balance ethic

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    i learned about how satellites are made. Aerospace is a very interesting field.

    Cons

    poor learning environment. union environment.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pleasure working here"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible time, good benefits, vacation time!

    Cons

    Slow rate of pay increase, stagnation in terms of knowledge acquisition, can be repetitive at times.

    Advice to Management

    If I had actual advice, other than complaining, I would let them know in person, they are fairly approachable!


  9. "MDA"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, with a helpful staff.

    Cons

    Repetitive and slow pace with the same schedule everyday.

    Advice to Management

    More group work.


  10. "Good pay (contractor), good people, slightly sterile environment"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    MDA Montreal has got satellite design down to a science. Overall, a great place to learn about the different aspects of the industry.

    Cons

    The cost of equipment failure looms large, making it necessary to improve the products/procedures in very small increments. There is a recipe and you are encouraged to master it, not improve upon it. The product is extremely complex, requiring job descriptions to be quite narrow to ensure the person is capable of focusing on developing the necessary expertise.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of best practices are not documented as the deep experience of the 20,30+ year veteran staff did not require it in the past. With the hiring of their eventual replacements, it is important to distill the best practices from outgoing staff while filtering out old habits which are no longer relevant in the space industry.


  11. "Like it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in a compagnie with a lot of challenges. Very interresting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Not very much to complain.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about everything conserning the management.


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