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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Variety of work and flexible company to accommodate work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Interesting work, and a chance to take ownership of problems (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management do not offer much support to workers (in 13 reviews)

  • New structure has lead to a bloat of middle management that consists of anyone willing to blindly agree with upper management decisions (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Intelligent hard working people with a passion for their domain area"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is trying their best to communicate business position, impact of government changes, new markets of interest and emerging opportunities. Organization is doing a great job of diversifying into commercial business and offering new opportunities for their current employees. Management team promotes from within and has been successful providing employees with new opportunities as current contracts come to completion.

    Cons

    When business tightens and you need to do more with less it is important that your peers share the same dedication to the business and have the same work ethic. The organization does a good job of rewarding performance but is not quick to act on non-performers. QinetiQ could do a better job of identifying bottom performers and dealing with them to ensure top performer moral.

    Advice to Management

    Make tough decisions quickly... Less diplomacy more action


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for hard workers

    Cons

    commute can be tough at times

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  3. "Awesome products & positive work enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ (More than a year)

    Pros

    great products and good people

    Cons

    government contracts change quickly and change layoffs


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good engineering, management in flux."

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

    Pros

    Offers challenging engineering work on established & advanced technology projects.
    Motivated individuals can advance their career rapidly within the right framework.
    Offers good on-the-job learning for recent engineering graduates with aptitude.
    Hands-on engineers are passionate and knowledgeable about their jobs.

    Cons

    Ongoing company restructurings upset workflow, contracts, and benefits.
    Management takes "do more with less" to an unhealthy extreme, often undercuts engineer estimates to meet unrealistic schedules and budgets. Budgets may be radically cut mid-project to fund other endeavors.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot attract and retain the best talent by undercutting your teams.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not a bad place to work if you plan to move on in a year or two."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer good pay, the co-workers are friendly and management can be great. There are usually contracts available in many different areas for different government agencies.

    Cons

    They don't care about finding you follow on work after your contract ends. They treat you more as a resource to get contract dollars instead of as a human being. It doesn't really matter how well you do on a particular contract, there is no real opportunity for advancement. Contractors are left to fend for them self's if there is no follow up funding. The company tends to absorb smaller companies and add a great amount of bureaucracy to their operations.

    Advice to Management

    Try and overcome high turn over rates and give opportunities for worker advancement.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting contract work with the Dept of Homeland Security"

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    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Gov't contract working with Department of Homeland Security. Good balence of work and homelife. Adapting to constant change of Gov't red tape a must.

    Cons

    Gov't employees paid equivalent of contractors but don't have a clue are not held accountable and cannot be fired. Gov't employees are poorly trained and unmotivated. Might not get re-hired when contract rools over.

    Advice to Management

    Have better understanding of what average employee does on a daily basis. Better retirement plan with company vestment in 401K occuring over a shorter time period.


  7. "Still Civil Servants"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse areas of operation all over the country

    Cons

    Little imagination when it comes to developing new contracts

  8. "Resource manager"

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    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Shoeburyness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Shoeburyness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team I work with work hard for each other

    Cons

    To much uncertainty with the transformation

    Advice to Management

    Think of you staff as people


  9. "Enjoyable challenging with plenty of opportunity to develop"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boscombe, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boscombe, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transforming positively to meet customer need and improve productivity.
    Personal development opportunities through internal training packages.
    Optimistic and energetic outlook at the right level.

    Cons

    Some employees finding it hard to get onboard with required business evolution.
    Base level infrastructure support is very basic and under resourced.

    Advice to Management

    Back up positive change plans with investment please.


  10. "Changing face of QinetiQ"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sevenoaks, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of staff at the “coal face” are professional, committed and dedicated to the company and the interesting work.

    Cons

    The management within QinetiQ are very poor in listening to the staff and only care on protecting their own positions within the company. Working conditions at a number of sites are do not reflect the image QinetiQ tries to display to the wider community. Pay is below the industry norm and pay awards are low and decisive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who do the real work and pay a decent amount for the work they do.


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