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Updated January 12, 2018
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Vancouver, BC, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • Really low pay, below industry standards (in 7 reviews)

  • One of the most incompetent senior management team I have experienced in my career (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Interesting projects
    Capable and professional coworkers

    Cons

    Pay below average
    Hard to get promoted after reaching intermediate level


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ineffective management bringing company down"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some projects are interesting and novel
    - Most coworkers are easy to work with and competent
    - Flexible work schedule
    - OK benefits

    Cons

    - Management is either completely ignorant or does not care about employee opinion and dissatisfaction
    - Non-management engineers are treated as simply resource to be traded in and out of projects whenever management dictates
    - Low compensation
    - Outdated and ineffective IT department who often is a barrier to productivity
    - Always trying to catch up to modern technology standards with no actual intent or plan on execution
    - Lack of company culture

    Advice to Management

    Company moral is low for a reason. It's best to look into why.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers. They're in the same boat as you are, so they understand.

    Cons

    What can I say that hasn't already been said here? When I first considered this opportunity I did so knowing full well I was blatantly ignoring the online reviews. I thought it would be fine regardless. That was a mistake. Don't do what I did. You will end up writing a similar review to mine in the near future. Even some ex-employees that I had talked to prior to accepting the job offer had specifically told me NOT to take the job. I wanted to try something new, but now I regret it.

    - Very low pay. It's well below national average. I made more as a new university grad.
    - Horrible management. They have no people skills or management skills. They don't care about you. There is a lot of backstabbing going on behind the scenes.
    - All they care about are numbers and budget.
    - They encourage a very toxic environment.
    - Everything happens slowly here. IT is a massive burden. You have no idea.
    - It seems like people leaving the company is a huge issue for them because they keep mentioning it. However, nothing is done to remedy this. The turnover rate is abnormally high and they are aware of it, yet can't fix it.
    - Job description and interview did not reflect the tasks or the role I was given.
    - There is too much process here for the work that is done. Even if you did find something you liked doing here, you would be too caught up in the process and would only be doing real work part of the time.
    - They'll ask more of you than what can be done in a given day, and they'll ask you do things on your own time. This would normally be fine for career growth, but salary is low, there is no overtime pay, and career outlook is bleak. There is no reason to let them profit off your spare time. We also have families to tend to.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer 1"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some great people

    Cons

    Cafeteria quality varies from OK to unacceptable.
    IT seems to be dead set on slowing everyone down. Installing software is a hurdle, getting equipment is an even bigger hurdle.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new cafeteria, find ways to improve IT.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Yikes!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the company's flagship products appears on the Canadian five dollar bill, which is also located in the lobby of the Richmond office.

    Cons

    Where to start?!?

    1. Pay is significantly below market
    2. Performance management is non existent - expect to work with poor quality, low skill employees... all the good ones have moved on to higher paying positions at other companies
    3. Will no longer be a Canadian company, HQ already located in San Fran.
    4. Non-existent work life balance... people have had breakdowns at the office (and worse!)

    Advice to Management

    Addressing your poor wages will go a long way towards attracting and retaining the best talent. Until hen, expect this to be another example of a Canadian high tech flame out


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty Underwhelming"

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    Former Intern - Junior Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Junior Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Gym Access
    - Forced to take on lots of responsibility
    - The company is well-known within the Space and Intelligence industry and coordinates with big-name entities like Spacex and NASA. May be interesting to see what projects are being worked on.

    Cons

    - Culture is too relaxed
    - Uninspiring environment
    - Minimal guidance from managers (no mentorship)
    - No developed intern program
    - Disorganized
    - Aging employee base
    - No proper software development cycle
    - No best practices enforcement/knowledge


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Eng."

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    Current Employee - Eng in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Eng in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent management across the board

    Cons

    everything is excellent no comment

    Advice to Management

    Keep good work

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Total lack of modern management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and relocation package if you can negotiate
    Flexible working time around the core hours

    Cons

    Engineering is way far from agile and Agile.
    Engineering management is deaf, it's only keen to deliver project by project by any means, shifting any advice for improvement to "the next time".
    The company is clearly shifting to US.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire skilled people from the outer world to take advantage of their experience, listen to them.


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Positive work environment. Everyone is very helpful and are willing to either walk you through your problem or point you to the resources or people who can help with the current problem.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other organizations in Vancouver.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid working here unless you are desperate for a job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDA Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only Pros to working at MDA is if you need some experience to move on to the job you really want.

    Cons

    Very poor pay and benefits. One of the most incompetent senior management team I have experienced in my career. The HR department is huge and completely inept. The facility itself is a garbage dump, one of the most dilapidated and dirty I've ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Find managers who know what the hell they are doing!!!!


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