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Former Employee - Engineer  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
Former Employee - Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

I worked at QinetiQ full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Spacious work environment, modern infrastructure (bldgs). Some options were available to upgrade skills but it is mostly on the job.

Cons

Much of research converted to reports, nobody sees the light of. Little of any blue sky research anyways. Because money is tight and only coming from customers, we are tied to solving customers present requirements. Which means QQ is existing only because of its current capabilities, which were developed during the past blue sky research days. Without having the money to invest in future capabilities, QQ is much dependent (and handicapped) on capabilities developed by other mega corporations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit managing and get your hands dirty by doing some real engineering.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    The best thing to do is to get out while you can, if you can

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Access to a wide range of defence research and to learn how to do research in an industrial and political setting. Good professional environment with a lot of insight and high standards of intellectual reasoning.

    Cons

    The management at best, neglectful towards their staff. The company is hampered by a civil service mentality. Because the company is ex-civil service, the salaries are nothing less than rubbish. And worse, the terms and conditions are continuously being eroded. You are expected to work more hours, the final salary pension has gone, you have to work a set number of hours before you can claim overtime, the company is riddled with "glass ceilings" and generalists are heavily favoured against specialist, which used to be what the organisation was about. The runes are, this company is winding down. They have tried to be civil commercial and U turned to be defence. Now defence funding is in decline and there is reduced demand for defence reports, they are trying to be civil commercial again. They have had 14 years to achieve this as part of the core values of the initial privatisation. That was how they were going to be successful and they drummed it into their staff, all those years ago. They should have cracked it by now and they clearly haven't. In short, they treated their staff so badly, a blog came out of this. Starting with qinetiqette, which got closed. Then qinetiqettex, no longer maintained. Lastly, qqmismanagement, which mysteriously disappeared. Regardless of the detail of how these blogs were silenced, the fact that they happened in the first place speaks volumes. They may very likely come back as QinetiQ and Leo Quinn does not seem to have learned, and seems to think that power is all, and all can be silenced. Whatever your position in all of this, it has been, and may continue to be, an interesting experience. Though to many, who have families to feed and support, not a good one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn away from blind cuts and do your job to deliver a realistic vision for the company and its growth, building on what it is and what it can do. Sadly, this may have been, don't privatise a civil service department in the first place. It doesn't work and it is nothing less than outrageously cruel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    An opportunity missed

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    If you begin in the right place (and this can bear no relationship to the interview) then there are opportunities for a very worthwhile career.

    A little like post doctoral university work or a consultancy firm, which I have also worked in, you are required to make your own headway.

    Cons

    Technically motivated, but under appreciated, employees.

    If you are a more formal, structured, competency base career progression then one of their competitors would be more suitable.

    Continual management reorganisations, searching for a magic formula, which usually revert back within a few months.

    Disconnect between sales and technical teams and poor order book realization

    Was too ambitious too early in its life, didn't understand the business it had nor the teams that supported that business, which were much appreciated by its customers .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what you have, appreciate it, and then grow and diversify if you can.

    Tell the world what you do. The degree of understanding of what the organization does, and is capable of, is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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