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SkyWave Reviews

Updated December 9, 2016
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  1. "Innovative yet stable"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SkyWave full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work with great people. There were many opportunities to contribute to the technology, start new projects, make customers happy around the world. CEO made sure that profit sharing and bonuses were achievable and equitable for all employees.

    Cons

    Wacky CEO. Good with business development but terrible relating to people, especially technical employees. Grass always seemed greener on the other side (competitors), so those that should have been better rewarded for company success, weren't.

    Advice to Management

    Company bought by ORBCOMM as original investors wanted out. New American management makes SkyWave look even better by comparison - attention to quality, customer focus is now missing, replaced with constant firefighting, terrible design practices and stifled innovation. New management doesn't understand what they have, and many good people and good ideas are being overlooked.


  2. "Superb place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best in the company is the people.

    Cons

    There are no cons about working in this company


  3. "Working at SkyWave"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I worked at SkyWave as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people at SkyWave are very friendly, and there are lunchtime learning sessions offered by fellow employees, such as a 6-week German course, or a weekly yoga class. There is a large lunchroom, with many people socializing. They were transitioning to a new automated testing system using Python, which was a good change and presented challenging work to incorporate it into the existing tests.

    Cons

    While I was there, they were going through layoffs - I switched bosses partway through the term.


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  5. "Laid back place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Verification Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Verification Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance. Little overtime, but can get busy at points in the release cycle. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    A little disorganised. Repetitive work. Compensation on the lower end for interns.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Been a pleasure working with you guys.


  6. "Technical support"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to develop a career

    Cons

    I have not see any cons

    Advice to Management

    Should be more active in the supervsion


  7. "Great coworkers and good environment to work at."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Contractor - Inventory and Logistics Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Inventory and Logistics Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SkyWave as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment to work at, open to multiculturalism.

    Cons

    Tendency to find short-term solutions without thinking on the long term results, lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Should be able to see potential in employees and train accordingly.


  8. "Good company to work for, keeps you in the loop to what is happening. Quarterly meetings, barbecue days in the summer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technologist in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technologist in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SkyWave full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of varied projects to work on to keep you busy and interested from customer support, to research and development to sales support

    Cons

    long hours expected and you are *usually* compensated for them with in lieu days, many rounds of layoffs after the merger


  9. "Really Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Decent pay (about on par with industry)
    -great bonuses
    -great work/life balance
    -excellent product
    -good benefits
    -employees are treated as though they are actually a part of the company rather than just working for the company
    -priority is given to internal employees for new job postings

    Cons

    -free snacks/pop would be good as opposed to having to pay for them
    -a gym/fitness program should be added
    -better RRSP matching program

    Advice to Management

    -attempt to reach new markets
    -possibly look into going public down the road


  10. "Great company to gain new experiences and skills while getting the chance to meet great people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SkyWave as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -You do real work as it is a small company with a global level outreach
    -A big variety of challenges and work that you could take on
    -Easy going people to work with

    Cons

    -Lack of urgency in work done from time to time
    -Not team focused from time to time