DST Systems

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DST Systems Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
179 Reviews
3.1
179 Reviews
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Stephen Hooley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits as far as health insurance, vacation, 401K (in 19 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)

  • Technologies are a bit behind the times and I wouldn't mind a more relaxed dress code (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    BAD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DST Systems

    Pros

    wide range of teamwork to work with

    Cons

    management is not good at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not at all

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turning into sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Multiple business verticals, subsidiaries, so you have an opportunity to move inside the company and learn something different. Management is making an effort on getting staff engaged and communicate their vision and values in an effort to get the staff on the same page and earn their trust. Company is migrating from in-house technologies to generally accepted open source technologies, which is better for employee's next job, but at the same time works against them as company tries to shift resources overseas.
    Benefits are OK, nothing flashy like stock options or bonuses, there is profit sharing (when you retire).
    Hours are normally balanced with minimal overtime, flexibility to sometimes work from home.

    Cons

    DST used to pride itself on never laying off people. Not anymore. These days it's one layoff after another, restructuring happens multiple times in a few years. There is a definite move towards reducing U.S. staff, especially costly senior positions and adding new hires in India. Although management does a whole bunch of town halls and meetings in an effort to become more transparent, there are still things that don't add up, like "we have trouble finding people with our XXX type of business experience, there just aren't enough of them" or "we have trouble finding quality COBOL/Java personnel in U.S./KC, that's why we hire in India" and right after that laying off exact kind of people they "can't find". I can't say that's limited to DST, likely many companies do the same these days. It's just peoples' morale gets lower after each round.
    Typical corporate environment with red tape in certain places and minimal attempt to build teams out of people by planning some fun activities - these have been cut as cost cutting measures. Some PLs may do this on their own where employees pay for their share of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point you may need to re-think your offshoring strategies - more people cheaper don't work just as good and a lot of effort/cost is lost in "translation"(communication). Adding fun to employees' life can be a lot more valuable to them than regular PEG meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, until they decided to "reduce costs."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Really liked working here. Started here right out of college. Started with COBOL and then transitioned to Java. Liked that they let me do that. Fell in with a great team to work with that made me feel appreciated. I had every intention of staying here til retirement, but oh no... We're going to close your office! Lost all love for this company.

    Cons

    They're dumping higher paid experience and bringing in low paid newbies. Good luck with producing quality products! Seems like anytime there's a change in management, they have to shake things up. And funny thing is, half the time it seems like they change to a way we used to do it before they changed it last time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's wrong with keeping productive, knowledgeable, experienced people?

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Weak Sr. Mgt. - CIO weak - can't execute.

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    Current Employee - Project Work - Applications in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Work - Applications in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Will be around for a long time. Will make money however at the employees cost.

    Cons

    Weak salary. Management under CIO have been in place for awhile - 'cruising to retirement'. Behind the times - Command and control organization . Management makes decisions to sign deals and make promises but the process to support isn't there. They do make it work but process, people, and prioritization ecosystem is non-existent. PM's are facilitators no true ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CIO - where is your plan? Share it. Management is either non-existent or strong handed. More balance. DO you know the meaning of a Project Manager. Document process and artifacts / knowledge - then get rid of dead weight !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to build your resume.

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    Former Employee - Staff Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    DST Systems has decent pay and benefits.
    DST Systems provides access to some of the latest and greatest technologies.
    DST Systems is a good place to build a resume.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance.
    On-call is like a ball and chain.
    Some Senior employees think that they can do no wrong.
    Mangers only worried about their fiefdoms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate your core value structure.
    Give an honest look at how some employees impact team morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company ....despite poor upper mgmt....

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Programmer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Programmer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    as long as you are not a computer programmer its a great place to work. 40 hr week....limited sick leave but overall a good company....

    Cons

    very poor management.....the company grew because of the bull market of the 1980s and 1990s. The people in charge are very incompetent. especially the old CEO..Tom Mcdonnelll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start over.....that hooley dude needs a class in business writing....his skills are non existant....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was not that great.

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    Current Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative
    Current Employee - Mutual Funds and Corporate Securities Representative

    I have been working at DST Systems part-time

    Pros

    Some of the people were great to talk to and get to know. That was a good part of it.

    Cons

    The manager do not have a clue what they're doing, and they don't have college degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to college and get your degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Dissatisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Large company, decent salary, good benefits

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement is very slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DST Systems

    Pros

    Room to advance your career

    Cons

    Hard to advance your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good starting place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Relations Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Client Relations Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. The company is making small strides to engage their employees.

    Cons

    Never enough resources for the amount of work you do. Advancement is slow even when you exceed all expectations and innovate in your position. Pay seems below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the lower ranks of the company for ideas and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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