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DST Systems Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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Pros
  • DST WS is a very good company which has employee friendly environment and good work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Good benefits, work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management is where they are due to tenure not experience and skill (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management SEEMS to care about employees but actually not (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Software Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employees, Scope to growth good span of products to work across

    Cons

    Management changed , too many changes . Employees lost trust

    Advice to Management

    Management has to stick on one plan ,


  2. "Unsure where the ship is going"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, but reasonable
    People are great
    Flexible schedules and hours
    Middle management isn’t too bad.
    Nice buildings and facilities.

    Cons

    Sr management continues to squeeze, doesn’t make decisions in a timely fashion and most people have had enough and are leaving. With that, good skills, expertise and knowledge walk out the door as many things are not properly documented. And then those people aren’t replaced so remaining people get more work on already full plates.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Figure out what you want to do and let everyone do their jobs. Stop changing everything every couple weeks. Hire people to get the work done.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Vacation
    Medical
    401K Matching
    Supervisory management level practice empathy and humility

    Cons

    Does not invest in employees
    Off-shoring development
    Yearly Layoffs
    Top-Heavy
    Illusion of transparency through buzzwords
    Executive management doesn't understand the architecture


  4. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Strong people, dedicated hard workers.

    Cons

    Shrinking benefits, low salaries, corporate policy taking over.

    Advice to Management

    Add more staff. Currently have a high expectation from most associates.


  5. "It's a Job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time

    Pros

    Schedules are flexible and weekends off are a plus.

    Cons

    Poor management and unorganized work departments.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s sad that I’ve worked here for almost 18 years and can’t think of a single pro.

    Cons

    They hire a new VP every other week and then layoff large groups of other employees. New technology never makes it to market. Every year they take away more benefits.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start out. Terrible place to stay long-term. Layoffs every year."

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    Former Employee - Client Relations Coordinator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Client Relations Coordinator in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    DST is a great place to start your career. I spent eleven years here and the best years, by far, were my early ones. I learned how to work well in a corporate environment and service big-name clients as well as the basics of managing a team.

    The camaraderie among coworkers is generally good. The benefits and pay are decent. but not as good as comparable companies in the industry. The culture has modernized, and you can now wear casual clothing every day.

    Cons

    DST does not care about its workers and it makes that clear. Layoffs are now happening every year. If they don't lay you off, they may try to back-door you by giving you an unfair write-up and hoping you don't fight it. (Because if you don't fight it, they'll have grounds to fire you later with ease.) I know a lady who gave decades of service and was laid off while on medical leave. Terrible stuff.

    If you decide to make DST your long-term career, you will work under the knowledge that your every move is being watched and your petty and unprofessional management may use any mistake, no matter how minor, to get rid of you so their budget balances.

    One of the leaders in a town hall meeting last year admitted that he only budgets three percent for merit raises. In 2016 I did not know a single associate that received more than 3% percent, which isn't enough to keep up with inflation costs.

    For a technology company, DST is remarkably slow to invest in new tech. For this reason, they're behind the times compared to competitors, and the loss of business shows, but why worry about growing when you're laying people off every year anyway?

    Advice to Management

    Management is part of the problem here, not the solution. Anything I can say would fall on deaf ears.

  8. "Little or not at all."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Birmingham, AL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ... Beautiful location to be in.

    Cons

    Communication. Very silo environment.
    Employees warned me.
    I tried to stay positive.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved.


  9. "DST Pharmacy Solutions - Lacking Direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good at DST. They seemed inline with the market for a midsize company.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and responsibilities at every turn. Expect every project to take twice as long as it needs to. This organization has very little willingness to accept new ideas and change.

    Advice to Management

    Try new ideas and focus more on enabling employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Unfortunate Choice for Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The "pitch" to join this organization sounded great!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, working for DST turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. I walked away feeling perplexed about my experience and I am still upset about putting in the time and effort that I did for a company who did not support me.

    To lay the groundwork, at each of my previous jobs, I have been a top performer/high achiever. I always have (& always will) work hard to exceed goals, become an expert in my role, be a team player, & represent corporate values in every action.

    With DST, the expectations were such that there was no possible way to succeed. When I realized that there was a potential issue, I immediately scheduled a meeting with my manager which turned into a coaching session. I scheduled 5 additional coaching sessions before departing--despite my efforts they were a complete waste of time. With a humble attitude I asked for advice, expressed my concerns, and was fully open to listening and learning so that I could meet the set expectations. My manager had little to no advice for me--only criticism. After asking a direct question, my manager once replied, "I don't know what to tell you. Maybe you need to leave the company." After over a year with DST, is finally what I did.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


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