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Consisting of a balance of a range of New to the industry to experienced long term Engineers. Enthusiastic, dedicated and conscientious people to work with. I would consider returning if as and when conditions permit.
Varied and challenging work
COVID Stopped play
A company with some issues. The work was interesting and enjoyable but unfortunatley the middle management seem to made up of those who had been there for time instead of there on merit. Large egos and personalities inplace of competence. Poor salaries also means you get what you pay for.
Always a lot going on and plenty to keep you busy. It can be frustrating in some roles where overstretch is persistent. Collaboration is strong and a team ethos is prevalent even between the different teams where everyone wants to aid successful delivery of projects.
A great learning to address 10 stages in technology readiness level from idea to commercial product. Hands on experience to validate ideation, incubation and production through innovation and collaboration. Alignment of organisational capability (product and people) together with customers and partners in a very effective way to create a sustainable business model.
Management was shocking and disappointing. Several mangers were bullies and made several people leave. High level managers were clueless in their approach to managing teams. Staff are very closed and non friendly and don't like critical comments.
I tend to start early every day, and because I do this others tend to copy. I find that being able to lead from the front with an activity like this means I have rapport with my staff. Every day we have a stand up and review the previous day and what went well and what did not, we offer help to anybody that needs it then when everybody agrees the days tasks we proceed to enjoy the day by delivering the set objectives. We do not micro manage. On Mondays other stakeholders are invited to come. The workplace has deliverables daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly. These are tabulated and agreed with the team and the appropriate tasks are handed out. These are part of the drumbeat daily etc etc. My team covers bidding against new opportunities to the delivering and all aspects in between. Communication is a must and find that weekly telecoms with our customers puts us in a position that there are "No Surprises". The team are able to cover for leave and short bouts of sickness as and when this happens as we try to multitask our skill set, we also try to have some depth regarding succession planning and the team also take on the added duty of mentoring and coaching other staff in the business. This is a culture within QinetiQ and our department contributes to this to make sure we can understand others skills within the business that we may be able to draw down on should this be necessary. This has mutual benefits The question was what is the hardest part of the job, this aligns with the most rewarding. I find managing people and bringing out the best in them is - more...
I was employed as a temp for 2 - 4 weeks but ended up working there for 16 weeks hoping that a permanent position would become available. Unfortunately there wasn't a suitable role for me in the longterm though I was told I was unable to apply for one position that did arise since I was not an employer of the company but of the temp agency.
Lots of flag waving, however no substance in the middle management application of its own policies. Not a place for accepting newcomers. As a veteran felt like a complete outsider and after 2 years had enough, even resignation not acknowledged!