I just dipped my toe into pvp and was killed a lot whereas vets just seemed to take damage and barely have their shields hit yellow. I've gone from levelling and pve so have a balanced skill set not space combat all the way, and have decent consoles mk11 rare+, and decent weapons mk12 borg. I realise a science ship is not the best platform, I like the holding abilities.
My shields are at about 15000( Maco with consoles) and I was running 2 parts of the borg set.
In the second game some guys just sat there and it became 3 vs 5, including noob me - total whitewash.