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34 English questions out of 34

2 November 2020

Does Defence Science and Technology Laboratory offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

The work is amongst the most interesting I have ever done and is unique to the science and engineering sectors. Flexi time is a much liked perk to work along with what is currently a very strong pension

Cons

Progression prospects and pay is lagging behind industry and now looks very unappealing to prospective recruits. Things will need to change fast to retain and attract the best

Advice to Management

Update pay and progression prospects and support to you get staff

Flexi time is a much liked perk to work along with what is currently a very strong pension

2 November 2020

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7 May 2020

Does Defence Science and Technology Laboratory offer massages?

Pros

- relaxed work environment (flexi-hours was an awesome bonus) - friendly coworkers, was never made to feel lesser for being an intern and given plenty of support - given a decent amount of responsibility, and got to do interesting work for the most part - good overtime pay - was offered opportunity for extension to internship

Cons

- work enviroment skews older, which influences the culture - think ale at the traditional pub down the road rather than drinks at a fancy bar - in a pretty remote location - fair bit of beurocracy - the pace can be a little too slow at times

think ale at the traditional pub down the road rather than drinks at a fancy bar

7 May 2020

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5 May 2021

Does Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have a pension plan?

Pros

Interesting work, some nice people

Cons

Ever widening pay gap with the rest of the MOD and the Civil Service, effectively a yearly pay cut, erosion of pension and benefits, pressure to do work in personal time, tone deaf strategic leadership, continual change programmes, inadequate IT, no consequences for bullies.

Advice to Management

Stop trying to fool and quieten your employees. We may not leave, but we will not be quiet about the injustice.

Ever widening pay gap with the rest of the MOD and the Civil Service, effectively a yearly pay cut, erosion of pension and benefits, pressure to do work in personal time, tone deaf strategic leadership, continual change programmes, inadequate IT, no consequences for bullies.

5 May 2021

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6 November 2020

Does Defence Science and Technology Laboratory offer parental leave?

Pros

There are some really great people at Dstl and I have made some true friends working here. The flexi time and leave benefits are one of the few reasons I stay, I don’t think I could match it elsewhere.

Cons

Incompetent management from level 7 up. Team leaders try to protect their teams from the politics and back stabbing but we’re not stupid. There is one particular Group Leader who of any common sense she is harming her group with her attitude and has already lost good people. There is no direction, I have no idea what we’re trying to achieve and often feel that we just do things for the sake of doing them.

Advice to Management

Stop making your Team leaders work so hard to keep everything together. Take a look at yourselves and ask what are you doing to improve the business and your people instead of just yourself.

The flexi time and leave benefits are one of the few reasons I stay, I don’t think I could match it elsewhere.

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18 June 2021

How are the career development opportunities at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory?

Pros

The only reason to work at Dstl is if you’ve developed a particular speciality that you can’t do anywhere else and you want to work in the public sector

Cons

Absolutely abysmal pay, management spent a year trying to negotiate a pay deal that would have still left us miles behind the rest of the MOD and then just gave up. There is no real career progression and management have acknowledged the system doesn’t work yet has no plan to improve it. Many of the younger staff have left us because they can do very similar work elsewhere and for better pay and don’t see a future with Dstl leaving the more experienced staff overworked.

Advice to Management

If Dstl is serious about having a future it needs to undergo some serious restructuring to address the issues repeatedly raised by staff. An S&T organisation that can’t retain younger members of staff has no future.

There is no real career progression and management have acknowledged the system doesn’t work yet has no plan to improve it.

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