1. "Low pay high job satisfaction"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to work on things that now one else will let you do

    Cons

    the pay is far below industry and government standard

  1. "Fascinating work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Salisbury, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for more than 10 years

    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

  2. "Being at the heart of S&T"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    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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