DST Systems

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DST Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
DST Systems – Kansas City – “DST”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 158 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Stephen Hooley

(54 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Senior QA (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Technical Intern (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat people and good pay.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementIt 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood benefits. The employees are worth interacting with.

    ConsDST 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company to work not the highest paying in the industry

    Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

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

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

    Director (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

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

    ConsNot very innovative and struggles with new products and business lines because of execution centric mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hit or Miss, as a Software Developer

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementBuck 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place To Start

    Mutual Fund Representative (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

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

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Distribution Representative (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Directional changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsESOP is great and has a great benefits package, equipment and supplies are up to date. Wages are comparable to industry.

    ConsThe company seems to be in a constant flux, the direction isn't clear, changes every few months, good people there are concerned for their jobs. When layoffs occur it is kept quiet, and the people who are laid off are not evaluated for their abilities to do another job within the organization. The atmosphere has changed and unfortunately not for the better. Middle management is not up to snuff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff used to have some fun, I believe that has gone. An unhappy staff is not good for the company. The culture has changed and not for the better. Look at the middle management and make the changes not everyone is on the same page.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start, would not recommend hanging around

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsSalary is competitive
    Great Benefits
    Jobs are generally stable
    For those starting out, there are good opportunities to improve your experience in some areas.

    ConsLimited opportunity to advance beyond certain levels.
    Location (Downtown KC) leaves a lot to be desired.
    Much of the technology, and the corporate mindset, is old-school.
    If you stay there long enough, you will get pigeon-holed into one spot, with little chance to get out unless you are "one of the boys".

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the outdated technology and thinking. Update your culture to the 21st century.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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