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QinetiQ – Why Work For Us?

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QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know that we understand the increasingly global nature of science, technology and engineering and they trust us to work alongside them to ensure the success of their mission. We support space programmes; we provide trusted technical services to the UK Ministry of Defence and the Department of Defense; we carry out secure monitoring services for a range of commercial and government customers globally – all vital support solutions requiring trust and integrity.

Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. They supply answers requiring innovation, deep domain knowledge, rigorous independent thinking and technical expertise – answers which save lives, protect assets and critical infrastructure, reduce costs, ensure competitive advantage – answers which make tomorrow work today.

We employ more than 10,000 people worldwide, and our scientists and engineers solve some of the world’s most important problems. We are, in fact, the UK’s largest research and technology organisation, and more than 85% of our people carry high-level national security clearances.

What we do

QinetiQ is one of the world's leading defence, aerospace, technology and security companies. We deliver technology-based services and solutions, ground-breaking products and unrivalled research capabilities to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Our customers are major governmental organisations and commercial businesses all across the globe and they trust us to work alongside them to ensure the success of their mission. We work with NASA, Rolls-Royce, BAA, Boeing, Intel, RNLI, London Underground, the Armed Forces. And you’ll find our previous inventions in phones, cars, planes, boats and trains and even in the tag on your new pair of jeans, anything from RADAR, thermal imaging, LCD, flat panel speakers to carbon fibre and the jet engine.


At QinetiQ, we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market and our salary, benefit and reward scheme is designed to making sure we achieve just that. Our reward scheme also means that you can share in the company's success, as well as be rewarded for your own.

We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package to all our employees: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market.

Your Benefits - an overview

As a QinetiQ employee, we’ll give you access to a great range of Flexible Benefits and Employee Savings.

We use an external provider to host our 'Benefits+' system; the internal, online tool which makes browsing the Flexible Benefits we offer and taking advantage of the hundreds of discounts available to you, quick and easy to do. The system is accessible outside of the QinetiQ intranet, which means our employees can save money whilst shopping online at the weekends, or browse their flexible benefit options in the comfort of their own homes.

Flexible Benefits

QinetiQ recognises that saving money is important to everyone, that’s why we offer our employees a range of flexible benefits which can be tailored to meet an employee’s family needs and budget. We have ensured that all of the prices offered are at a competitive rate.

The range of flexible benefits that QinetiQ offers include:

  • Childcare Vouchers – this tax efficient benefit helps with the cost of childcare or after school clubs.
  • Annual Leave – want more time for you? Employees can buy up to five days more holiday a year with this benefit.
  • Health Cash Plan – go private with your healthcare and get cash back for it. The cover is far reaching, including dental, optical or even acupuncture costs.
  • Private Medical Insurance – Employees can insure themselves and their family at discount rates for PMI.
  • Health Screening – need a Health MOT? Our employees can take advantage of a comprehensive health check through a tax efficient route.
  • Dental Insurance – want to be able to manage your dental costs without having a big bill? Dental insurance offers our employees the ability to pay monthly and recover their money. Cover levels range to help employees choose a plan that suits their family’s budget.
  • Personal Accident Insurance – Accidents happen at any time. This is a 24/7 worldwide insurance which that can provide employees with a tax free lump sum should the unexpected happen.
  • Annual Travel Insurance – QinetiQ employees can get their annual travel insurance for Europe or Worldwide cover at a discount rate. Winter Sports and Volcanic Eruptions included.
  • Payroll Giving – want to do more for the community? This benefit allows our employees to donate to their favourite charity/charities each month via payroll.
  • Group Personal Pension Plan (GPP) – Pensions are one of the most important and valuable benefits available to you; all new employees are automatically enrolled into the QinetiQ GPP plan.

Employee Savings

Employee Savings are available to all of our employees all year round, and are a range of discounts and offers at top high street brands, on a range of products and services.

From savings such as up to 17% off at Apple to 5% off your food and fuel at Sainsbury's, the Employee Savings we offer is a quick and easy way for our employees to save money every day.


Congratulations on finding us

We are now seeking graduates to join us in September 2014.

No day is the same when you work here. You will be exposed to a diverse range of projects that will stimulate and astound you. You will find the enthusiasm, commitment, experience and knowledge of our people inspirational.

From your first day with us, you will be welcomed into our team and become a key part of our business. We will do everything we can to help you develop the key skills you will need for a successful future in your chosen profession. Whether it is your appointed buddy, key training, a senior professional body mentor or the support of other graduates, we will do all we can to help you develop and become one of our People Who Know How.

If you are graduating from a science, maths, engineering, technology or business discipline, have a look at our graduate profiles to get a feel for some of the awe-inspiring work you could be doing with us. 

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    Management is trying their best to communicate business position, impact of government changes, new markets of interest and emerging opportunities. Organization is doing a great job of diversifying into commercial business and offering new opportunities for their current employees. Management team promotes from within and has been successful providing employees with new opportunities as current contracts come to completion.


    When business tightens and you need to do more with less it is important that your peers share the same dedication to the business and have the same work ethic. The organization does a good job of rewarding performance but is not quick to act on non-performers. QinetiQ could do a better job of identifying bottom performers and dealing with them to ensure top performer moral.

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QinetiQ Interviews

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at QinetiQ in February 2013.

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    Had a phone screen with a very excited recruiter who had received my resume from a recruiter friend of mine. Within a week, I met with a business development director who was staffing a program for a potential win. He gave me the thumbs up, and then I interviewed with the program director. The site where the business development director was located seemed very sullen and dark and had very few employees in the office (not a surprise). The administrative assistant who was dressed in sweatpants and a hoodie (surprising for corporate attire) seemed to be bored and had left me in the lobby for 30 minutes past the expected interview start with no explanation. I would not describe the place as having any energy at all and seemed to be very sad.

    The program director interviewed me at a grocery store that was down the road from the business development director's site. He had gotten himself a cup of coffee at their Starbucks kiosk before I arrived but did not ask me if I wanted to get any refreshments for myself, and quickly launched into the interview. He asked odd questions that led me to believe he thought I was going to try to take his job if I was hired. He told me he liked to work from home and did not go into the office unless it was necessary. I can say for sure that I was never interviewed for a professional IT job at a grocery store before.

    I'm not sure for which position I was being interviewed since my resume went directly from recruiter to recruiter. The business development director asked questions about a task lead position but that seemed to be far below my skillset and experience, also having been a director for 5 years.

    Seems like the company is a collection of companies that have come together but there is no real direction or cohesiveness. I would have liked to work on that program and do like the client that they support at that location. Would have been a wonderful commute as well. Happy employee? I could have been!

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    • The second interviewer asked me whether I wanted to run a few programs (his job) or did I want to just be on a program. I wasn't sure how to answer the question because I've run large organizations far above his pay grade in the past.   Answer Question
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QinetiQ Awards & Accolades

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Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2009

Additional Info

Website www.qinetiq.com
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Public (QQ)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

As our name suggests, QinetiQ is a company driven forward by the energy of our people. With motion comes change and with change, opportunity.

In an organisation operating at the forefront of the defence, aerospace, maritime and cyber security sectors those opportunities to make a difference are immense.

A rapidly developing world presents new and different challenges... More

Mission: Our business is based on technical expertise – our most prized possession is trust.

Customers around the world rely on the ideas, innovations and drive of our people... More

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