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QinetiQ Overview

Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
5001 to 10000 employees
2001
Company - Public (QQ)
Aerospace & Defence
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers' needs.

Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us; because everything we ... Read more

Mission: Our strategy is based on three pillars: UK, International and Innovation

The chosen partner around the world for mission-critical solutions, innovating for our customers’ advantage

Company Updates

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  • We are hosting a webinar on 8th July 2020 to discuss how Test & Evaluation needs to be digitally modernised. Find out more and sign up for free here: http://ow.ly/4uzm50zJlvU #DigitalTransformation #TestAndEvaluation #Webinar

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QinetiQ – Why Work With Us?


We are a company of over 6,000 employees worldwide committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers'​ needs. This enables us to use our depth of experience and our unique science and engineering expertise to equip them with powerful solutions to their most pressing challenges.

We offer our customers world-class expertise in advice, services (particularly test and evaluation) and innovative technology-based products.

We deploy our scientific and technological knowledge, proven research capabilities and unique, purpose-built facilities to provide both services and products that meet the needs of a wide range of global customers. We operate primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets and our customers are predominantly government organisations, including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.

Our people are pragmatic and hugely experienced, looking always for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit and added value. They are also natural collaborators, adept at making vital connections through forging industry partnerships and harnessing the best talents within the supply chain.

We manage and operate extensive testing and evaluation capabilities for air, land, sea and target systems. We collaborate closely and responsively to give the UK Ministry of Defence, international and industry customers a competitive edge through the safe and secure conduct of operational and tactical training exercises that combine both real world and simulated events.

What We Do

We offer our customers world-class expertise in advice, services (particularly test and evaluation) and innovative technology-based products. We deploy our scientific and technological knowledge, proven research capabilities and unique, purpose-built facilities to provide both services and products that meet the needs of a wide range of global customers. We operate primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets and our customers are predominantly government organisations, including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.

Our People

QinetiQ is a company of over 6,000 people dedicated to being on the side of their customers. They are pragmatic and hugely experienced, looking always for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit and added value. They are also natural collaborators, adept at making vital connections through forging industry partnerships and harnessing the best talents within the supply chain. It is these qualities, demonstrated every day by our employees, that mean QinetiQ can be trusted as a partner to enable, assure and protect our customers' interests.

Our Facilities

QinetiQ manages and operates extensive testing and evaluation capabilities for air, land, sea and target systems. We collaborate closely and responsively to give MOD, international and industry customers a competitive edge through the safe and secure conduct of operational and tactical training exercises that combine both real world and simulated events.

As an innovative science and technology company, we solve our customers' most challenging problems.

We’re looking for the innovators and disrupters who will help define the digital future of QinetiQ and the wider world alike.

As the pace of technological advancement continues to quicken, unleashing the true potential of data becomes ever more important. You’ll be in a position to influence the changing world like never before.

Working at QinetiQ is more than just a job - many of the projects you will work on are of national importance. Everything we do is focused on defending sovereign capability, protecting lives and securing the vital interests of our customers.

Our determination to deliver and improve today, and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

 

At QinetiQ, we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market and our salary, benefit and reward scheme is designed to making sure we achieve just that. Our reward scheme also means that you can share in the company's success, as well as be rewarded for your own.

We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package to all our employees: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market.

Your Benefits - an overview

As a QinetiQ employee, we’ll give you access to a great range of Flexible Benefits and Employee Savings.

We use an external provider to host our 'Benefits+' system; the internal, online tool which makes browsing the Flexible Benefits we offer and taking advantage of the hundreds of discounts available to you, quick and easy to do. The system is accessible outside of the QinetiQ intranet, which means our employees can save money whilst shopping online at the weekends, or browse their flexible benefit options in the comfort of their own homes.

Flexible Benefits

We recognise that saving money is important to everyone; that’s why we offer our employees a range of flexible benefits which can be tailored to meet an employee’s family needs and budget. We have ensured that all of the prices offered are at a competitive rate.

The range of flexible benefits that we offer include:

