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After a long absence, my return to MDA has been full of surprises. The new management team has proven that their promise to focus on employees is truly their mission, not just empty words. The cultural facelift is refreshing - from frequent token gestures to show their gratitude for your services, to bold strides in removing toxic contributors from the work environment. A far cry from complacency. A dramatic increase in hiring over the recent years has invited a younger workforce that brings about a fun and vibrant atmosphere. In tandem, the investment in employee training has also seen a significant rise, not only in courses/lectures, but also with the implementation of a new shadow/mentorship strategy that allows both junior and senior employees to collaboratively grow in different ways. The new Canadarm3 contract has also renewed the sense of national pride, and along with it a hopeful and optimistic outlook on the technology development ahead. I'm definitely excited to be back. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this iconic lunar mission?
Makes you feel like you're part of a family.
Long commute to work.
The work culture is really great, there is a lot of teamwork and respect. Coworkers are extremely welcoming and helpful when transitioning into the new role, everyone is open to answering questions. Flex time and benefits are really good. Lots of opportunity for training and further education. Management is great and works with you to plan out where you want your career to go and what projects you are interested in. The new structure of the company is helping MDA grow and bringing on a lot of new projects and talent. It's a great place to fuel your passion and contribute meaningful work to Canada's space industry.
MDA is a changed place, with renewed energy and focus under the new leadership. Working on Canadian robotic systems for humanity's return to the Moon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is both challenging and rewarding.
Being part of Canada's flagship space programs
Long commute from where I live
This place practices discrimination during the hiring process based on ethnic origin and the immigration status despite available and confirmed in Canada and in Europe relevant high qualification, Canadian citizenship, available security clearance. Nationalistic discrimination and harassment during the employment is the norm here. Corporate lie about allegedly policies is the norm as well. Nepotism and cronyism is widespread in this organization. The management on all levels and the HR are all heavily involved into this outrageous racism.
Outrageous harassment and discrimination
Over my internship I was given the opportunity to lead my own research project. This freedom to have control over the design was very encouraging and beneficial to my personal development. They also hosted hockey games on a semi-weekly basis, which was a fun opportunity to meet other members of the company.
Je faisais un travail de bureau en collaboration avec une équipe très collaborative. Il y avait des meetings hebdomadaire pour faire le point sur nos charges de travail. Bon atmosphere, par contre pas beaucoup d'interaction avec les gens appartenant a d'autres départements.
Good flex-time benefits, good team work, interesting projects, dynamic environment, respected workplace, understanding management, diverse workforce, difficult business with many competitors.
Environment propre, travail agréable en général projets motivant et travail d'équipe soutenue et bien encadré rigueur et suivi inspection bien établie salaires dans la moyenne et parfois un peu plus. Ambiance parfois désordonnées vu les projets clés en main et donc du cas par cas au niveau ce qui peut expliquer par moment ce désordre, manque de motivations des nouveaux employés avec le temps car il finissent par réalisés que stabilité d'emploi ne rime pas avec MDA, les mises à pied sont périodiques et répétitives au 23 mois est ce que ca peut s’améliorer ? à vous d'aller vérifier !
get to work on very interesting projects like assemblies that go into space. But very little advancement to Senior or management. also work is very administrative with lots of paperwork. No actual engineering just chasing paper.
salary is much lower than market, so the later hired got higher salary and then stay at the level. This year (2019) the rate of salary increase is based on your current one, higher pay got lower rate. During the work, result is less important than attitude. Code reviewers intend to force their own personal preference, if you argue back, then you become a difficult people to work with.
The best thing about the job is the co-workers, everyone is always willing to answer any questions and help you out. The pay for the job is low and upper-management doesn't really seem to know what they're doing. Pay raises are always coming "soon" and constant re-organisations are used as a smokescreen to make it seem like HR and management are making useful changes.
Colleagues were smart and very professional. Learned a lot whilst working there (Left in 2012) Things have changed with a new management team so have no idea of the current culture.
Challenging work, Great professional environment and as a learning environment was second to none, Great place to start your career to get a solid foundation.
Was known as a bit of a sweat shop which staff put up with because the work was interesting, Pay was just OK, but for software engineers it was better to leave and return if you wanted a decent salary, especially if you came fresh from University.
The best part of MDA were the smart and friendly people you get to work with. The salaries weren't great compared to other places and the opportunities for advancement were not there as any openings that I felt i could grow into were always filled externally by someone who would just leave a year later.