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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Interesting work,ability to move about the organisation (in 15 reviews)

  • Flexible working is great for work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Civil service mentality can mean that there are frustrations associated with how long stuff takes to happen (in 8 reviews)

  • Off site work is fantastic but working on core sites is very paternalistic with senior management believing that there way of working is alway (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Team member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Workplace Supervisor in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Workplace Supervisor in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good to work for, pension plan ok. Holiday and sick pay favourable.

    Cons

    low pay, 1% pay raises for the last six years.
    Promotion prospects not good. organisation due to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    none no point


  2. "A friendly place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working pattern; laid back working environment; interesting and varied work; was left to get on with the tasks at hand.

    Cons

    The main downside that I can see is the relatively low pay for permanent employees - as I was undergoing a placement year this was not an issue.

    Advice to Management

    I had no issues with management as my line manager was always friendly and helpful. To the higher ups I would say that morale was affected by the impending move of site and that people don't enjoy the barrage of emails they receive.

  3. "Not recommended as an employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working is the best benefit due to the trimming back of all the other benefits.

    Cons

    Very poor salary and future prospects, holiday has been reduced to 25 and pension contributions have been increased.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and benefits to reflect what the rest of industry are paying to improve staff morale

    Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Response

    May 30, 2017 – Resourcing Advisor

    Happy to talk directly to understand your issues and what if anything we can do to resolve these. Please feel free to contact me directly. Karen Smith Resourcing Adviser


  4. "Flexi time is great, pay is poor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time is the main benefit here as the pay is low for the role your in especially if your in the Sevenoaks branch as you don't get the London weighting.

    Cons

    Paid less than corresponding roles in other MoD organizations
    Sevenoaks closing moving employees across the country

    Advice to Management

    Sort the pay out to match similar roles in MoD
    Having a branch close to London attracted higher quality of employees


  5. "Good People, Good Purpose"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Consultant in Porton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Freelance Consultant in Porton, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with world-class scientists and technologists on some of the most challenging problems.
    Flexible working arrangements are superb.

    Cons

    Management styles are generally old-fashioned - some senior managers have very low levels of trust in the workforce. Can feel like a very insular organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more. Look outwards more often. Be more realistic about career opportunities.
    Give serious consideration to 360 reporting.


  6. "Excellent organisation to work for. Interesting work and great flexible working conditions."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fareham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fareham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work,ability to move about the organisation. Flexible working hours. Most staff members are fully committed to the labs direction.

    Cons

    Some of the old staff are stuck in their ways and will oppose any change that the lab tries to implement. Constantly banging on about being underpaid in line with other Mod worker's. Some Managers aren't very good. Some need to be "moved on"

    Advice to Management

    Lead from the front and take the Lab forward


  7. "Poor Pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Flexi Time. Unstressful workload

    Cons

    Very bad pay. You can't live on a pittance.

  8. "One year on"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to travel a little, and you get flexible working workers

    Cons

    The wage structure is far below the rest of MoD.


  9. "What it is like to work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working as a parent is invaluable.Talented and enthusiastic about the delivery of science and technology.Good pay and benefits.Opportunity to self promote without leaving Dstl.
    Accomodation and appreciation of diversity- particularly neuro diversity, and sexual orientation.

    Cons

    Highly critical and risk averse.Poor quality feedback around contribution and impact.Decisions taken by written papers, rather than conversations.Limited recognition around positive work and contribution

    Advice to Management

    Take the opportunity to increase visibility across the Laboratory. Increase involvement in understanding the culture of Dstl.


  10. "A great place to work with some great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    An great place to work with many benefits. Some really talented people who are excellent at their job. A flexible organisation which allows inclusive working.

    Cons

    Leadership could communicate to their employees more clearly. Government/MOD restrictions can sometimes hinder with the ability to compete with private organisations.


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