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QinetiQ Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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  • "Incompetent middle management where the Peter principal is rife: how can the people who" (in 19 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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    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. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Salisbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative, people oriented company, with great progression.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Keep Going

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QinetiQ full-time

    Pros

    Good attention from management, allowed autonomy to work on projects.

    Cons

    Still public sector mindset in places.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting company just needs focus"

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    Current Employee - Server Engineer in Malvern, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Server Engineer in Malvern, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, clever people

    Cons

    poor structure, poor pay rises

    Advice to Management

    focus on staff

    QinetiQ Response

    Sep 27, 2018 – Group Resourcing Partner

    It is good to hear that you are managing to get a good work life balance and it sounds like you work with some interesting teams. We are working hard to listen more to all of our employees through... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Could be so good"

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

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

    Pros

    Variety of work.
    Some really clever and great people to work with.
    Could produce some really clever and cool kit.

    Cons

    So much management.
    So much policy.
    So much process.
    So many hoops to jump through to do even the simplest thing.
    New Minimum Working Environment is really very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Listen as well as you can hear. All the middle layers of management are distorting the message from the staff at the foundations of the company.

    QinetiQ Response

    Sep 27, 2018 – Group Resourcing Partner

    Thanks for such candid comments, you describe what many others feel in terms of a changing organisation that needs to streamline many of its policies and processes. We are trying to do this as... More


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