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QinetiQ CEO Steve Wadey
Steve Wadey
83 Ratings
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  • "Middle management do not live the company values(in 20 reviews)

  • "Some senior management or 'leaders' operate completely separately from the Subject Matter Experts (SME's) on the shop floor(in 17 reviews)

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

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    Current Employee -  
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ

    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

    QinetiQ2013-06-27
  2. "Great place to work"

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      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

      QinetiQ2017-11-19
    • "Awesome products & positive work enviroment"

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

      I worked at QinetiQ for more than a year

      Pros

      great products and good people

      Cons

      government contracts change quickly and change layoffs

      QinetiQ2016-11-21
    • Helpful (2)

      "Good engineering, management in flux."

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

      I worked at QinetiQ

      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.

      QinetiQ2015-03-26
    • Helpful (3)

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

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

      I have been working at QinetiQ

      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...

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      Advice to Management

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

      QinetiQ2009-04-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "Interesting contract work with the Dept of Homeland Security"

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

      I have been working at QinetiQ

      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.

      QinetiQ2008-10-03
    • Helpful (1)

      "Consultant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at QinetiQ full-time

      Pros

      Great team to work with

      Cons

      Engineering focussed organisation so ILS development is not valued

      QinetiQ2019-03-27
    • Helpful (4)

      "Beware middle management"

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      Current Employee - Technical in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at QinetiQ full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Interesting work, customers are usually good to work with. The people on the ground and the SME's are great to work with, customer driven and pride in the job. Great work life balance. I feel the CEO means well, but is being either misinformed or misdirected.

      Cons

      Some levels across the company care more about saving money to look good than long term capability. Middle management do not live the company values. Poor change management without any thought or direction. Poor matrix management system. Current Aberporth site management is the worst during my long time in the company. Narrow minded, poor strategies, condescending to staff, borderline bullying. The site morale really...

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      Advice to Management

      Drop matrix management, its making us sluggish - where trying to get anything done ends up an ego measuring contest between management streams. Beware the people making long term strategic decisions based on their own career goals, they do not have company/customer interests at heart.

      QinetiQ2019-03-28
    • "IT"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at QinetiQ full-time

        Pros

        A good environment to work In

        Cons

        Poor middle management and ethics

        QinetiQ2019-03-13
      • Helpful (6)

        "Suffers from 'managerialism'."

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        Former Employee - Engineer in Boscombe, Wiltshire, South West England, England
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at QinetiQ full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Some great people at shop floor level. Company benefits are good. Work life balance okay.

        Cons

        Some senior management or 'leaders' operate completely separately from the Subject Matter Experts (SME's) on the shop floor. They think they know how to manage and lead, but quite frankly many do not have a clue about management/leadership of SME engineering staff. People who produce or service technology should know and be competent about technology - this should include management/leaders within this environment. ...

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        Advice to Management

        Listen to your SME's. Build rapport & trust by getting out on the shop floor and understanding what is really going on. Stop using corporate jargon and speak to SME's like the intelligent & capable adults they are.

        QinetiQ2019-03-02
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