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REI Systems Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice workplace environment, flexible hours (does not mean less work) (in 14 reviews)

  • Professional development hours are very helpful in expanding your skillset as REI encourages continuous improvement for every employee (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers (in 5 reviews)

  • Why would anyone want to work with such people (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At REI, we develop software for the government much like other contractors in the area. What I like is the length the company goes to make it an enjoyable place to work. Work time is generally flexible to meet family needs.

    Cons

    Depending on project, there are time pressure


  2. Helpful (3)

    "REI needs to value the hardwork put in by its employees."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules , good benefits

    Cons

    They do not value hard work . When you are a member of REI teams, seldom does your handwork gets recognized unless you work with a client or if you are in a managerial position.

  3. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Growth opportunities, Compensation, Work life balance

    Cons

    Uncertainity, less clients, focused on one area


  4. Helpful (10)

    "A Sinking Ship in Denial"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    REI needs help to evolve, so there are potential opportunities for smart, talented, and disruptive executives or managers who have a history of making real, impactful change happen. Solid vacation and otherwise decent benefits package. Free bagels on Fridays.

    Cons

    REI is a static and reactive company where very little has changed overall in the past 5+ years. Being static in IT for that long is a death sentence. Unless REI makes a concerted effort to drastically change, it will not be around a decade or two from now.

    There is an ugly culture that dominates this company wherein honesty is not valued and employees are not trusted and it stems from the top down. You can see evidence of this in the previous review ("The People's Company"). Notions like "If you are unhappy here, you'll be unhappy anywhere!" and "There are very few cons, but I don't even want to talk about them." are tossed around, even from C-level executives. That is dishonest at best and manipulative propaganda at worst. It's great to be positive about the future - it's horrible to be obstinately blind to your flaws and to lie to yourself and to your employees. Avoiding tough truths and halfheartedly searching for short-term solutions to the company's problems are surefire ways to stagnate and fail in the long-term.

    REI was a company of ~500 employees when I joined. It was a company of ~500 employees when I left over five years later, but not for lack of trying to grow. The company has been spinning its wheels and it has been going nowhere because there is simply no solid foundation to build upon. There is no real growth opportunity to be found there, either as a whole for the business or for the individuals therein, unless REI's management is able to bring about some very disruptive changes company-wide.

    While there are some isolated teams which are technologically competent and up-to-date, they hardly represent the company as a whole. There are some very talented people here and there, but they are nearly always incorrectly utilized and mistreated. You'll often see that the most competent person on a team is also the most junior (both in title and experience) member of that team and that should never happen - that marks a critical failure in resource management. The company also has many of the pieces it needs for success, but it frankly has no idea how to use them.

    REI is a purely reactionary company that has proven that it simply cannot plan for the future. I strongly suggest avoiding this company and looking elsewhere for employment if you are an IT professional. Is it absolutely the worst place in the world to work? No, but given the other options available in the DC area, there is no reason to settle for a sub-par, struggling company. If you do choose to join and are good or great at what you do, you are in for a world of stress and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    You reap what you sow - Garbage in, garbage out. You absolutely must revamp your hiring process, rethink your approach to gathering, training, and retaining a talented workforce, and trim your personnel down to those who are actually providing true value, including eliminating wasteful and redundant managerial positions, while seeking to add higher quality hires.

    You cannot afford to lose the talent that hasn't left, so you must begin to recognize and value the exceptional workers that you do have currently, which includes paying them competitively and rewarding them when they persevere and succeed, especially under difficult circumstances. You must learn how to create opportunities for advancement and promotion for the employees that shine the brightest. Most importantly, you have to learn to trust your employees from the top down.

    Learn to think and act proactively. Look for the risks beyond the horizon and have a plan in place for them ahead of time. Acting in a reactive manner will only carry you so far before you lose the trust of your customers. You will continue to lose business if you fail to break the cycles of over-committing and under-delivering and at the heart of that cycle is a reactive mindset.

    If the complacency continues unabated, REI will face a slow death in the years to come.


  5. "REI review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good to start ,benefits are good

    Cons

    they do not value your work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A mediocre last resort (seriously)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cell phone reimbursement, ok benefits

    Cons

    You wont work with the "sharpest" minds. There is so much drama..so many unprofessional folks that it becomes even worse. The quality of work that they can give you will be mind numbing. You may actually become worse (skill wise and professional development wise) with time. If you have visa issues then go for it...but if you have any other choice..literally any other choice then don't make the mistake of joining REI

    A word of caution: A year ago, this company had 2.4 stars and very negative reviews.

    Advice to Management

    rise above nepotism, favors and build a culture where people's skills are respected


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at REI Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great company with lots of great people

    Cons

    The work isnt very exciting.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REI Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive, very energetic culture. They are transitioning to Agile-style development and it is generating a lot of excitement. Above average benefits. LOTS of encouragement and support for continuing education.

    Cons

    Not all the managers are 100% on board with the new, more dynamic style of doing business and seem more preoccupied with maintaining their personal empires, but that is also changing.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the energy generated by adopting the Agile process. Stay true to your core values and you will best AND the biggest someday. I would have rated REI 4.75 stars, because no company is perfect, but REI is pretty darn close.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A specific mold required"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Bagel Friday and the facilities are modern. People are friendly once you get to know them, especially if you're in a larger business unit.

    Cons

    Very divided based on business unit. Not much inclusion from other business units because of the structure. Very cliquish. Overall the murmurs of contract troubles or lack of winning contracts is stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Being very projectized does not create the best culture.


  10. "Good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REI Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good development work, helpful co-worders

    Cons

    You will work through out the year. Very less break.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the need to employees and lower level and get assessments about the manger which will help for better productivity of the employees


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