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QinetiQ Great Malvern Reviews

Updated December 10, 2016
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Pros
  • flexible working - good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some really interesting work and exceptional people - slowly turning into a credible engineering bussiness (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • The revolving door of senior management does not help encourage the workforce (in 11 reviews)

  • Incessantly reorganising at middle management level to no obvious effect (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Shuffling Deckchairs on a Sinking Ship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local to where I live
    Modern Campus Style Facility
    Low Cost On site Gymnasium
    Company contribution to Pension
    Dependant on which area you are working it is possible to build a good team ethos and win business
    Majority of colleagues are self motivated and hard working despite poor leadership

    Cons

    Incessantly reorganising at middle management level to no obvious effect
    Incredible levels and layers of management indecision to wade through in order to get things done
    Impossible or near enough impossible to react quickly enough to International Opportunities
    Relatively low salaries
    Incentive scheme which is more of a disincentive


  2. "Head of commercial"

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    Former Employee - Senior Commercial Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Commercial Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, some great people

    Cons

    The senior management and constant rounds of redundancy.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the company,offer your staff security of employment and watch moral/productivity improve.


  3. "Overlooked and under rated."

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unparalled work. Cutting edge design and research. Excellent facilities and engineering. Great staff social scene in and out of work. Great location.

    Cons

    Management incompetence. Neglect and ignorance of engineering teams leading to demise of skills due to loss of staff. Hard work is expected not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff. Reward hard working engineers and encourage teams rather than break them up.


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  5. "Fascinating work, and world class people"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The variety and challenge of work was impressive, and on some projects it felt like you were doing something never tried before in the world. Some of the best people I've worked with, as well. Great work/life balance too.

    Cons

    So many good people, means it's also hard to climb up the ladder. Salaries not so good compared to peer companies.


  6. "OK place to work if you're into defence. I had a great manager but not sure if that applies to others."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Analyst in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Analyst in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to meet other graduates
    Flexi time
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Very rigid and overly complicated corporate structure

    Advice to Management

    Corporate structure needs a major revamp to increase sales and innovation.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great company with lots of bright people conducting cutting-edge research.
    Wide range of different technologies.
    Pleasant environment outdoors - Malvern campus.

    Cons

    Bullying culture focused on short term profit at expense of doing a good job, providing customer satisfaction and achieving long term profit.
    Newer buildings had large open plan offices with bad air-con and no soul.
    Isolation from other companies led to unjustified culture of arrogance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term share price rather than short term:- raise priority of doing a good job for the customer to at least the same as detailed financial forecasts for each project.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Disaster in progress"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere;
    Occasionally the projects are quite interesting;
    Some talented colleagues to learn from;
    The food from the on-site cafe was alright I suppose.

    Cons

    Rampant management incompetence, from lower management all the way to the top;
    Changing performance goalposts to justify non-existent or pathetic pay rises for high performers;
    Promotion close to impossible for technical people;
    The constant threat of redundancy;
    Below-market pay, paired with constant insinuation that it was "generous";
    No training in several years at the company;
    The dishonesty from management about all of the above.

    Advice to Management

    Show a bit of faith in the technical staff, rather than contempt. Invest in the right people and try to stop graduates leaving as soon as they arrive. Hire the right people, but for the love of God, don't make it yet more highly-paid middle management supported by 3 or 4 fee earners...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great technical work - awful management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart people
    knowledge eagerly shared to new staff
    great training

    Cons

    politics
    poor compensation
    incompetence and egomania
    scientists burdened with unnecessary bureaucratic duties

    Advice to Management

    get proper managers in from outside business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable and varied work in technology fields, lots of negativity amongst staff."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large diversity of technical roles available.
    Intelligent, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly technical staff.
    Out of the rat race (Malvern site).

    Cons

    Lack of internal investment.
    Seemingly endless company contraction.
    Short-sighted cost savings.
    Extreme negativity amongst technical staff.
    Senior management and many senior technical staff seem to have conflicting ideas.

    Advice to Management

    You can't keep all staff on profit making projects at all times. QinetiQ's strength is its diversity of capabilities. Making an underutilised capability redundant means QinetiQ loses that capability. This reduces its diversity, making it weaker, less able to attack problems it could previously tackle. I saw this happen time and again.


  11. "Once great, now not so much."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Within the technical teams there is good camaraderie which makes QQ a bearable place to work. Work content is varied and interesting.

    Cons

    There appears to be at least 2 managers for every "money generator". This commercial overhead is crippling the company. Pay has decreased in real terms over the last few years. Reduction in T&Cs for the people who are below the bonus line make QQ an expensive place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying yourself bonuses based on other peoples hard work. Exec pay rises should not have an inverse relationship to share price.



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