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“Exciting and important work, but not gret treatment from senior management”

Dstl's work is of vital importance to the nations security and its exciting to work in such an atmosphere. You get to meet a lot of interesting people, and important people as well. Good opportunities for networking, and learning. Surprisingly good work life balance. Good training provided to new staff.

The management can often be very overbearing. Theyre not always consistent with their policies and directives. Sometimes the management fails to recognise that the back end staff are the ones doing all the important work.

The experience of working for national security.

“Getting the right manager is key.”

Pros: If you work in the right department under a proper manager, then working here is really great. There aren’t any issues with taking leave and flexi-hours are possible if needed.

Cons: Getting the wrong manager will make your working life hell. Some of the “leaders” are only interested in pursuing their own agendas and they could care less about the employees. Unfortunately this also leads to few promotions, few salary increases and just about no recognition whatsoever for work well done. A lot of employees have adopted the “can’t beat them, must join them” unwritten rule. This is truly bad for business.

Unusual thing: Some managers still stick up for what’s right, no matter what the majority thinks.

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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government. It starts from the presumption that work should be conducted by external suppliers unless there is a clear reason for it to be done or led by Dstl. At present, around sixty percent of the approximately £400 million Defence Science and Technology Programme, managed through Dstl, goes to industry and academia to deliver. Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field.