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QinetiQ Overview

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London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (QQ)
Business Services
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
As our name suggests, QinetiQ is a company driven forward by the energy of our people. With motion comes change and with change, opportunity.

In an organisation operating at the forefront of the defence, aerospace, maritime and cyber security sectors those ... Read more

Mission: Our business is based on technical expertise – our most prized possession is trust.

Customers around the world rely on the ideas, innovations and drive of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where their ... Read more

QinetiQ Reviews

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QinetiQ CEO Steve Wadey
Steve Wadey
27 Ratings
  • "Good engineering, management in flux."

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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO


    Offers challenging engineering work on established & advanced technology projects.
    Motivated individuals can advance their career rapidly within the right framework.
    Offers good on-the-job learning for recent engineering graduates with aptitude.
    Hands-on engineers are passionate and knowledgeable about their jobs.


    Ongoing company restructurings upset workflow, contracts, and benefits.
    Management takes "do more with less" to an unhealthy extreme, often undercuts engineer estimates to meet unrealistic schedules and budgets. Budgets may be radically cut mid-project to fund other endeavors.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot attract and retain the best talent by undercutting your teams.

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QinetiQ Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
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    Easy Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at QinetiQ (Washington, DC) in February 2013.


    Had a phone screen with a very excited recruiter who had received my resume from a recruiter friend of mine. Within a week, I met with a business development director who was staffing a program for a potential win. He gave me the thumbs up, and then I interviewed with the program director. The site where the business development director was located seemed very sullen and dark and had very few employees in the office (not a surprise). The administrative assistant who was dressed in sweatpants and a hoodie (surprising for corporate attire) seemed to be bored and had left me in the lobby for 30 minutes past the expected interview start with no explanation. I would not describe the place as having any energy at all and seemed to be very sad.

    The program director interviewed me at a grocery store that was down the road from the business development director's site. He had gotten himself a cup of coffee at their Starbucks kiosk before I arrived but did not ask me if I wanted to get any refreshments for myself, and quickly launched into the interview. He asked odd questions that led me to believe he thought I was going to try to take his job if I was hired. He told me he liked to work from home and did not go into the office unless it was necessary. I can say for sure that I was never interviewed for a professional IT job at a grocery store before.

    I'm not sure for which position I was being interviewed since my resume went directly from recruiter to recruiter. The business development director asked questions about a task lead position but that seemed to be far below my skillset and experience, also having been a director for 5 years.

    Seems like the company is a collection of companies that have come together but there is no real direction or cohesiveness. I would have liked to work on that program and do like the client that they support at that location. Would have been a wonderful commute as well. Happy employee? I could have been!

    Interview Questions

    • The second interviewer asked me whether I wanted to run a few programs (his job) or did I want to just be on a program. I wasn't sure how to answer the question because I've run large organizations far above his pay grade in the past.   Answer Question
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QinetiQ Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2009

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