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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated August 14, 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
  • "Incompetent middle management where the Peter principal is rife: how can the people who" (in 16 reviews)

  • "This is perhaps because a lot of the senior management are average at best" (in 14 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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    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. Helpful (1)

    "senior engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    good technical people lots of knowledge

    Cons

    poor management, to interested in there bonuses. lack of technical people rising to the top. To get on you have to give up technical work.

    Advice to Management

    The technical people in the company are the one that generate the companies wealth, but all the rewards to to the managers.

  8. "Interesting work but progression masked in obscurity"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on a variety of projects - this offers the opportunity to learn new software languages and technologies.
    Very flexible with working hours - trust based system
    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere
    Gym/shower facilities provided on most sites

    Cons

    A new strategy every two years that generally has a 5+ years vision attached to it - lots of hype at launch and then little/no mention of it.
    Career development is whatever you happen to learn on whatever job needs you - no opportunity to direct your own path - training courses are only provided if essential to the project.
    No published competencies that relate to your grade - leaves you with no clue as to where you fit in at any given time, or what you have to do in order to progress.
    Being offered promotion due to getting better at your job appears to have died - you're expected to apply for a different internal role to get this.
    Promotion does not guarantee pay rise - the overlapping of pay bands upon grades means that a single salary could pay one of several grades.
    Pay goes up and down - year on year below inflationary increases will leave you down. This leads to ad-hoc pay increases that are given to those that fall well below the norm.
    Performance review objectives are vague and don't relate to the day job - each year you have to justify your existence, against said objectives, in order to reduce your effective pay cut.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce some flexibility and empower local management to make more decisions than they can at present - this may will lead to company wide discrepancies; however, applying blanket decisions across the board stifles innovation.
    Be transparent with your employees regarding pay, competencies, path to progression etc.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Heading in the right direction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    This is probably the most exciting time to work at QinetiQ. As an organisation it has the clearest focus it has ever had under new management and the resources to make a success of it. The international opportunity for QinetiQ is significant, which should mean more interesting work. The talents and skills of employees are second to none, and I am frequently amazed by some of the work we do. The breadth of what we do, and its critical nature to our customers is something I feel very proud of.

    Cons

    Like many organisations going through change, this has been implemented with varying degrees of success, and there are certain situations that could have been handled better. Management seem conscious of this and there is a lot of energy going into improving what it is like to work here. The new incentive scheme now means we should all be sharing in the financial success of the business.

    There is still a "civil service" mentality in some areas of the organisation that can be particularly resistant to the real changes that any successful business must do. This is a legacy issue, but senior management are very receptive to employees who want to drive change and challenge the historic status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to the impact change has on employees, but ultimately it is necessary if the business is develop and reach its full potential.

    QinetiQ Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Group Resourcing Partner

    It is great to hear that you are feeling like we are all heading in the right direction. As with many organisations change can be challenging and exciting as well for employees and we are working... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Love the people I work with but management destroys efforts"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, interesting people, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Management does not value its people, who are brilliant.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your employees and they will stay, ignore and they will leave, and look at the big picture and stop bean counting

    QinetiQ Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Group Resourcing Partner

    We really sorry to hear that you feel that many employees are ignored and not developed, we are listening to all our employees and are keen to understand how we can ensure employees always feel... More


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