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Updated April 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "The work is interesting and keeps employees engaged" (in 14 reviews)

  • "I feel that they promote work life balance" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay compared to other organizations in Vancouver" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Massive purge of upper management occurred to detoxify the culture" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good processes, but lacks innovation"

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Poor compensation , poor benefits and a out of touch Leadership Team"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and smart people work here.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is in over their heads and running the business into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Once you enable your Senior Leaders to do the jobs they were hired to do, you will begin to see progress, gain momentum, and succeed. Until then, this is the most toxic, ineffective Company I have ever worked for. All major decisions within the company must go through the C Suite and they have created a bottleneck that disengages Employees and leaves them unable to perform their jobs.

    HR is completely out of touch with what is competitive and seem to not care. Benefits are worse than any place I've ever worked, and expensive for what you get. No equity and sub-par base salaries in Silicon Valley make it an easy decision to work somewhere else.


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Challenging technical work, competent staff

    Cons

    Not much versatility to change positions within company


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good people, bad culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the people are great and the work is very interesting. Under the right manager there is a good work/life balance. Benefits are average.

    Cons

    Management sets the tone and it is not always a good one. Tends to be inconsistent and temperamental. Treatment of employees is sometimes sub par which leads to not feeling valued.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees are an important key to the success of the business. Treat them with respect and they will serve you well.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, good compensation and bonuses, mostly good teamwork

    Cons

    Career progression almost non-existent unless you are a) an engineer, b) male!

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing more time in face-to-face with employees; less hierarchy could be beneficial.


  7. "Great company to work for with great people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. The people there are wonderful to work with, very competent and enthusiastic. It is generally a very supportive environment. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Work load can be very high. No overtime pay, just bank the flex and take time off later. Pay is on the low side for the industry for most staff. Not many options for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Consider all employees equally important, they are all giving equal effort. Find opportunities for growth for all. Give decent pay raises to all.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Executive management has overstayed welcome despite excellent recent stock growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful smart creative people in the working ranks.

    Cons

    A sycophantic culture where a bunch of yes men surround an out of touch CEO. These yes men have all been bred to follow detailed instructions and are not expected or allowed to think for themselves. Those senior managers that do try to think are cut off from the pack and left isolated as punishment.

    Understanding that it is a business, all decisions are made only with regard to the balance sheet. Company policy is that it is preferable to replace a departed worker at a higher salary than it is to pay good existing employees close to market rates. The HR department is toothless and cowed by the CEO. Micro-management by the CEO has recently become so severe that many of his senior managers have literally given up.

    Strategic growth by acquisition is a very good strategy and working well for the most part. However, executive management is "gutting" the existing business by reducing costs to the point where employees are doing the jobs of 2-3 people on wages that are in most cases 20-30% below industry norms. This is leading to the departure of the company's talent. It has certainly killed innovation within HQ. A lack of funding has also killed the R&D department. The CEO has created a culture of distrust where none of the senior executives communicate and the hoarding of information has become the norm. This leads to very negative consequences for the business and a very inefficient operation where work is always duplicated. The executive management all appear to dislike each other and work in isolation. This is a company that requires a major internal overhaul before it goes off a cliff. Despite the rising stock price, the board of directors should take notice of these internal goings on before it is irreversible.

    Advice to Management

    Retire before the ride ends badly. Advice to the board is that they had better quickly take stock of what is going on before the operations decay to a point of no return.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at MDA full-time (More than 8 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company depending on which area you work in."

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company with a good atmosphere depending on your position and location. The workers seem to treat each other like friends and did happy hours together often.

    Cons

    Some people have more control than they need. An accountant seemed in control over contracts, Quality Assurance, human resources, information technology and other portions of the business. There were instances of clock watching (by non manager accountant) even when time off was approved by the manager. The division manager seemed out of touch with the Houston offices. Pay was not great and raises were not very high most times.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees better, add tuition benefit.