DST Systems Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
159 Reviews

3.2
159 Reviews
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Stephen Hooley
55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K (in 18 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)

  • Long hours , oncall sucked , you might as well put a ball and chain on once its your turn (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time for 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
  2.  

    DST Systems PMO is a Weak Matrix. Sr. Mgt. is disconnected and unwilling to define Strategic PM Dept. / PMO direction.

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good people and smart. Casual work environment. They want to do the right thing but I don't think Leadership will change , nor have the Leadership talent.

    Cons

    Pay is not bad for a contractor however - $45 to $50 PER HR. Conversion is LOW - $80K to 90K. Management lacks LEADERSHIP in IT. It's been 3+ years since current CIO / Vercie Lark has taken reign and many feel he has no idea. His subordinates, no communication and 'cruising' to retirement. Lack of immediacy! PM's in PMO are facilitators not PM's not because they aren't talented -it's due to the fax that their is no true structure or PM's are given total ownership of projects. There are times when the design has been 50% Complete prior to PM's receiving Project. PM's do not manage financials < Capital or Resources> on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PMO will not be successful until Sr. Mgt. supports. PMO and PM authority needs to be established defined and that needs to be shared by Sr. Management. Recently in PMO Business plan meeting and it was 'DST'-functional. Contradictions, priority of projects cannot all be '1'. There were new attendees in meeting from out of town and their perception was "this is dysfunctional". Projects are discussed and many important items such as delivery dates agreed upon without any input from PM. Recently let go 23+ Network and PMO Managers - Many upset due to KNOWLEDGE OUT THE DOOR. Some old boys club attitude - some ask "what the heck does this person or that person do? There are Engagement Managers that haven't a clue! Their job is to be a liaison between LOB and Technology, many are kept because they have been around! One last point - RISK - how do you manage? In PMO there is no single source for Configuration Items - How do you know what inherent risks you have when changes are implemented? I would hate to see the results from an External Audit. Again , immediacy is lacking and CIO hasn't a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Longevity under former CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of changes with new CEO

    Cons

    Mature market for core business. Seeking new growth markets

    Recommends
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    Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior QA  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior QA in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, Good products where we can find lot of scope for implementations and improvements

    Cons

    Middle level management not so good, Lack of encouragement for lower level associates
    Lack of proper trainings to improve the product knowledge
    There is a place to write goals etc., but no review or support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to concentrate on middle level management in such a way that they should identify the right candidates and experts and assign the responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good people and a good place to work, but a little bit behind the times.

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    Former Employee - Technical Intern  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and good pay.

    Cons

    Very rigid corporate structure, so there is a lot of red tape. Technologies are a bit behind the times and I wouldn't mind a more relaxed dress code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be advantageous to try to cut out some of the red tape between different sections of the company, and it would be a good idea to try to catch up to current technologies a bit faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. The employees are worth interacting with.

    Cons

    DST used to be a good place to work. They had a family atmosphere and most people were happy to go into work. However, since the original CEO has retired, the atmosphere has changed in a negative way. People just come in get the job done and leave. It's too bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent company, although could be much better.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K. Decent opportunities to advance depending on the department.

    Cons

    Lack of training and support. Depending on the department, overtime can be excessive. Pay is embarrassingly below industry standards. Middle management can make or break your career which is a scary thought. Steer clear of USIRKS-although it's in transition there is incompetence at every level and management tends to reward those that don't challenge them and toe the company line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smart people and reward them. Quit rewarding incompetence and get rid of the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable company, but could be more flexible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time for 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.  

    Decent company to work not the highest paying in the industry

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    Former Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you can get out of or skip the processing area for mutual funds and reits.
    Some Good Managers ( This determines whether or not you are able to get out of the processing world.

    Cons

    Very boring work as it is repetitive and your starring at a computer screen for 8+ hours a day.
    All lower level managers are friends and it is rather difficult to move up if you are in the processing world.
    The way the company rates their employees on the quality of their work can be very upsetting because of the way that they do it.
    You end up longing to go to lunch during every morning because of how boring the job is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone wants to transfer out of your department don't try to stop them... Also, start looking into your lower level management because some people are very difficult to work with and break a lot of company rules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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 for 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.

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