DRS Data & Research Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Absolute Shambles......

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Data & Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexi-time, a few nice people

    Cons

    Totally incapable CEO and a bunch of comedy Directors. Some of them vaguely professional but suffocated by the majority. The stress levels amongst staff can reach record levels due to the lack of management. Staff are not appreciated or rewarded properly.

    Advice to Management

    The last CEO ( Tony Lee) was fired...it is time for the current one to be cut loose too. You directors and "mangers" that remain need to get yourself some books, sign up for courses and make an effort to learn some management skills. It's probably too late for some.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Some amazing people & Some poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DRS Data & Research full-time

    Pros

    * Flexi Time - includes 2 hour lunch breaks * Some amazing staff - who are friends for life * People will do anything for each other (the majority) * Free parking * Benefits are ok, but other companies offer the same.

    Cons

    * CEO is not a good CEO - first role as CEO * Little or no communication from him or directors * Directors fight amongst themselves and we get to hear all about it * Managers are not strong enough and dont know how to manage and try an cover themselves * People are there because they have little option elsewhere * There are a lot of heads in the sand * Directors and Managers pay lip service to Investors in People and all the accreditations they have * Tony Lee is not the CEO, its Steve Gowers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Things will not change at DRS unless CEO and Senior Management change. People are able to get away with doing nothing because their managers do nothing.It was a great family run business that tried to go bigger but unfortunately doesnt have the skills or expertise to do so. It is a dog eat dog environment, everyone should be working for the better of the company and not for themselves..


  3. Terrible place to work, management throughout company have no idea of what they are doing. Very clicky in higher places.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DRS Data & Research full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and relaxed. That's all.

    Cons

    Some staff work hard with little reward. Management clicky, with certain members of staff getting preferential treatment. No long term strategy, not a lot of work in Print Department too many staff members. Extramarital affairs in work all to common

    Advice to Management

    Treat members off staff with more respect, work on lack of man management abilities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Survives only through hard-working, dedicated staff!!

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    Current Employee - Product Management in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Management in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Data & Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard-working & dedicated staff seem to be carrying the business, largely a friendly environment, subsidised canteen, flexi-time is great.

    Cons

    Too much favouritism, dated management style, poor strategy, issues with knowledge transfer within and across departments, work in silos, poor salaries, no rewards/recognition, weak processes, external and internal experts disregarded, lack of teamwork across certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Empower all your talented staff; make the difficult decisions that are needed; remove favouritism


  6. Helpful (1)

    Aweful

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    Former Employee - Bureau Operator in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bureau Operator in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Data & Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is very Flexible and relaxed. If you are "among them" you might get up the ladder.

    Cons

    Management is all clicky and salary is poor

    Advice to Management

    Stop being all clicky and stop favouritism


  7. Helpful (2)

    Was a good company to work for, but has lost its way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great boss eho allows you to just get on and do what you have been employed to do.and what you do best!

    Cons

    Too much "politics" and medalling from staff that have nothing to do with your area of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for the culture within a culture! and lead from the front


  8. Helpful (2)

    Technical company who want to progress but struggling with the transition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Data & Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the staff are amazing Flexi time is great If you have a good manager you will go far Majority of staff have been there for over five years

    Cons

    Management are poor Salaries are average or below average Lip service to employee Engagement Not a fast paced organisation at all Majority of staff have been there over five years Resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Engage your staff Directors should direct Managers should manage Empower your people


  9. Helpful (2)

    Hard work with minimal reward or recognition

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Data & Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global customer base inc UK, Europe, India, Africa etc

    Cons

    Poor PJO/Sales management, change control etc Weak processes and procedures, usually over ruled by who can shout loudest

    Advice to Management

    In order for the company to evolve some difficult decisions need to be made, but once made, commit to them, move forwards and don't look back. Your biggest asset is your staff, they are committed, loyal and work bloody hard don't lose focus in the numbers


  10. Helpful (2)

    Poor Leadership, little or no Strategy and short termism.. Seems stuck in the 80's model of management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people at DRS are really nice to work with.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership Little or no coherent strategy

    Advice to Management

    Company tends to pay under market rate this needs to change. Empower your people more.



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