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Costa Mesa, CA

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  • The software stack of STB is based on very old technology equivalent to that of Windows 3 (in 8 reviews)

  • acquisition by cisco means big company bureaucracy and decision making in silicon valley (could be too america-focused) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    Pros

    Pace was just about right, not too fast, not too slow.
    Very professional environment.

    Cons

    Not much development, mostly integration.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "NDS (now part of Cisco) Questionable leadership"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Immediate teammates were like family. Opportunity to work across cultures. Work on evolving technologies. In a pretty decent location in the OC.

    Cons

    very segmented operations even between teams who were supposed to be working together, weak leadership when pressed on important issues at the ground level, questionable enforcement of company policy, kept bad employees around rather than remove them. victims of budget cuts just like everyone else, but handled poorly - had to get approval for printing in color?

    Advice to Management

    grow a pair. show a little, scratch that, A LOT more concern for the employees. invest in the employees who WANT to be there and who are doing good.

  3. "Great career development opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global team. Cutting edge technology. At the cusp of accelerating the pay tv related technologies. Result focused and merit based reward systems in place.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. The teaming happens at a global scale rather than local. Which is good for some and bad for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance and some interesting work but can be a dull at times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great respect amongst everyone. Very friendly place to work! Strives to follow good process and produce high quality.

    Cons

    Can have a lot of work on legacy platforms -- not very cutting edge work. Sometimes it can be very slow paced environment.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to take part in innovation. Create a program to include proactive/innovative type work as fixed percentage of time.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible HR department, old-timers getting a free ride, favoritism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and better than average pay.

    Cons

    I've never seen such a Macchiavellian HR Department as at NDS. Your concerns and needs are not represented by this department, though they pretend to be on your side. Senior management in the card plant is not interested in advancement of its employees or fairness. There is much favoritism at play and gross salary inequities. A few people do most of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your HR director. Find someone else who truly cares about people first instead of protecting their own power base.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I suppose it's a nice place if you're an under-achiever and just looking for a 9 to 5 job where you won't be expected to do anything extraordinary.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. No appreciation for good work. No career opportunities unless you're into office politics. Thinking outside of the box is discouraged. Bad vibes and unpleasant work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and go home. The current senior management is a lost cause. Also, replace your entire HR department.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Would head north if I was you..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good living in the orange county. Nice suburban area, near the ocean, in the heart of one of the richest CA counties. If the work place was better - would be perfect.

    Cons

    Too much politics, there is no appreciation from the management, low pay. Engineers expected to work long hours, a lot of working with the off shore development teams (India, Israel, UK, Hong Kong, China, Korea...). Most of the work is maintaining existing systems, almost no new development (which is done in Israel).
    Company treats employees as if they have to be grateful for given the chance of working there.

    Not a catch.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing more in your human resources


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