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MDA Corporation Vancouver Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  • Upper management seem to be detached from the minions, are more interested in their shareholders than their employees (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, intelligent people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - M4 Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - M4 Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very interesting complex subject matter
    nice and intelligent co-workers
    various team building and company events
    free and ample parking
    cafeteria, gym, foosball, etc.

    Cons

    lower than average compensation
    the typical long/slow processes that are associated with larger companies

    Advice to Management

    I think that management should increase the compensation to match industry standards, if they want to continue to attract and retain talented people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Time machine back to the 80's or even 70's..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, relaxed corporate culture, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry average with raises ranging from 1%-3% annually. Long office hours, understaffed, OT is reflective negatively upon you during performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn how to retain their employees, especially their cost center employees. All employees should be viewed as assets, whether or not they generate revenue. The cost to train a new employees affects not only their team but various departments and management. Match salaries with industry averages!


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Stay away! Stay VERY far away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cafeteria isn't bad but would be better if subsidized a bit. No healthy options either, but they do have vegetarian options though.
    That's the only positive I believe there is, unfortunately!
    Well, you do get to say you worked at MDA, which "may" look good on your resume if you pull out the $5 bill and show people the back, or the old $100.

    Cons

    Everything! Outdated technology. Very restricted IT policies. Can't plug any USB into a computer. Can't access most websites, even from the public wifi offered. Can't download photos through USB from company provided cellphone! Ancient working methods using file structures to organize and manage projects. Lots of politics!!!! Cliques! Many people who's only EVER worked at MDA their whole career! They have no other work experience but are "know it all's". Many alpha-male types / a-type personalities, who only like to hear themselves talk! If you want to work here be prepared to be underpaid. You're still reading? There's nothing good here, really. Working here was probably the worst career move I've ever made!!! I tried sticking it out in the hopes it would get better but nope! Now I spend my evenings job searching, hoping for anything just to get me out of here! Quarterly reviews are so high-level and more of a show than anything else. Another word that comes to mind for MDA is sweatshop! Every project re-invents the wheel, seeming to start from scratch! They sell it as a project "start-up". It's not a start-up! It's nothing like a start-up! Start-up's are much more agile and use new technology tools and methods and don't have all the politics. Startups don't use the waterfall methodology! Still reading? Really, don't work here! They don't pay bonuses. They have a loophole around overtime by calling it "flex time" and it's a 1:1 ratio, unlike overtime that's paid at 1.5 or double time. And if you do work flex time to make sure you deliver your work package on time for the project's benefit or you'll be questioned why you're working flex time. The reality is you're working extra to make sure MDA is successful. It's insulting to be asked this question. Then any flex time you do have can be used against you! Yes, you read that right. The company can force you to take time off using your flex time. So if you've accumulated say 2 weeks or 6 weeks, etc. and they are going through a slow time, or need people to take a break on a project else they'll burn through the budget then they force people to take/use the flex time they've accumulated. So it's not like you get to take the time off when you want that you busted your butt to save theirs and that's the thanks you get! Why did I take this job? Oh why!!! Is God punishing me for previous sins? There must be a logical answer to this! Life cannot be so cruel!!!

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure management can change this company, or take any advice seriously. The culture needs an overall re-vamp, starting at the top. The "Friedman-style" has flowed down and become the way of the leaders. If you want to be successful at MDA you need to be or become a bully. You'll fit in well. If you like to be bullied and be submissive then you'll fit in well. If you stand up to this type of thing you'll not fit in. Be the bully or be bullied. And sometimes you have to take / do both!


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Complacency"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    $1 pancake on friday, aside from that, very little.

    Cons

    This company does not foster collaboration in their teams, everyone is given their own work package and an allocated time budget to finish the task. Taking time away from yourself to help another coworker is inherently 'punished' since you're wasting your own allocated time.

    Managers don't care for your career development. you better hope that your supervisor will fight for you because if not, you won't be seeing yourself progressing up the ladder.

    pay is below market value.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees


  5. "Great team, great place to learn from smart people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large organization with lots of opportunities to learn from some very smart and talented managers and grow your career. Stable company, good work/life balance. Teams are dedicated to their work. Lots of fun company social events. Health benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Overall a great place to work, although the salary could be more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    You've got some of Vancouver's strongest talent - make sure you retain them!


  6. "good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    a world leader in what they do

    Cons

    overly political and pays below average for a high tech company

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Just not a good fit for me"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work is engaging
    Employees are smart
    Good place to get some experience
    If your face fits, you can do very well, but it's not necessarily about talent, more about playing the game and knowing the right people.

    Cons

    Upper management seem to be detached from the minions, are more interested in their shareholders than their employees.
    Pay is relatively low
    Can be a bit of a sweatshop.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "STAY AWAY. I'll be leaving in few months..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a full time employee you get 15% discount on company stock, and you can invest up to 10% of your annual salary. I think this is by far the best perk here.

    You also get 30% discount on Rogers bills and $10 MS Office Suite.

    Even though this is an established company, project based nature means every project feels like a startup - you get to do literally everything. Development, product design, devops... I guess this could also be a con, but if you are a younger developer this experience will be valuable later on.

    Work-life balance is in most cases encouraged.

    Cons

    Outdated technology everywhere, strict IT policies mean you can't do any work: they don't let you download, install, run anything until IT scans it. USB connection has been stripped recently. Seriously this company is going back in time, and that includes sub-par compensation. Somehow these people believe being able to bank overtime is a killer benefit...

    No choice of equipment. Getting a laptop here is for some reason a privilege, and you can only get it after certain years of experience.

    Company is project based, and project teams are put together on demand. This means no product ownership and every code base is pretty much all spaghetti code. Only way the projects get under way is if a customer is willing to pay for it. A joke of a company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. When you make half a billion in operational revenue each quarter, reward your employees and make them feel valued.


  9. "Admin staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of company events, quarterly reviews (after party) fun. Great learning opportunities and good benefits (no deductible or premium cost)

    Cons

    Cafeteria food can be a hit or miss, same for air conditioning in building. Salaries are average at best.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage management to put people first, and take the time to get to know them by walking around the building


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A less than satisfying career experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Free parking and an onsite cafeteria.

    Cons

    Politics and dysfunction within the leadership ranks.


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