DST Systems

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DST Systems Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
179 Reviews
3.1
179 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K (in 19 reviews)

  • ESOP is great and has a great benefits package, equipment and supplies are up to date (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management will throw you under the bus (in 7 reviews)

  • Technologies are a bit behind the times and I wouldn't mind a more relaxed dress code (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a little while

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

    I have been working at DST Systems

    Pros

    Co-Workers, there were other areas that had good managers

    Cons

    Management, Constant reorganization, promotions are not available

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good 4 college students...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mutual Fund Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Mutual Fund Representative in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ummmm...a paycheck every 2 weeks.

    Cons

    401k match is low... no growth for minorities namely women and African Americans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn basic people skills!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to build your resume.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    DST Systems has decent pay and benefits.
    DST Systems provides access to some of the latest and greatest technologies.
    DST Systems is a good place to build a resume.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance.
    On-call is like a ball and chain.
    Some Senior employees think that they can do no wrong.
    Mangers only worried about their fiefdoms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate your core value structure.
    Give an honest look at how some employees impact team morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Weak Sr. Mgt. - CIO weak - can't execute.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Work - Applications in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Work - Applications in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Will be around for a long time. Will make money however at the employees cost.

    Cons

    Weak salary. Management under CIO have been in place for awhile - 'cruising to retirement'. Behind the times - Command and control organization . Management makes decisions to sign deals and make promises but the process to support isn't there. They do make it work but process, people, and prioritization ecosystem is non-existent. PM's are facilitators no true ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CIO - where is your plan? Share it. Management is either non-existent or strong handed. More balance. DO you know the meaning of a Project Manager. Document process and artifacts / knowledge - then get rid of dead weight !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company, although could be much better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K. Decent opportunities to advance depending on the department.

    Cons

    Lack of training and support. Depending on the department, overtime can be excessive. Pay is embarrassingly below industry standards. Middle management can make or break your career which is a scary thought. Steer clear of USIRKS-although it's in transition there is incompetence at every level and management tends to reward those that don't challenge them and toe the company line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smart people and reward them. Quit rewarding incompetence and get rid of the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poorly managed call center that could be a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are great. Generally scheduled Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm
    Pay is decent, not bad for a call center.
    Benefits are good, include health, dental and eye, life insurance.

    Cons

    Managers are untrained and unprofessional.
    "Good ol' boy system." While I understand it is who you know that gets you an advancement, I don't understand by-passing qualified individuals in selecting non-qualified for positions.
    Even though the company is promoting a cuture of engagement, my managers were not open to new ideas and only viewed it as negative feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand your role in a customer service environment - you are there to support the front lines which is the people on the phones!
    Communication is key to managing staff. Try working with your staff to avoid issues, listening to them to have a more positive overall experience for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DST review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Overall decent benefits, salary and 401K

    Cons

    Not for older workers or Veterans. Very few workers are in there 50's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize the importance and the experience lost and that older employees are loyal. Don't have to worry about job hopping and moving around. All we want is to continue being fed knowledge and wisdom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Upper Mgmt please notice how Dept. Mgrs. treat employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Some Good Inspirational Mgmt exist that truly wants to see their department as a whole succeed and advance as well as company.

    Cons

    Just because a person does an exceptional job at individual work and work ethics, this does not a manager make. Observe without manager knowing how they treat employees. Do they treat them with respect and fairness? Or do they humiliate and belittle and/or target specific people if they dare question their AUTHORITY. I worked for a manager described in the latter in a batch support environment, that made it a common practice to belittle, disrespect, and treat people differently within group depending on who stroked his ego best. Made for a dysfuctional, detrimental environment, especially when bad mouthing our own director right in front of his employees and bad mouthing other directors within support area as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    watch and observe your managers. They may not be what they appear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be a great place to work, but employees are just too overworked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, pretty good pay, some flexibility in working hours.

    Cons

    Understaffed and poorly managed project teams, unrealistic expectations of workload and overtime. There's some hostility toward employees who have many years of experience and have been rewarded somewhat with higher pay and vacation time; they now seem to be regarded as liabilities rather than valued for their knowledge and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in enough staff to delivery quality products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay and you'll never get anywhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Application Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Application Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Steady pay check, they have done some building renovations that are nice.

    Cons

    Low pay, 10 years to promote, too much dead weight with tenure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight and pay the qualified associates what they are worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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