QinetiQ

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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
69 Reviews
2.4
69 Reviews
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QinetiQ CEO and Director Leo Quinn
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36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has a great work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The work/life balance is good with flexi-time and some degree of autonomy (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management don't practice what they preach (in 6 reviews)

  • Little or no career progression for professionals (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intelligent hard working people with a passion for their domain area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QinetiQ

    Pros

    Management is trying their best to communicate business position, impact of government changes, new markets of interest and emerging opportunities. Organization is doing a great job of diversifying into commercial business and offering new opportunities for their current employees. Management team promotes from within and has been successful providing employees with new opportunities as current contracts come to completion.

    Cons

    When business tightens and you need to do more with less it is important that your peers share the same dedication to the business and have the same work ethic. The organization does a good job of rewarding performance but is not quick to act on non-performers. QinetiQ could do a better job of identifying bottom performers and dealing with them to ensure top performer moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make tough decisions quickly... Less diplomacy more action

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work if you plan to move on in a year or two.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at QinetiQ

    Pros

    They offer good pay, the co-workers are friendly and management can be great. There are usually contracts available in many different areas for different government agencies.

    Cons

    They don't care about finding you follow on work after your contract ends. They treat you more as a resource to get contract dollars instead of as a human being. It doesn't really matter how well you do on a particular contract, there is no real opportunity for advancement. Contractors are left to fend for them self's if there is no follow up funding. The company tends to absorb smaller companies and add a great amount of bureaucracy to their operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and overcome high turn over rates and give opportunities for worker advancement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting contract work with the Dept of Homeland Security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at QinetiQ

    Pros

    Interesting Gov't contract working with Department of Homeland Security. Good balence of work and homelife. Adapting to constant change of Gov't red tape a must.

    Cons

    Gov't employees paid equivalent of contractors but don't have a clue are not held accountable and cannot be fired. Gov't employees are poorly trained and unmotivated. Might not get re-hired when contract rools over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better understanding of what average employee does on a daily basis. Better retirement plan with company vestment in 401K occuring over a shorter time period.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting and flexible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Design Engineer in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Electronics Design Engineer in Salisbury, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Intetersting work with flexible working hours. Good training budget and opportunities to develop.

    Cons

    Sometimes time scales are challenging and management hypocritical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management lie to make themselves look better. Workers are afraid of being candid for fear of showing up their managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Thinking of working here? Do so at own risk!

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer/Apprentice in Carmarthen, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer/Apprentice in Carmarthen, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting types of work and trials. The people who actually do the work not including any form of management, are a good lot of people to work with.

    Cons

    They will take as much as they can from you and give no reward. Then when they find out you have a disability they will drop you at the first chance!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone does not fit in to your ideal world does not mean that they are useless. Take your heads out your arses and listen to the people who are on the floor. Also if someone has a disability, dont refuse them any further employment and don, t discriminate them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still a badly broken company in 2014...

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Malvern, England (UK)

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A business that retains a near monopoly position within the UK Defence R&D market. Some talented scientists and engineers, engaged in genuinely exciting work.

    Cons

    QinetiQ is a good example of what happens when a business fails to transition from a (very necessary) turnaround phase back into growth:- Managers frustrated by weak results prey on staff in order to appease a turnaround CEO. Talented staff angered by managerial errors, exit the business. Talent goes unreplaced, and the business attracts the wrong type of opportunist. It is difficult to envisage positive outcomes for a business with a self-perpetuating, nihlistic culture. An HBR case study is waiting to be written about this broken business with a broken business model...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like any problem, recovery starts with acknowledging that a problem exists. Look for evidence of admission that QinetiQ has a problem and has a plan to address it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting and exciting work, very poor management, stress and depression are rife.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exciting defence contracts, nice people. The work/life balance is good with flexi-time and some degree of autonomy.

    Cons

    The managementi is poor at all levels, poor communication and engagement with staff. Stress in the workplace is not managed at all. The pay is poor and unions are no longer recognised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazingly talented people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Salisbury, England (UK)

    I worked at QinetiQ part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, who feel very passionately about what they do. The work is exciting. The culture is really flexible and family friendly, I always felt very supported by my managers.

    Cons

    Progression sometimes is more about if your face fits than talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Physical working environment isn't great and needs some investment, a small thing that would make a bit difference. Some management levels take a very short term view.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Did well for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Control Engineer in Farnborough, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Electrical Control Engineer in Farnborough, London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Mad levels of training if you are lucky and if you land on the right project you will do exceptionally well

    Cons

    Most of the good staff have left when it got privatised and they are effectively left with the 'dregs' who know they wont get a job else where. New staff are often Ex Military many of who are totally useless. There are a lot of moaning ex public sector who are just there for a job rather than to work and can't find a job else where(Why should anyone respect/value employees if they add very little to the company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to weed out the bad performers, maybe ask who would be interested in Voluntary redundancy and sack everyone who doesn't ask for it. (Probably isn't legal) Why would I leave if I didn't think I would find a job else where, why wouldn't I if I could and get paid for it?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people at the coal face let down by senior management mutual back slapping merry go round.

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

    I worked at QinetiQ

    Pros

    Cool projects, interesting people, planes!

    Cons

    Senior management weak on leadership. Poorly performing senior individuals recirculated around the top positions rather than sacked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack people who don't perform rather than shifting them into made up jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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