DST Systems Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Opportunities for advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DST Systems

    Pros

    DST is a good company with lots of opportunities to learn new things and advancement.

    Cons

    Compensation is not on par with similar companies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Honor of manaagement has seemed to disappear

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Legacy of Strength, shaking in the New World

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Interactive Developer (Graphic Designer/Art Director) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Interactive Developer (Graphic Designer/Art Director) in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Still large, relatively stable, not prone to lay-offs despite some struggles. Growing more nimble corporately in a world that demands change and flexibility. Capabilities of the installed employee and technology base are still unlimited.

    Cons

    Still mired in times where it was the big gorilla with little true competition. A handful of old-guard personalities still holding on that have survived on sales skills and bravado. Finding it difficult to adapt to changes in legislation and technology quickly, partly inherent in the size and depth of its once-lauded security foundation. (still intact, just not as hard to find now).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on retaining talent, increasing marketing, and investing in technology focused on tomorrow.


  6. Large, solid company, poor individual management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Quincy, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company resources. Decent benefits. Solid salary.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. No management of people. No Direction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having managers be individual contributors too.
    Stop re-orging multiple times a year.


  7. Client Service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Client Services in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The people were great to work with and there is a lot of variety. The benefits-health, dental and vision insurance was good. You can gain a lot of experience in the financial industry and technically. There were a lot of very capable and intelligent people there that will share there knowledge. It would be a good place to start out, but really should not stay there.

    Cons

    We were always short staffed, training was not very good and the pay was not comparable to other companies.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good for a little while

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DST Systems

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

    Pros

    Co-Workers, there were other areas that had good managers

    Cons

    Management, Constant reorganization, promotions are not available


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ambitious people should avoid DST

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Development Architect in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Decent offices (many newly remodeled)
    Some recent improvements to help morale like relaxing dress code.

    Cons

    Extremely slow pace. If it should take hours it will take a week.
    Overly complicated org structure means no team knows what the other is doing and simple tasks require multiple teams to implement. My small team requires 3 full time people to track tasks from infrastructure group alone.
    Everything requires a meeting and a discussion.
    It's scary how much this place feels like Initech.
    People who are motivated by being productive and driven should avoid this place as it will just frustrate you.

    Advice to Management

    Look at facts and data ( or lack thereof) and don't trust sub ordinates to tell you if things are broke or not. To many teams give excuses for why they can't do things ( blame recent reductions in many cases) but never have a plan for how to fox things. Stop the excuses and challenge people to find ways to be more efficient.
    Challenge the status quo which is very against company culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good 4 college students...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mutual Fund Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Mutual Fund Representative in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Ummmm...a paycheck every 2 weeks.

    Cons

    401k match is low... no growth for minorities namely women and African Americans.

    Advice to Management

    Learn basic people skills!


  11. Good company that is changing with the times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Project Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Project Leader in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company recognizes that the markets are changing and it is changing to stay competitive. They have improved their communication but there is more room for improvement. Also, the company is willing to work with the employees to find the best career fit.

    Cons

    There are some old-timers that want to keep things the way they were and they can prove to be a hindrance when implementing change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the communication channels



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