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In turmoil.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time for more than a year

Pros

Some good employees with high levels of technical competence.

Cons

Corporate management is struggling to assemble a coherent strategy.

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An example of how not to manage

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It makes you appreciate that anywhere else is better.

    Cons

    Constant reshuffling of management. Our 6th Program Manager started at the 32 month mark of a 3 year program. The workforce turnover rate stayed at 50% per year for the duration of the program. Management’s treatment of staff was deplorable – routinely yelling and screaming in an open office environment, and bragging about the salary differential between management and the workforce. Salary was well below market rate. Reimbursements for travel expenses were not based on eligibility, but rather seniority and profit margin. The management mentality since “benefits were available after normal business hours, that you should work extended hours because it’s fair” was the mantra – and a 50 to 60 hour work week was common. As a result of bad management the program failed and eventually closed. Management of course blamed the workforce resulting in a massive layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, for a change, and look at turnover as a silent alarm that something is wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the worst to work for, but quite close

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (other than health), FSA, and dependent care. 401-K participation is mandatory, and it took less than 3 years to vest 100% of the match, which was quite generous. Great environment for self-starters and quick learners.

    Cons

    At times crippled by the client (a government office), management would not try to argue for better conditions - created a condition where new hires could not work for months. Company management was concerned, though not enough to intervene properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get away from government contracts, until the government removes the one-year-axe inside the five-year contract. That's the only reason I went back to the private sector.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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