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REI Systems Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
83 Reviews
2.7
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REI Systems President & CEO Veer Bhartiya
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, nice working environment (in 7 reviews)

  • If u stay a long time and if they like you the benefits are good (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of core working hours, so that folks can plan their daily activities better (in 6 reviews)

  • After all this hard work also, do not expect recognition unless you have out of office friendship with managers (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, great intentions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA (US)

    I have been working at REI Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    REI Systems is dedicated to providing the best customer experience above all else. We are passionate about the work we do and want to do it the best way we know how.

    The people are amazing. I have not experienced malicious office politics here like I have at other companies and in other work environments.

    Senior Management is committed to improving employee morale - employee surveys, manager 360 reviews, lunch with executives, town hall meetings, anonymous texts for collecting feedback are all tools that have been implemented to measure satisfaction and make changes.

    Cons

    There is often last minute scrambling to get work done on time. Due to our desire to meet customer expectations, we often fail to nail down requirements until right before deployment. Sometimes this causes lots of re-work and frustrations.

    The quality of the product often suffers due to constant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable for last minute work overload or failure to maintain standards.

    Communication of big picture plans and discussions with team members needs to happen daily. People should not feel left in the dark about why decisions are made and how they will be affected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    All-American sweatshop! Minus the Americans.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good digs, good work computer. I had enough time to pick up lunch at the gas station nearby and eat at my desk.

    Cons

    Above is the best I could do on good things. The employees are seen as tools, not people. I know this because I climbed the ladder quickly and got to hear the management discussions about their underlings. It's not good. I would never treat people the way they do by default.

    I was working 13 hour days minimum, and I only tolerated it because I don't have dependents of my own. Please, do me a favor and don't ever entertain the idea of working at REI. You can thank me over a beer sometime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, you're the problem. Just sell the company and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk!

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

    I worked at REI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good location, nice offices and facilities.

    Cons

    Only do one thing--web-based software development. If you are from a foreign country, like India, this might be a good place to get experience, citizenship, or both. Be prepared for long hours, bad management, playing favorites, and not carry over vacation hours for they never gave you time off. If you are a manager, Indian or not, you should run, not walk from this place. No opportunities for advancement, losing contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the management team or sell the company. Lies add up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly Company

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    -> Friendly colleagues
    -> Flexible timings
    -> Work will keep you busy
    -> Excellent benefits

    Cons

    -> Need to work on cutting edge technologies.. Again this all depends on the govt. needs as most of the projects are health care projects.
    -> Routine work. Sometimes it's boring to work on the same thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An IT sweatshop

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)

    I worked at REI Systems

    Pros

    There were a few people with really good technical talent that I had a pleasure of working with.

    Cons

    Incompetent and abusive managers. Very poor work life balance. Managers set a very high standard for their employees which is in a way kind of good. The problem is they don't set the same level of standard for themselves. They blame their subordinates for their own abysmal project plan and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful whom you choose for management roles. Just having a good personal relationship with a person should not be the reason to promote him or her to management position. If you genuinely care about the long term good of your company, make a little more effort in finding the right talent instead of settling for a mediocre person that you are comfortable working with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for Everybody

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers; management values continuous education. The office space is outstanding. Employees generally have very good cooperative relationships with an attitude of mutual support.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional. If you are an Indian male you have a better chance for recognition and advancement. The company which is located in Loudon County, is more than 50 percent Indian and you cant do that by accident. The Indian team members are "trusted" the rest are seen as "necessary evils". The upper management are out of their depth and the company's mediocre growth is a symptom of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Owners retire so that a competent management team can make the necessary changes in operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You work really hard and don't get much in terms of pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA (US)

    I worked at REI Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    The community was awesome. You are working long hours with people and really getting to know them. Most people are really nice, but some times there are blow ups due to the stress. The work was really interesting and challenging though.

    Cons

    They work you round the clock. My phone never stopped ringing. I would be at work till 2am in the morning then have a manager call me at 10am asking me why I am not at work. They have completely unrealistic expectations of their employees in terms of hours. I couldn't even imagine being a salary employee there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bump up the pay and bump down the hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sterling, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sterling, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Some people are good to work with. If u stay a long time and if they like you the benefits are good. Office place is good. Gives 40 hours yearly for professional development. Ping pong tables and bagel fridays

    Cons

    Long working hours, harsh deadlines, dependent on federal contracts(End of contract means end of the department and so the job). Limited options to grow. Base salary is very low compared to industry standard in the area. Need to become a favorite of some manager to grow else will be pushed around. Good work is done in only in one or two teams. Other teams are forced to use the company's version of tools which leads to very limited technological growth for most employees. Repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better. Should start hiring american managers to improve work culture. Stop attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop Masquerading as Government Contractor

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

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

    Pros

    - Flex hours
    - Can work from home occasionally, if pre-arranged with supervisor

    Cons

    - Unimaginative management.
    - Poor HR department.
    - Abysmal in-house communications.
    - Clients are never wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Realize that REI is no longer a small business.
    - Hire managers with American know-how, who don't act like slaves in front of government clients.
    - Stop lying to employees and treating them like idiots.
    - Revamp the HR department to be a professional, pro-employee (instead of exclusively pro-management) organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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