  • Childcare Vouchers – this tax efficient benefit helps with the cost of childcare or after school clubs.
  • Annual Leave – want more time for you? Employees can buy up to five days more holiday a year with this benefit.
  • Health Cash Plan – go private with your healthcare and get cash back for it. The cover is far reaching, including dental, optical or even acupuncture costs.
  • Private Medical Insurance – Employees can insure themselves and their family at discount rates for PMI.
  • Health Screening – need a Health MOT? Our employees can take advantage of a comprehensive health check through a tax efficient route.
  • Dental Insurance – want to be able to manage your dental costs without having a big bill? Dental insurance offers our employees the ability to pay monthly and recover their money. Cover levels range to help employees choose a plan that suits their family’s budget.
  • Personal Accident Insurance – Accidents happen at any time. This is a 24/7 worldwide insurance which that can provide employees with a tax free lump sum should the unexpected happen.
  • Annual Travel Insurance – QinetiQ employees can get their annual travel insurance for Europe or Worldwide cover at a discount rate. Winter Sports and Volcanic Eruptions included.
  • Payroll Giving – want to do more for the community? This benefit allows our employees to donate to their favourite charity/charities each month via payroll.
  • Group Personal Pension Plan (GPP) – Pensions are one of the most important and valuable benefits available to you; all new employees are automatically enrolled into the QinetiQ GPP plan.
  • Gourmet Society – the opportunity to buy up to 4 cards that enable you (or close family and friends) to have up to 50% of meals out at selected restaurants or up to 40% off cinema tickets.

Employee Savings

Employee Savings are available to all of our employees all year round, and are a range of discounts and offers at top high street brands, on a range of products and services.

From savings such as up to 17% off at Apple to 5% off your food at Sainsbury's, the Employee Savings we offer is a quick and easy way for our employees to save money every day.

We’re dedicated to solving some of the world's most challenging problems, and the ingenuity of our 6,000 employees across the globe is core to our success. There’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ; with offices in the UK, Canada, America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, we’re quickly growing into new markets around the world.

  • Employees - 6,000+
  • Locations - 85
  • Granted patents - 1,000+

Making a difference

At QinetiQ our purpose is to “save lives, protect sovereign interests, deliver where others can’t”. This is why we exist as a company and the reason why we all get out of bed in the morning. It is well aligned with our heritage and the mission-critical markets in which we operate, in the past, now and in the future: defence, security, and critical infrastructure.

We work closely with our local communities, proactively support the Armed Forces and actively promote environmental sustainability and responsibility. Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities. Globally, we support a number of charities that are important to our people:,

Innovating for our customers’ advantage

Our people’s depth of expertise and their passion for defence and security makes the critical difference for our customers. We constantly encourage people to think and do things differently, to always look for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit. Collaborating with and learning from our world-renowned experts makes QinetiQ an exceptionally rewarding place to work; where no two days are the same.

How far do you want to go?

We understand that people want diversity from a career, so we’ve created a flexible working environment, where we offer opportunities to work on different projects and give people the freedom to innovate and try new things. We encourage our people to challenge themselves, realise their full potential and to be proud to deliver outstanding performance for our customers. The QinetiQ Academy provides opportunities for further growth, and our people are encouraged to develop technical skills and complete professional training.

What’s in it for you?

Together our people deliver for our customers, enabling us to grow our company, so it’s important that we collectively share in our success. Through our Rewarding for Performance programme, which includes an All Employee Incentive Scheme, we ensure there is a clear link between the contribution you make and the reward you receive. Our people have access to a great range of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, additional annual leave purchase, Cycle2Work, a health cash plan, discounted private medical insurance, health screening and an excellent Personal Pension Plan. Through Employee Saving, you can take advantage of benefits such as up to 50% discount on meals across a wide range of restaurants, up to 15% off high street stores and 40% off cinema tickets.

Looking after your wellbeing

Our success depends on our people, so looking after their health and wellbeing is really important. We offer advice and support including access to our Employee Assistance Programme, which is open 24-hours, 7-days a week. In addition, at many of our locations we have on-site gym and sports facilities and every winter we offer free flu jabs. After you have completed three months continuous service, you will be entitled to receive payment for periods of absence during any rolling 12 month period calculated from the first day of absence. We encourage our people to have fun together too. Through Cortex you can join your fellow local new starters. Cortex is a community for our new starters. The Cortex committees arrange a series of events and activities across our sites, all of which are designed to help you build your network and have fun.

Inspiring the next generation

As the founding member of the 5% Club, we are part of a nationwide campaign encouraging UK companies to commit to 5% of their workforce being apprentices and graduates. We also invest time and money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities to motivate and inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers.

QinetiQ Reviews

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    "Busy place, lots to do"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at QinetiQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse technical opportunities. You can broaden or deepen interests, with ability to chart your own path across projects and teams.

    Cons

    Need to find those who can help you. Can be dynamic and challenging timescales, although some critical technical work can be supported by additional hours or time off in lieu, so you can benefit from getting stuck in and making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going - make it easy to do the right thing, quickly.

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QinetiQ Photos

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QinetiQ Interviews

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    different rounds of conversations and technical tests within different disciplines. negoatiations and questions and answers in both directions. quite serious but not over the top flexible in the agenda sometimes multiple people sometimes one person in a room

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QinetiQ Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2009

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