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DST Systems Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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  • "Good Work Life Balance in the company" (in 48 reviews)

  • "Ability to work from home as needed" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Executive Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great staff. My team is amazing. I love working here.

    Cons

    Company sold out to SS&C. Several people losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees so they know if they have a job or need to start looking.


  2. "Lots of changes and recently bought out."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pros for this company was work life balance and vacation after being there with the company so long. I found myself only staying for these things. Pay was decent, but most important was my work life balance (able to work from home in the event of children sick or weather and such but i hear this has changed and they are cracking down on it) and also i received basically a months worth of vacation every year. (26 days) I will say that the opportunity given to me though was one i cant say i wouldve just received anywhere. I went from a high school diploma to a software engineer. Opportunities for growth definitely existed and for taht experience i am forever grateful to DST.

    Cons

    Most of these cons i will admit are probably due to the fact that i started with the company well before they became all about the stock price. But changes to things like paying for healthcare on top of the fact that it became more and more expensive every year with no end in sight. Multiple changes to management over the course of my tenure, most importantly upper management being changed (and yet still receiving major payouts/buyouts for their short tenure) Also the big debacle that happened with our profit sharing account (its a netflix special about valeant pharmaceuticals) loss of specific holidays and them just being added in to your total vacation. Im not sure if things may change based on SS&C buying DST out and new CEO and leadership, but it was made clear by Steve Hooley he was all about money at the end of the day with no regard to the employees specifically unlike the previous CEO that used to be over DST when i first started.

    Advice to Management

    MORE TRANSPARENCY, we understand we dont have choices or say in major decisions from an employee standpoint, but if you could at least tell employees what is being thought about from decision standpoints that, i feel, would be greatly benefical.

  3. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Financial Operations Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Financial Operations Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart, talented people that work at DST.

    Cons

    Lots of really good employees leaving due to heavy workload/stress from merger with SS&C.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and they might stick around.


  4. "Normal Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Employment, building, downtown, people, places

    Cons

    Employment, too much fun, too little work

    Advice to Management

    Manage


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership and company benefits

    Cons

    Good tenure so not much opportunity for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long standing company.
    Leader in the financial services industry.
    New business opportunities after being acquired by SS&C.

    Cons

    Senior leadership inconsistencies. After the merger with BFDS, it appears they are fighting each other for power.


  7. "Former Full Time Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Most people I worked with at DST were awsome. As usual there were rotten apples in the barrel.

    Cons

    Too much micromanaging and too many inept managers. Mangement lacked basic skills. Basically made every one crazy. Little to no direction.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PTO, casual dress, 30 days work from home

    Cons

    Lack of direction and poor morale


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very good"

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very time efficient management of resources

    Cons

    very difficult to get promoted as more talented people are working

    Advice to Management

    keep the good work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer/Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Many pros, but mostly yesteryear.

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs constantly involving outside executives. Nearly every significant aspect of employee satisfaction were steadily eliminated in proportion to the "old school" management's being ousted. Used to be an excellent company, but nowadays people do not seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe things are better now. If not, you should probably have yourself replaced. Middle management still had the remnants of leadership at the time I left.