DST Systems
2.8 of 5 154 reviews
www.dstsystems.com Kansas City, MO 5000+ Employees

DST Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
DST Systems – Kansas City – “DST”

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2.8 154 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

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Stephen Hooley

(51 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits, vac time build up"
    in 16 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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    Longevity under former CEO

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of changes with new CEO

    ConsMature market for core business. Seeking new growth markets

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood benefits. The employees are worth interacting with.

    ConsDST 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable company, but could be more flexible.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsLarge, 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.

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company to work not the highest paying in the industry

    Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent company, although could be much better.

    Senior Applications Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

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

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementHire smart people and reward them. Quit rewarding incompetence and get rid of the dead weight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DST is a company in transition with major cultural and leadership changes. Growing into new business lines is the focus.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsSolid company with long term customers and solid track record of providing outsourced solutions.

    ConsNot very innovative and struggles with new products and business lines because of execution centric mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worth it.

    Mutual Fund/Corporate Secutities Representative (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsThere are many "pros" to this job. Benefits, pay, co-workers, bonuses, advancement, cross-training, ability to learn more when you want.

    ConsThere's quite a bit of overtime during tax season (and it is mandatory). While room for advancement is there, it can be difficult to achieve within the company if you don't do well on your quarterly reviews (as other department managers can view your file).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Continuous growth opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a position for everyone regardless of skill set or experience level. There are opportunities within the organization that continuously promotes from within.

    ConsSome positions require you to have a flexible work schedule since many IT positions are now overseas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive 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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    Changing for the better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUnderstands they need to change and are working on it.

    ConsHard for some to accept and adjust

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working on changing to better meet the clients and employees needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hit or Miss, as a Software Developer

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsThe people are great, the pay is ok, and there is plenty to do. Tons of opportunities to learn new things and prove yourself if you have what it takes.

    ConsSome teams are in complete disarray while others are extremely tight knit. The good teams are awesome, the poor ones still claim to call what they do SCRUM. Don't get me wrong the people on the teams are good and hard working, but it is NOT agile or SCRUM. Management is too involved in what SCRUM teams do. Hourly employees have to track time in 2 to 3 places.

    I think that because DST pays a little bit less for the job in this area people tend to not accept their lower offers. I took this job for less than a couple of other offers because of the people I met. They are genuinely happy (for the most part), whereas other offers I got the people seemed worked to the bone. I'm looking at you Cerner. All the employess at other companies could say about how they like their jobs was, 'it pays very well.'

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuck up, pay what other companies are in the area are paying for developers and engineers and fill the open reqs. You'll probably get what you pay for... For a company with revenue in the billions I wouldn't think spending another few hundred million a year to pay better would hurt. In fact much more would get done and the company would have a far superior product.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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