InterDigital Reviews

Updated 9 June 2014
Updated 9 June 2014
27 Reviews

3.5
27 Reviews
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InterDigital President, CEO, and Director William J. Merritt
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  1.  

    Patent or Perish!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InterDigital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and bonuses well above industry average
    Work on cutting-edge wireless
    Job security for authors/co-authors of numerous patent applications
    Mostly good people to work with
    Relaxed working environment (typically no product deadlines)

    Cons

    Hard to advance past Member Technical Staff for engineers
    Has a reputation as a patent troll
    Limited transparency of executive decision making down to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive the business through engineering innovation instead of purely patent driven decisions. Good engineering will always create value in some form.

  2.  

    Experience not great overall. Coworkers were great to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support  in  King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Support in King of Prussia, PA (US)

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with industry for engineers and IT, however the KOP location is rather remote from any activities or a city.

    Cons

    Entrenched in outdated processes, The Board and CEO trying to sell the company. Department projects and goals rarely met which affected your bonus - when they didn't cut it at the year's end. No yearly bonus if you leave before 12-31. KOP location is rather remote and all major access roads have heavy traffic during peak times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to sell the company so The Board and CEO can have a payday, and get back to letting the engineers be innovative. Prorate bonuses when someone leaves of their own accord.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Need some talented higher management to drive this place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in King of Prussia, PA (US)

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment,
    open research environment

    Cons

    R&D not applicable that much to product development
    The company is trying to invest in many small projects and this make it not specialized in any thing in particular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unclear vision for most of the employers on where the company is heading and its future. Management should make this message clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horizontal structure and easy-to-work with Engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA (US)

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Profit-sharing, Annual bonus, opportunity to work with latest wireless technologies

    Cons

    Lack of vision; This company is big into patents and legal so Engineers are treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at long term goals rather than keep changing your strategies every short while. This will create a lot of distraction in the work place and results in a poor efficiency from the Engineers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Family friendly, fantastic people, great opportunity for advancement, interesting work, great benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Can't think of any downside to working at InterDigtial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    InterDigital is a place that can be both a wonderful and frustrating place to work.

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    Current Employee - Manager Equivalent
    Current Employee - Manager Equivalent

    I have been working at InterDigital

    Pros

    Very intelligent workforce; excellent salaries, benefits, bonuses; many avenues for learning - rotations in departments, training programs, and some really good people who are willing to teach you things and share their ideas. We can challenge ideas freely. While there's always a lot of change going on, it's a great company and our CEO is really approachable and totally gets it. There is a friendly, family-like atmosphere, very casual. It's easy to look forward to going to work.

    Cons

    We could update some of our internal technologies and maybe run certain areas more efficiently but the company is always looking at ways to improve so I have no complaints!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems like the board of directors has always been too conservative to give good advice to a tech company so I would say to try and get more tech savvy and younger members on the board. They should be more willing to take risks on future technologies. We are extremely smart engineers and management has good ideas. I always have gotten the impression that the board blocks a lot of the more risky and interesting ideas.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The experience was not good. I worked in a myopic, entrenched chain of command.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA (US)

    I worked at InterDigital

    Pros

    Salary
    Incentive plan
    Good location for families

    Cons

    Suffocating, unexciting environment
    Unstimulating work
    Personal development opportunities very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely at past achievements of new hires and use that to carve a challenging career path for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay for very senior level engineers and managers, poor pay to junior engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at InterDigital

    Pros

    Good pay for very senior level engineers and managers

    Cons

    poor pay to junior engineers

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good money for the work hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Melville, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY (US)

    I have been working at InterDigital

    Pros

    a very relaxed pace of work, good base salaries, good bonus and compensation, freindly atmosphere, job stability, very good work- life balance

    Cons

    insufficeint technical challenge, poor middle management who does not care about proffesional and carrer growth, most people are near retirement- very few young and dynamic people. Dfifficult to change groups- easy to be stuck in a rut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the fat!. This is a top heavy organisation. Add more young engineers. Make promotions more uniform. Allow people to change groups

    No opinion of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer

    I worked at InterDigital

    Pros

    Most co-workers are great; a few are dead weight.
    Reasonable pay
    Flexible working arrangements (although this is getting more restrictive now)
    First-level management mostly cares about their people (that's changing too)

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance (company doesn't care if it works you to death)
    Upper management has no regard or respect from employees
    Typical political correctness from HR, but it's all a smoke-screen to hide lack of employee regard
    Poor employee morale due to management practices
    Declining level of benefits, at ever higher prices
    Company is not an innovator; just follows the market and focus is on low price, not quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the company's success is due to the hard work and creativity of your employees, NOT your tired and worn-out strategies and me-too policies. If you want the company to turn around, stop focusing solely on costs and start treating your people like the professionals they are; support them and encourage innovation and create an environment where the morale can improve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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