Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Employee Reviews about "civil service"

Updated Oct 15, 2021

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Pros
  • "Flexible working time and interesting work(in 54 reviews)

  • "Unique opportunities and flexible working(in 51 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Dstl doesn't do research in the traditional academic sense(in 32 reviews)

  • "Salaries are well below civil service equivalents(in 29 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Found myself in Defence by accident

      Sep 10, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Portsmouth, England
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      Pros

      Dstl is a great place to work, with brilliant people and some very considerate work/life considerations. Some interesting subjects to work on and if you are in the right place choice to give some variety.

      Cons

      Pay: It's not bad once you are on a decent level but far below what is available externally, It was at the lowest end of the spectrum of manageable but I was looking for stability and that is something civil service does offer. Plenty of grads here or retirees, tend not to have many mid-profession (as they pay and the pay rises can be a joke)

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      If you're young then look to industry for better quality work, pay, and conditions.

      Oct 15, 2021 - Research Engineer in Portsmouth, England
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      Pros

      Not sure about what to put in here!

      Cons

      The well-below average pay. Lots of skilled people have jumped ship. Dstl cannot compete with industry on any level - work, pay, or conditions. No tangible career to speak of for new folk coming in. It's a "job", that is all. People join Dstl under the mistaken belief that they are going to carry out cutting-edge science and research. However, the reality is so very far removed from what they sell in the job advertisements. Sorry. A lot of non-jobs (badged up as "research"). Weaker civil-service pension in the past few years.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good place to work

      Apr 5, 2021 - Engineer 
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      Pros

      Laid back environment, with good benefits.

      Cons

      Pay is much worse than equivalent roles in civil service

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Interesting work, good people, poor salaries

      Jan 28, 2021 - Senior Principal Analyst in Fareham, England
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      Pros

      Wide range of interesting work.

      Cons

      Salaries are well below civil service equivalents

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work and make a difference

      Jan 30, 2021 - Civil Servant in Salisbury, England
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      Pros

      Flexible working, diversity is embraced, managers are respectful of work life balance, and it's interesting and exciting work.

      Cons

      Civil service pay freezes mean salaries can't always rise with inflation

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    6. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 10 years

      Fascinating work

      Jan 16, 2021 - Project Manager in Salisbury, England
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      Pros

      The people, the work, fair treatment

      Cons

      Lots of bureaucracy, but it’s the civil service and you’re spending public money, so far enough

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Being at the heart of S&T

      Dec 30, 2020 - Principal Scientist in Portsmouth, England
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      Pros

      Ability to work with the entire supply chain and to set the direction of UK Science and Technology, and to work on truly world-class research with UK Partner Nations. Work/Life balance can be great and is really led by your approach; whichever works for the individual.

      Cons

      Headcount restrictions due to being civil service, and lack of people with appropriate skill set in certain areas (like mine) leads to quite a lot of pressure at times; but this is true for the entire UK supply base (including both industry and academia). Regarding diversity, at times it can feel like Dstl is not diverse, however I fundamentally believe it is inclusive workplace and is a place anyone can be themselves; I believe the diversity is more tied to the fact that unfortunately this field in it's entirety is not particularly diverse and this is something that the entire defence and STEM community should be (and is) looking to encourage more people at all levels of education/career that STEM is an area that may be of interest to them.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Underpaid

      Nov 19, 2020 - Research Scientist in Sevenoaks, England
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      Pros

      Flexi time that is all

      Cons

      Massively underpaid to both other areas of civil service and research industry

      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Very good place to work

      Oct 4, 2020 - Senior Engineer in Southampton, England
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      Pros

      Lots of very interesting work. Employees can constantly go in and out of different specialities. Very very flexible. Promotions are based purely on employee's competency rather than waiting for a 'post' to open up.

      Cons

      Pay ! Even among the Civil Service, pay is a few thousand lower than other equivalent CS departments.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Exciting work you just can't do anywhere else

      Sep 22, 2020 - Programmer Director in Salisbury, England
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      Pros

      Very supportive of staff and career development is well supported Work is novel and genuinely unique

      Cons

      Civil Service salary approach means pay rises are hard to come by once in role

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