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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated February 9, 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 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management do not offer much support to workers (in 12 reviews)

  • New structure has lead to a bloat of middle management that consists of anyone willing to blindly agree with upper management decisions (in 11 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. "Varied work and truly in depth Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Whether direct or indirect, QinetiQ Procurement is empowered across a broad range of categories and services, I have learnt much whilst at QinetiQ. Primarily a defence based prime contractor, but is broadening in to commercial markets.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is unrealistic customer pressure, which isn't always thought out but still accepted. Can setup to fail.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Malvern, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A really open and friendly place to work.
    The work is varied and you'll do things at QinetiQ you couldn't do in many other places. The offices are all open plan making it easier to actually talk with not only your team but other members of the team to deliver the best for the customers.
    I would thoroughly recommend QinetiQ to anyone who wants a challenge and is willing to take opportunities to make their career what they want it to be. If you want a job that can deliver the typical cliche of "No two days are the same" QinetiQ is the place for you.

    Cons

    Tech can be seen as quite "old". Old laptops, monitors etc. Certain areas of the business can hinder projects being delivered, by taking too long to do things or watering information to the customer down.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in tech! Working in cyber we have ancient laptops, which doesn't fill the customer with much hope.


  9. "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Malvern, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, supportive, varied, friendly, challenging

    Cons

    The pay doesn’t keep up with competitors

    Advice to Management

    Doing good job


  10. "CEO surrounded by yes men"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working, good team support at lower end of company, very little pressure to deliver work, wide range of possible projects to work on

    Cons

    New structure has lead to a bloat of middle management that consists of anyone willing to blindly agree with upper management decisions


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