REI Systems
3.1 of 5 56 reviews
www.reisystems.com Sterling, VA 500 to 999 Employees

REI Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 04, 2014
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3.1 56 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya

Veer Bhartiya

(45 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible hours, nice working environment"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Very friendly work environment, which also includes top management"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Majority of the Project Managers/Portfolio Managers are horrible to work with"
    in 4 reviews
  • "After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers"
    in 3 reviews
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Stepping Stone

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros1. I respect REI's CEO. He is gem of a person. If you have any concern, you can directly talk to him.
2. They revised benefits in 2014, as they were loosing so many employees, so they decided to do something about it.

Cons1. Favoritism
2. Some Top level Managers are not supposed to be managers. They lack communication skills, basically not fit to be managers.
3. Long Work Hours (Think 10+ hours every day).
4. Below Average Compensation.
5. Terrible management. If you like micro-management, this is the place for you.
6. Nothing would get done with HR Department.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at your Managers. Because of few rotten tomatoes, whole company looks bad.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unethical and disrespectful

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGood medical insurance
Some very talented individuals
Good relationship with existing customers

ConsNo order or process of doing things. No rules in software development. Managers don't understand or value software development best practices. They just want things done to make up their unrealistic promises with the customer. Things break and then they get mad. Not realizing that they have themselves to blame for mismanagement.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus has been on employee retention from senior management. However, mid level managers are not helping.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a much better place in last 2 years!

Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

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

ProsProfessional Development Program
Better Leave Benefits
Better Medical Benefits
Stock Options
Great Place to learn new technology
I would say it's an amazing place to work and learn new skills. Lot of brilliant people.
Great Upper management
Cool People
An Employee Driven Health Club and Electronics Club is a great idea

ConsPerception is some are managers because they are close to upper management not because they have skills. They lack soft and technical skills and also not good communicators. And that reflects clearly and poorly on REI. It's time they understand these project managers(98% of them) are not only bad influence on people but on company's reputation.
These project managers make people slog , deliver the project and get good business for you. But in the process you loose 3 good people and a bad bad reputation!

But upper management is doing a much better job which negates some of the harm done by others.
People are generally good in the company.
Overall it's a very positive company and is open to new ideas.
Lot of changes are beginning to happen and that is bringing some confidence on the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean up your project managers.
Hire people who have good soft skills or find people who are good in people management skills inside company.
You guys have amazing technical brains. You can use them better.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Honest, Hard-Working, Fun, Focused

Manager (Current Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

I have been working at REI Systems for more than 5 years

Pros- If you are good at what you do, you will be recognized and rewarded
- Upper management is getting better at identifying the issues, problems and making every effort to solve it
- So many initiatives have been taken in the last year to make an employee feel appreciated and recognized
- Lot's of fun while working
- Upper management is very open to hearing feedback (positive and negative)
- Have been with the company for 5 years and not a single day has passed where I feel under-appreciated
- Flexible working hours

Cons- Few managers are not good people managers, but the upper management is taking strict action and making it their priority for 2014

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are, I have seen a HUGE difference in the last year, identifying the problems and focusing on solving them. Definitely moving in the right direction.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company that cares

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at REI Systems

Pros1. Executive team always willing to listen and learn

2. The company is willing to make changes based on market needs

3. Focused career tracks for technology and management cadres

4. Great benefits package. (They just made great changes to the professional development hours, health and annual leave benefits package)

5. World class facility with great amenities

Cons1. Lack of core working hours, so that folks can plan their daily activities better

2. Staggered vesting of 401K benefits. It would be nice to have benefits 100% vested in capital markets from day one of enrollment

Advice to Senior ManagementMore focus on increasing REI's brand awareness in the Federal government sector

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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They Make Commitments They Don't Intend to Keep

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

I worked at REI Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Pros1. Utmost job security for non-performers
2. High focus on keeping employees happy irrespective of their performance - detrimental to high performing resources
3. CEO has all the right intentions of looking after employee welfare - always has employees' best interest in mind

Cons1. Incompetent senior and mid-level management - right from COO to line level managers
2. Persistent record of absolute distrust for external hires - employees who have been with REI for long have a habit of keeping things close to themselves while making relatively newer external hires look incompetent
3. Record of flouting all terms and conditions that were negotiated after an employee is hired
4. Strong performers are few and far between - high performers are odd people out in the environment
5. Strong resistance to evolution of the culture to remain relevant in the industry
6. Lack of accountability on part of senior and mid-level management
7. Very theoritical/bookish management styles adopted by leaders/managers - focus is not on tangible results
8. Leadership lacks capability to drive and manage large portfolio
9. Close knit fraternity of old timers look down upon newer external hires and their experience - sign of disrespect and arrogance - not a healthy environment for new hires

Advice to Senior Management1. Accountability should start from top -- from COO level
2. Risk losing high performance if non-performers are not held accountable
3. Management shake up with a mix of experienced external hires with proven credentials has the potential of opening new avenues of growth for REI - complete reliance on long-term tenured staff resulting in stagnation
4. CEO and CIO need to dig deeper into the underlying issues - not sure if they are being fed the right information about the root cause of either loss of business or lack of new business growth
5. Invest in skills and capabilities which are relevant in the current industry - past laurels are not relevant any longer - technology company is as good as their capabilities that are relevant today
6. Resources being promoted to managers and leaders just due to their satisfactory spoken english skills has to stop - it drives away capable resources
7. Please do not hire people from outside if you don't have respect for their experience and skills - no one has the right to ruin someone's career

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Love the positive changes + professional development

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

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

ProsFocus on employee development and communication is very good. Based on employee feedback in executive town-hall meets, they brought many good changes. Benefits are better, vacation days are added, professional development hours. Very positive changes.

ConsNeed more focus on latest technology and innovation. Work from home priveleges difficult to get. I wish there was public transport and better food choices closeby

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the focus on employees. More Happy Hours?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at REI Systems

ProsVery intelligent people, excellent career growth

ConsNeeds more understanding of how business work. Sr. Management lacks industry experience

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Not Fair

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at REI Systems full-time

ProsSenior Management is caring. Some employees are very good and care about what they do. Benefits are good.

ConsManagers say "Yes" to everything customer ask for and then scramble the team to work crazy hours. Learn to manage work and set right expectations.

Don't expect the managers to be fair. If you work normal 8 hours a day and open to work extra even after hours, managers will exploit you and you will never get appreciation.

If you come 11 am in morning, take 2 hour lunches, head home at 5, the managers will reward you with bonuses to make you happy so that you are more productive and begin to be open to working more.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't improve existing managers. Hire some better ones.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst Managers ever!!

Software Delivery/QA (Current Employee)
Sterling, VA (US)

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

ProsDecent benefits.
Federal govt projects,so gives you stability

ConsThis place is good for people who don't mind being bullied by Managers.People who have stayed 10 + years in the firm have all grown up the hierarchy and become Managers.Most of them are not proficient enough in English(verbal or written)managers have 0 Managerial skills and extremely poor soft skills.they could yell at any subordinates every other day for silly reasons.There is no process and Manager changes/manipulates the process as per his wish .This is RIDICULOUS and need to stop in case you want to save old employees.

REI is very could at giving loft designations verbally and make you slog to their utmost potential..However that position will never come to you on paper...

Senior Management does not take any action against these monstrous Managers who actually could suck up all your blood...!!

Advice to Senior ManagementTake action on your Managers...they are honestly not up to the mark

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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