QinetiQ North America

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QinetiQ North America Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
165 Reviews
2.8
165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They care about work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good starting compensation, free coffee, good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Totally disorganized and chaotic at the Senior Management levels of the Company (in 10 reviews)

  • they let go of people in the bottom chain first and higher more upper management people (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    A company without an American identity

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

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people for the most part to work with at the local level, knowledgeable and dedicated.

    Cons

    However, there are always the few (see above) that influence the many in a negative way. Politics of multiple fiefdoms bled into everything. Senior management worries about making the numbers began to overcome creating an environment of success and feelings of achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask why the company is doing what its doing, why it exists (beyond making money), and then pursue that with a passion dedicated to supporting the people who have to make the vision a reality on a daily basis. Management by annual message advances nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job satisfaction decreasing exponentially

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

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time

    Pros

    Good starting compensation, free coffee, good work/life balance. Many interesting projects and product lines. Free ice cream every other Friday during summer and free parking.

    Cons

    Top heavy senior management, most are unapproachable and have minimal leadership skills. No incentives or career growth opportunities. Benefits reduced each year. Increasingly negative and lethargic workplace atmosphere, more and more people seem to be binding their time fearing the next workforce reduction, plant relocation or closing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more professional, remember yelling and screaming at staff or completely ignoring them usually isn't very effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome company!

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

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Qinetiq North America for 7 yrs. They have great benefits, opportunities to advance, supportive management, flexible schedules, and wonderful employees. I work there again if they had job openings in my area.

    Cons

    It seems like the government contracts with Qinetiq North America in my area (Washington DC) have been reduced since I left in 2010. They had more contracts, I guess they lost some contracts to competitors in the area.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Pay, Decent benefits, But Constantly Changing

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

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay well
    The people you work with day to day are great
    The highs are really high

    Cons

    The company changes structure at least once a year
    Management has difficulty relating to everyday employees
    Government contracting is difficult. The lows are really low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and back up your people

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult to make progress without management support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Reston, VA

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good locations but they kept closing offices and sending everyone to Reston.

    Cons

    There was no one managing the departments interactions. One department would make progress at another department's expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was all laid off by the new company that bought them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good experience until the company was sold to The SI Organization

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

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time

    Pros

    Great people, personal growth and compensation

    Cons

    Communication was very poor and most employees are unaware of what is happening

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None since QNA has been sold

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    QNA maintains focus on client and employee by encouraging education within its workforce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    QNA supports the further education of its employees through a variety of financial and career-path oriented means by offering reimbursement for classes and supplemental material.

    Cons

    No known "Cons" for QNA. A large percentage of QNA's contract are government-related. If you were unable to gain a security clearance, that would present a problem in those instances where it was required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the event that a contract is not re-aquired by QNA, better employment assistance would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting group of technologies, needs to be more cohesive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The managers tend to care about their employees, and the company has a fairly social atmosphere - from free coffee stations to ice cream trucks and group luncheons, they try to establish a social culture where much business is often done "around the water cooler." Management and many of the employees really believe in the mission of the products created, and the base technology is fun to work on.

    Cons

    The company is made up of several small companies that don't yet know how to efficiently work together and/or share resources. With a foundation in military/government technology, funding can sometimes be a struggle. There is very little done for employee development and expectations are not well set. Goals and performance reviews are afterthoughts if thought of at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize all processes, train employees, select strong direction and have management enforce and push that direction throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist-Staff in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist-Staff in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits packages are pretty good. Work with good people

    Cons

    The company does not go above and beyond in any area. Is satisfied with "okay"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Management has decimated the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Lead in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Test Lead in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at QinetiQ North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits (health, Vision, Dental). and not much else.

    Cons

    Body shop. as long as the seat is filled management is happy regardless of skill or qualifications. Management change has ran the company into the ground. The only benefit besides the people you work with is Coffee. No Company Parties ect. ect. No incentive to rise above the rest. Never promotes from within. Company structure is in state of constant upheaval. Oh! and bring your own pen's and pencils. 3/4 of the building is empty but still doubled up in offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad management flows down hill all the way to PM level. Ask the workers what is really going on, and not in a "Town Hall" environment, No one is going to slash their own wrist at one of these jokes. There is no benefits to working here. We have no direction. And no clue what is going on. their is ZERO team building. ZERO incentive to rise above the rest.
     and no plan to retain the talent that is still with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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