DST Systems Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Good place to get started

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning opportunities and training
    Stability in employment
    Great culture, great people

    Cons

    Lots of old technology
    Pay is sub-standard for industry
    Few young people stay long

    Advice to Management

    Fire dead weight and don't be so political.

  2. Love my company

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

    I have been working at DST Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great philosophy at the top that is making its way down to lower levels in the enterprise. If you like hard work and honest management practices-then you will like this company.

    Cons

    You really have to stay connected to your leaders to learn of advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what we do and help us to do it even better.

  3. 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.

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  5. Legacy of Strength, shaking in the New World

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Interactive Developer (Graphic Designer/Art Director) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Interactive Developer (Graphic Designer/Art Director) in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Still large, relatively stable, not prone to lay-offs despite some struggles. Growing more nimble corporately in a world that demands change and flexibility. Capabilities of the installed employee and technology base are still unlimited.

    Cons

    Still mired in times where it was the big gorilla with little true competition. A handful of old-guard personalities still holding on that have survived on sales skills and bravado. Finding it difficult to adapt to changes in legislation and technology quickly, partly inherent in the size and depth of its once-lauded security foundation. (still intact, just not as hard to find now).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on retaining talent, increasing marketing, and investing in technology focused on tomorrow.

  6. Good company that is changing with the times

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep improving the communication channels

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Longevity under former CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of changes with new CEO

    Cons

    Mature market for core business. Seeking new growth markets

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