DST Systems Reviews

Updated April 6, 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. Low pay and few promotional opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and generally nothing expected from you

    Cons

    See the title of my review. The low pay is a serious issue. Other companies pay a good $10,000 more, per year, for Analysts. Also, they tend to refuse promotional requests, and then hire in new employees (hourly) so that they can save money instead of developing existing employees. Also, some departments (as with most companies), have managers that seem to only encourage those employees that they personally like.

  3. 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.

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  5. Descent pay and benefits, but upper management needs to be more involved with companies morale

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investor Services Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investor Services Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation and sick leave. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like a number and concerns are overlooked unless you are management. Need more training for new employees to ensure success

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and bulid a better company culture and morale

  6. Going downhill fast

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to advance in a large local company.

    Cons

    Terrible to low level employees, too much mandatory overtime, management continually understaffs to cut costs.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your worker bees better.

  7. An "OK" place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Software Developer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability. Good Work-Life balance. You work less than 8 hours per day. It is a good place if you have a family.

    Cons

    A way underpaid in Kansas City area.
    Very less opportunity for promotions.
    Bugs are not tolerant.
    Bad H1b and GC policy.

  8. Stable company

    Current Employee - Principal Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Principal Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Pay is lower than other companies but the stability and benefits make it worth staying.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape involved to get anything done. They are constantly changing internal processes. By the time the bugs are worked out of one process they are already moving on to a new one.

  9. Not worth it, move along.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -You don't need a college degree or any experience to get a job here.
    -A decent opportunity to get entrenched in Information Systems and Financial Services
    -If you're lucky, you'll have a good boss and you'll get a chance to learn a lot. If you're unlucky, well...
    -It beats a kick to the face with golf shoe.

    Cons

    -HR is a nightmare, they will try to stifle your advancement and pay you as little as possible.
    -Poor management at most levels and a "good old boys" mentality.
    -Managers will stab you in the back, steal your ideas and expect you to be happy you just have a job.
    -Very little innovation and a lack of resources in most departments means lots of overtime and a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    -Empower managers to lead and reward those with high integrity. Encourage innovation and understand that senior management doesn't have all of the answers and should be open to suggestion instead of seeing ideas as a threat.
    -Quit letting HR dictate the decisions of management, find HR PROFESSIONALS that are advocates for the managers instead of glorified pencil pushers trying to justify their existence.
    -Hire top talent, pay them their worth and promote them to senior positions; quit rewarding substandard performers who are "yes men and women" based on their number of years at the company.
    -Train your employees and be more supportive to those who aren't afraid to speak up, quit being hypocritical and actually establish a culture of people who care about the company and not just themselves.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Bad Company, poor management, & many layoffs. Kansas City, MO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mutual Fund/Corp Securities Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Mutual Fund/Corp Securities Representative in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Newly renovated and clean environment.

    Cons

    I started out part-time and eventually went full-time. Don't be fooled by the newly renovated building with nice views of downtown Kansas City. Don't be fooled by the popcorn Fridays, the monthly donut socials, or the many food days. As we know, the Financial Industry is UP and DOWN all the time. Therefore, this company has many LAYOFFS or will find any reason to FIRE you. You will not use anything that you learned in training. Management is more concerned with planning the next food day or donut social and could care less about your success at DST Systems. Opportunities to advance are very slim because they are all about politics. Pay is low compared to other similar companies and overtime is never really available. If you have children or if you can't live off of $12 to $13 an hour without steady overtime, don't waste your time. Please don't tell the manager anything in private and expect it to be private. Management is known for putting you in another position without your permission. You either take it or leave the company. If you are put into another position without your permission, you are being setup for a layoff or termination. Oh, be prepared to pay $40 to 60 a month for parking in which 3 cars will share one parking spot. If your car gets scratched or damaged by the parking attendants who move your car throughout the day, DST does not pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics. Make sure managers are there to help team members succeed. Stop trying to convince employees that everything is ok with the company by buying food and having party all the times. Need more DIVERSITY. Train employee properly before you lose clients to other competitors. Since bonuses are not given and pay is low, DST should at least pay for parking.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Honor of manaagement has seemed to disappear

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people with a plethora of knowledge

    Cons

    Company is struggling to keep customers. Several layoff's have occured. I also have never met so many manipulative managers. It is not about what you know but how well you grovel your manager while boosting their ego.

    Advice to Management

    DST would be a much better place if instead of workers getting layed off it were management. Currently to many idians

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