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InterDigital Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
30 Reviews
3.4
30 Reviews
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InterDigital President, CEO, and Director William J. Merritt
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  1.  

    Great but challenging place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Management in King of Prussia, PA (US)

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest in the industry. Very challenging but performance is recognized and appreciated. Excellent compensation and benefits. If you are good at what you do you can build a great career at InterDigital.

    Cons

    The company changes it's business model radically from time to time, in response to changes in the industry. It can be difficult to keep up. It's a small R&D company so you must work hard to stay in the game. (not really a con, unless you're ok with mediocrity)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent technical workforce hampered by ineffective senior management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Melville, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Melville, NY (US)

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits combined with a work environment in which it is easy to attain a good work/life balance. The engineering workforce is very talented and the company is involved in some exciting wireless R&D projects.

    Cons

    Job security is poor - layoffs occur every frequently because the company hires people for new projects which are then abandoned within 2-3 years. Middle managers are more concerned with maintaining their place in the food chain rather than doing what's good for the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A thorough housecleaning is in order. The CEO and board of directors need to be replaced with people who actually understand the wireless industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work but in Suburbs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Melville, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Creative work environment. You are encouraged to do research and produce your own ideas. Competitive salary and benefits. Staff is mostly friendly.

    Cons

    You have to work in suburbs. Even though these days almost all the tech companies located in the suburbs. But if you are single person who would like to have a life outside of the work, it is very difficult to have a balanced life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Patent or Perish!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InterDigital full-time (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.

  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Need some talented higher management to drive this place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    Horizontal structure and easy-to-work with Engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at InterDigital full-time (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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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