QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers who are committed to listening, understanding and responding to their customers' needs. Using their wide range of experience, unique science and engineering expertise, they’re equipped to face even the most processing challenges they face, coming up with innovative solutions to any problem.
The company offer world class expertise in advice services, which are mainly test and evaluation and innovative technology based products. They deploy scientific and technological knowledge, research capabilities and unique, purpose built facilities to provide service and products that meet a variety of needs. Working primarily within the defence, security and aerospace markets, their customers are generally government organisations, from defence departments to international clients.
QinetiQ employs around 10,000 people and has a total revenue of £5 billion per year. Their name actually comes from the word ‘kinetic’, which relates to things in motion (the Greek word ‘kinetikos’ means ‘to move’, which is the root of the modern word). The company aims to live by this name, bringing together people that are energetic and focussed on progressing forward.
At QinetiQ you are able to work within a fast paced environment, with friendly colleagues. Employees have also noted that it’s exciting to be able to learn each day from world leading technical experts in their fields. Staff are also able to easily progress within the company and deserved pay rises are common. Employees additionally feel that the work they do is meaningful and makes a difference in the world.
Upon induction, the business provide a very comprehensive training package which is very transparent, and employees are encouraged to use this to their advantage. Constant training is also offered throughout your journey at QinetiQ, as staff retention is incredibly important to the company.
Other benefits of working for QinetiQ include flexible hours, and an onsite gym to use at your leisure. The holiday allowance is generous, though QinetiQ also offer the ability to buy more annual leave if required.
Another great thing about working for QinetiQ is that their employees feel that help is always forthcoming. Whenever needed, everyone is happy to help. The various departments often work together to find a solution, and ideas are always encouraged, no matter what role you’re working in.
In terms of experience needed to work for QinetiQ, with such a diverse range of roles available, you don’t need to have specific experience in a particular area to apply. The company’s apprenticeship programme offers incredible opportunities across science, business and technology, and their graduate programme give graduates access to a huge number of rotational placements, unique facilities, and a strong support network to help develop their career.
QinetiQ encourage young people to apply for roles within the company, as they’ve found young minds can be the most creative. In 2019, young apprentices from the business entered into the World Skills UK contest, competing against more than 500 students and apprentices over 70 different disciplines. Their faith in their young employees paid off, as they won a gold and silver award within the Aeronautical Engineering: Avionic category.