DST Systems

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DST Systems Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 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.  

    Opportunities for advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DST Systems

    Pros

    DST is a good company with lots of opportunities to learn new things and advancement.

    Cons

    Compensation is not on par with similar companies.

  2.  

    Good company that is changing with the times

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

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company recognizes that the markets are changing and it is changing to stay competitive. They have improved their communication but there is more room for improvement. Also, the company is willing to work with the employees to find the best career fit.

    Cons

    There are some old-timers that want to keep things the way they were and they can prove to be a hindrance when implementing change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving the communication channels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on where you're at

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back type of company. Hours are flexible if needed and most employees are nice and willing to work through issues. Decent pay for easy work.

    Cons

    Deadlines. Working in the financial industry, it's all about time-to-market and meeting regulations and support of existing clients. Back to my title - depending on where you're at, this isn't as big of an issue. In support of core clients, deadlines and support are a major pain. Being on a development team, time-to-market can be an issue, but only for certain projects. Development on existing projects is much more laid back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance - some employees are worked and depended on much more than others. This comes from them being a top performer out of a crowd, but the focus is placed upon them leaving others to fall off into their own strand of work ethics. For consideration the top performer may be doing 4 - 5 times more work than others and carry much more responsibility than others, while others have an easier schedule and less consequences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong company within the Mutual Fund Industry

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

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

    Pros

    Market leader in the mutual fund financial services arena and growing in the healthcare industry. They provide a wealth of services for their customers and a broad mix of career options for their associates.

    Cons

    The growth potential of the mutual fund division has evened out as a number of mutual funds are becoming bought and sold through financial advisors instead of direct with the mutual fund industry and revenue is tied mostly to number of accounts held directly at DST.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look at diversification and other revenue streams as you are so that job security of the associates becomes a culture norm. Salaries today tend to be somewhat lower than similar industries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good company ....despite poor upper mgmt....

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

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

    Pros

    as long as you are not a computer programmer its a great place to work. 40 hr week....limited sick leave but overall a good company....

    Cons

    very poor management.....the company grew because of the bull market of the 1980s and 1990s. The people in charge are very incompetent. especially the old CEO..Tom Mcdonnelll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start over.....that hooley dude needs a class in business writing....his skills are non existant....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't know what you've got til you're gone

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

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

    Pros

    Very robust system technology
    They invest in tools and their system to ensure a good, stable environment for developers.
    The system is very well documented technically.
    They employ good standards and best practices unlike anywhere else.

    Cons

    It all depends on what group you end up in. Some are wonderful, some are horrid.
    Ever since the layoffs in 2010, there's no sense of stability any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a greater appreciation for your people. They are amazing and are your biggest asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Longevity under former CEO

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of changes with new CEO

    Cons

    Mature market for core business. Seeking new growth markets

    Recommends
  9.  

    Stable company, but could be more flexible.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Large, well-established, stable company. Good new-employee training, and plenty of opportunity for ongoing training. Diverse job opportunities and opportunities for advancement. Very structured work environment, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not every employee fits into that box.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits were a little behind the times for comparable companies. Very little flexibility in work arrangements. Upper management stuck in the "old boy" corporate mindset. Not on the cutting edge of benefits or employee retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with great training and mentoring, but listen to your employees. It's much better to be open to new ideas to keep good employees than to remain rigid and lose people who are talented, but are looking for a better work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continuous growth opportunities.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is a position for everyone regardless of skill set or experience level. There are opportunities within the organization that continuously promotes from within.

    Cons

    Some positions require you to have a flexible work schedule since many IT positions are now overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your changes at least 3 months to be set before making additional changes. Change is continuous but how do you know what works and what doesn't? Employees aren't even sure of the changes since they are happening to the same people repeatedly.

  11.  

    Changing for the better

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Understands they need to change and are working on it.

    Cons

    Hard for some to accept and adjust

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on changing to better meet the clients and employees needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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