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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  • 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)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Awesome products & positive work enviroment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting contract work with the Dept of Homeland Security"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Good engineering, management in flux."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Employees able to coast by on the coat tales of hard workers while receiving same pay
    Little to no job progression
    Moving towards Matrix Management


  8. "electrician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great pension and flexible benefits

    Cons

    average salary, no job progression


  9. "Assitant"

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    Former Employee - Hampshire in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Hampshire in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career development through training

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Company culture

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to employees


  10. "Interesting work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work.
    Good facilities.
    Flexi time & work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor middle & upper management.


  11. "Property Services Operative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Services Operative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Property Services Operative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Use to work in IT then moved to FM due to restructuring. stayed as it was close to home and less to commute to work.

    provides good working conditions
    friendly staff

    Cons

    low pay
    not much to progress (for me)


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