Defence Support Group (DSG) Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Sales account Manager

    May 9, 2018 - Sales Account Manager in Telford, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good terms and conditions Interesting work Flexi time Good Leave entitlement

    Cons

    Poor senior management Some Senior Management very aggressive Lots of uncertainty over future Lack of vision from Senior Management Civil Service Rules and union meant that poor workers could not be held to account

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Decline of Bovington

    Jul 14, 2022 - Vehicle Technician in Bovington Camp, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Four day week, holiday and pension

    Cons

    The decline started when DARA management took over, making pipes, machine shop and in house electrical repairs were considered old fashioned and phased out. The MOD gave extra profitable work to boost sale price . Managers joked how the borrowed hours from next year to meet targets. The voluntary redundancy scheme stripped it of numbers and experience. Babcock is the final nail in the coffin, it has only made profit one year since sale. They cleared out expensive experienced managers and replaced with cheaper clueless yes men. Site managers rarely lasted a year as made scapegoats by board. Each year parts became scarcer due to not enough liquid cash generated , rumours that this money diverted to prop up business. Ran out of nitrogen bottles, air con gas and waste oils, wastewater not collect due to late bill payment five times one year! Service contract for air con machines cancelled so when they went past service date you had to wait weeks for management to arrange someone to be booked in

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Multi-skilled engineer

    Apr 14, 2019 - Electronics Engineer in Telford, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good civil service pension scheme. Flexible working conditions.

    Cons

    70's style working conditions and Unite Union had a Curry and Chips style attitude with Asian and black workers ie management and Union was racist.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Armourer

    Dec 19, 2017 - Armourer in Lyneham, England
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    Pros

    Certain amount of autonomy, self employed contractor so wage was good.

    Cons

    Management were clueless. Bought out by Babcock.

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Disorganised

    Nov 28, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people at a working level are great, civil service pension, holidays and flexi having transferred from DSG. New starters won't get this.

    Cons

    Taken over by Babcock earlier this year - considering Babcock are a ftse100 company they are extremely disorganised, no clear vision of where there want to take DSG, no clear vision of what they want to achieve or how they will integrate DSG with the rest of Babcock. They just seem to lurch from one issue to another

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    DSG IT

    Aug 11, 2015 - IT Desktop Support Technician in Andover, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great company, good training ethic and great people.

    Cons

    Recently bought by Babcock who are the worst company I have ever worked for.

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Good work life balance, excellent flexi time, typical civil service

    Mar 29, 2015 - Repair Manager in Telford, England
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    Pros

    Flexi time, close to home, no real pressure, civil service benefits

    Cons

    Inadequate and inexperienced management, civil service bureaucracy, no motivation, lack of opportunity for advancement/promotion

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Working in the Defence Support Group

    Mar 27, 2015 - Operational Manager 
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    Pros

    Hours, flexibility, staff are friendly, work relatively easy, very close to home, minimal out of hours expectations, technical requirements, easy job, flexi hours

    Cons

    Pay, some management in post too long and have obvious favorites, difficult to break in to the inner circle, a lot of 'we always do it this way'. Reluctance to appreciate skill sets and enhance. Only view is money and task, little thought for staff.

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great company to work for years ago. but now are a joke

    Oct 23, 2014 - Fitter in Stirling, Scotland
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    Pros

    Good terms and conditions. example working flexi. great if you have a young family. good pension. I personally was deployed as a civi to campbastion supporting our boys on front line. one of the best thing's I have ever done !. it was great working along side the military. you realise how professional and well trained these people are. I am very proud to say I worked along side them.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge's working within dsg I can only speak about the site I work in. most of the management have only ever worked for the mod and as far as I am concerned don't have a clue. the military encourage ideas. any you make to dsg falls on deaf ears because its to much hassle to put them forward and they are investers in people but invest as little training as they can for boys on shopfloor who are the bread and butter for the company.

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