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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated January 13, 2019
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Pros
  • "work life balance, clever people" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Access to some truly varied and interesting work" (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Incompetent middle management where the Peter principal is rife: how can the people who" (in 21 reviews)

  • "This is perhaps because a lot of the senior management are average at best" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    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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    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. "Improving business- commercial and good for staff"

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    Current Employee - Functions in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Functions in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work/life balance, flexible approach to working and ethically sound - we are actively encouraged to "do the right thing".

    Cons

    It has been slow to transform large parts of the business from a civil service mind-set and that has affected engagement within the "old-guard" that persists.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your chins up you are doing a great job.

  8. "Forward thinking, family friendly employer"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global science and technology company with strong growth strategy. Family friendly with progressive flexibility and inclusion policies. Positive team environment.

    Cons

    Can be lean on resources at times which means you need to be able to work autonomously and think innovatively to get the job done during busy periods.

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to grow and evolve, keep checking in with employees and utilising the employee led committees to continue to grow QinetiQ's positive employee culture.


  9. "Interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    Great people, and interesting challenges.

    Cons

    A little too much bureaucracy and perhaps lacking vision.


  10. "Great company but lacking upper management support"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, interesting products and great colleagues. Also has an excellent flexi time policy that people actually use without being looked down upon by management.

    Cons

    Upper management are too focused on driving revenue and making sweeping changes (like the recent modern working environment).
    No clear career path.