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Work to Live not Live to Work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at QinetiQ North America

Pros

- Flexibility allowed in working hours and location whenever possible
- PTO is generous
- Benefits are competitive
- Managers try very hard to find other positions for employees within the company when a contract ends (and they all end eventually)
- Some individual team leads/managers are very understanding about the personal life of their workers
- Location is close to home
- Dress code is casual

Cons

- Decent increase in salary does not seem to happen by staying with the company - those who leave for other companies and then return seem to get the biggest bump in salary - feels like loyalty is not appreciated
- No standardized path for advancement, such as a list of accomplishments and/or goals to achieve to be qualified for the next level
- No standard job title naming: multiple people doing the same job with completely different official job titles
- Frequently changing organization - while I understand that some reorg had to happen with the acquisition of so many smaller companies, it feels like shifting sand under my feet - if offered $100 I couldn't tell you what section I work for now... I honestly don't remember anymore
- Some management hires/promotions are questionable at best - there are so many weak and ineffective low-level managers - I've personally encountered/worked for/answered to 3 in the last 2 years alone
- In support of the above, there is currently no training for those receiving a management/team lead position. Only rare individuals know instinctively what it means to manage successfully. Just because you were good at your job does NOT mean you can or should manage - management means more than clicking approve on a time card once a week

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Support the lowest level of managers who are generally the least experienced and most in need of instruction and guidance - they want to do well; they just don't know how yet. Provide company-sponsored training. If they're worth promoting, they're worth teaching.

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    Terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America

    Pros

    Pride in doing a job that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Working at Naval Hospital Jacksonville for Qinetiq was THE low point of my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why offer any? They could care less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    I had great trouble with management decision concerning product development.

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    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Systems Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Systems Engineer in Reston, VA

    I worked at QinetiQ North America

    Pros

    Beautiful building.
    Great garage.
    Nice cafe.
    Good equipment.
    Nice offices.
    Flexible hours.
    Adequate wages.
    Central location.
    Mediocre Christmas parties.
    Good email server.

    Cons

    Worst management teams ever. Couldn't make decisions about product development. Treated employees really poorly. Never listened to senior scientists or subject matter experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break your employee loyalty by laying off often and without merit. We had a great product, a lead in the industry, a plan to move forward and one of the most profitable secots of QNA, and you fires 80% of us. I'd never work for you again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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