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DST Systems Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • The work life balance is really good (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management SEEMS to care about employees but actually not (in 19 reviews)

  • Senior Management is where they are due to tenure not experience and skill (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Product manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work from anywhere when not at the client site

    Cons

    Changed to PTO for Tim off and those with over 15 years lost 5 days off. Medical benefits continue to cost more for less. Took away profit sharing and you are now vested day 1. Great for new employees but bad for those with over 5 years. Rebranded themselves from software company to data entry company. Company now employees less skilled employees. Everything they are doing paint a picture the company won't be around for long.

    Advice to Management

    PMO was just getting better with different management and senior staff moves old PMO manager back. With her back, you are guilty until you prove you are innocent. New senior officer pushed out all old upper management and brought in mostly female management.


  2. "Mutual Fund Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mutual Fund Representative in Raytown, MO
    Former Employee - Mutual Fund Representative in Raytown, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DST Systems part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, 401k, lots of overtime, great job for college students, lots of opportunities to move up through the company

    Cons

    Lay offs, parking, no gym , Management likes to micromanage too much

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Kinda Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation, reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Technology advancement is held stuck due to outdated standards.
    Poor management that can't grasp the fact it's the 21st century and things are rapidly changing.
    Too much politics, it's more about how much you can suck up to your superiors rather than doing your job.
    You actually have to buy coffee their.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees as they are your most valuable asset, their success is your success. Incorporate a scalable and robust technology standards that fits a rapidly changing world.
    Promote a less political environment.


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  5. "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Internship is real fun. There is scope of learning both technical and communication skills

    Cons

    None as of my knowledge

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not a Great Outlook for the Future with DST"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relations Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Client Relations Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits for new hires. Internship program offers competitive pay and great perks.

    Cons

    Pretty regular layoffs which are very discouraging to everyone who remains employed. The industry itself is very unstable which leaves DST and its employees in a very uncomfortable position of not knowing how the future will look. The atmosphere is very old school and generally negative.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Education and Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exposure to all aspects of mutual fund processing can allow new associates to develop a well rounded background in the industry/

    Cons

    Very few development opportunities. Hire talent, but little to no career pathing exists within the Minneapolis office.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not as good as I thought"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    This company will offer a job to anyone. You don't have to have experience to obtain employment here. They will let you start from the bottom up.

    Cons

    They don't train you well enough to do your job. They throw you out there with instructions on a piece of paper and then expect you to do the work and meet production with no errors.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time needed to actually train your personnel correctly. Production could be so much more if you invested time in training your staff.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointed in Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really bright people who really want to help the company and their clients succeed.

    Cons

    Breakdown in confidence in the COO, her chief of staff and director level positions. Negative/aggressive culture is how they manage.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the COO and her chain of command. Treat people with respect they deserve or good people will leave.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Great Relationships / Terrible Executives"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made some life-long personal relationships at DST that will be valuable to me for the rest of my life. If you show the ability to get work done, you can find promotions (though the raise policy is ridiculous)

    Cons

    Raise policy sends best workers to outside companies. DST is like the minor league system feeding top players to Cerner, The Federal Reserve, and others.

    Executive Management is absolutely boneheaded on the IT side. One VP curses people out in broken English over ridiculous issues he's not even factual on. Transitioning the company from Tom McDonnell to Steve Hooley was the worst decision DST could have ever made, as Hooley may be good at pumping up the stock price (mark my words that is very temporary) but he is terrible at gathering smart and effective leaders to work for him and for the associates. The president of the financial services business unit is a joke, and only got the position because he was an ineffective and overmatched CIO. The company lays off associates (many deserved it) but goes off and hires a VP for seemingly everything they can possibly think of, none of which come from the inside, all of which are tied to other recently hired executives. Benefits are being slashed, PTO reduced, paid holidays reduced, merit increases reduced, and profit sharing is now gone.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to Steve Hooley directly. You're sinking what was once an admirable and amazing company. Your IT organization is in shambles because you have no strengths with IT.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Shared Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shared Services in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Shared Services in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DST Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has been a leader in the Healthcare Payor Managed Care Industry and could recover from the bad decision of bringing in the current narcissistic COO

    Cons

    The current narcissistic COO due to these mental health issues is leading operations to disaster with her narcissistic self promotion. She works to surround herself with like flawed personalities causing the most experienced professional people to be limited and overpowered by them.

    Advice to Management

    Get the current narcissistic COO out of there ASAP. It does not look good on Hooley and the most senior corporate management allowing a person with a severe mental health issue be in power and rule over operations of DST Health Solutions.


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