DST Systems Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
161 Reviews
3.2
161 Reviews
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Stephen Hooley
56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K (in 18 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)

  • Long hours , oncall sucked , you might as well put a ball and chain on once its your turn (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting

    • 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

    Room to advance your career

    Cons

    Hard to advance your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good starting place

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. The company is making small strides to engage their employees.

    Cons

    Never enough resources for the amount of work you do. Advancement is slow even when you exceed all expectations and innovate in your position. Pay seems below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the lower ranks of the company for ideas and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, Good products where we can find lot of scope for implementations and improvements

    Cons

    Middle level management not so good, Lack of encouragement for lower level associates
    Lack of proper trainings to improve the product knowledge
    There is a place to write goals etc., but no review or support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to concentrate on middle level management in such a way that they should identify the right candidates and experts and assign the responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people and a good place to work, but a little bit behind the times.

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

    I worked at DST Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and good pay.

    Cons

    Very rigid corporate structure, so there is a lot of red tape. Technologies are a bit behind the times and I wouldn't mind a more relaxed dress code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be advantageous to try to cut out some of the red tape between different sections of the company, and it would be a good idea to try to catch up to current technologies a bit faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start

    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. The employees are worth interacting with.

    Cons

    DST used to be a good place to work. They had a family atmosphere and most people were happy to go into work. However, since the original CEO has retired, the atmosphere has changed in a negative way. People just come in get the job done and leave. It's too bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company to work not the highest paying in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you can get out of or skip the processing area for mutual funds and reits.
    Some Good Managers ( This determines whether or not you are able to get out of the processing world.

    Cons

    Very boring work as it is repetitive and your starring at a computer screen for 8+ hours a day.
    All lower level managers are friends and it is rather difficult to move up if you are in the processing world.
    The way the company rates their employees on the quality of their work can be very upsetting because of the way that they do it.
    You end up longing to go to lunch during every morning because of how boring the job is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone wants to transfer out of your department don't try to stop them... Also, start looking into your lower level management because some people are very difficult to work with and break a lot of company rules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DST is a company in transition with major cultural and leadership changes. Growing into new business lines is the focus.

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

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

    Pros

    Solid company with long term customers and solid track record of providing outsourced solutions.

    Cons

    Not very innovative and struggles with new products and business lines because of execution centric mentality.

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

    Hit or Miss, as a Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are great, the pay is ok, and there is plenty to do. Tons of opportunities to learn new things and prove yourself if you have what it takes.

    Cons

    Some teams are in complete disarray while others are extremely tight knit. The good teams are awesome, the poor ones still claim to call what they do SCRUM. Don't get me wrong the people on the teams are good and hard working, but it is NOT agile or SCRUM. Management is too involved in what SCRUM teams do. Hourly employees have to track time in 2 to 3 places.

    I think that because DST pays a little bit less for the job in this area people tend to not accept their lower offers. I took this job for less than a couple of other offers because of the people I met. They are genuinely happy (for the most part), whereas other offers I got the people seemed worked to the bone. I'm looking at you Cerner. All the employess at other companies could say about how they like their jobs was, 'it pays very well.'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buck up, pay what other companies are in the area are paying for developers and engineers and fill the open reqs. You'll probably get what you pay for... For a company with revenue in the billions I wouldn't think spending another few hundred million a year to pay better would hurt. In fact much more would get done and the company would have a far superior product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place To Start

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to gain experience and take responsibility for projects. Felt empowered and didn't have bosses constantly looking over my shoulder.

    Cons

    Pay is minimal and doesn't match work-level. Management doesn't appear to actually care about the individual workers. I felt like I was just a number in the system, not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to recognize individual efforts more. Make individuals feel like more of a part of the overall process. Tasks become too specialized and workers don't learn the whole process enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    DST Systems

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company and good starter job to gain experience. Tons of resources to take advantage of. Benefit packages are great too.

    Cons

    Upward mobility, pay, and education isn't valued. Management!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should micro manage less. No one knows whats going on in the areas, and if they are aware of certain things they just don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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