BAE Systems USA

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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
799 Reviews
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BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule which gives employees every other Friday off is a great benefit (in 45 reviews)

  • Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonuses disappeared and are now only for upper management, another incentive gone (in 37 reviews)

  • For remote sites, recognition by senior management can also be a challenge (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Above average salary.
    2. Training classes provided.
    3. Good benefits.

    Cons

    1. Too much politics.
    2. Long, exhaustive work hours.
    3. Taking time off frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and take their ideas seriously. Employees are not paid to be strictly "yes - men" except for at BAE Systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not impressed

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    Current Employee - IT Tech
    Current Employee - IT Tech

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    a bigger company with somewhat job security

    Cons

    expensive health benefits (huge deductibles)
    horrible timekeeping portal
    training funding and opportunities are difficult to apply for, and easily denied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your staff a little more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A component and platform company aspiring to be a System Integrator?

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    Former Employee - Vice President in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in McLean, VA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    BAE Systems USA operates in several interesting sectors of the ADG sector which provides capable employees multiple avenues for growth. Some locations have deep/ evolved technical cultures that provide the potential for engineers to become state-of-the-art subject matter experts.

    Cons

    BAE is an amalgamation of multiple companies/ cultures, mostly the product of acquisitions. The leadership over the last several years has struggled to come up with a unifying culture that is "BAE" without much success; partly because the former cultures were strong and partly the result of uninspired leadership.
    Long range planning/ forecasting is a sham...numbers are forced on line management usually resulting in the need to find a "fall guy" when the forecasts don't materialize...checkout the leadership turnover in the operating companies.
    HR weakest of the several ADG companies I've worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax...pay attention to the basics. Focus on excellence, respect your customers and employees and the "culture" will emerge.
     Have the courage to be realistic about forecasting in a declining market.
    Do a better job in succession planning and executive hiring..way too many bad appointments.
    DeMuro undoing predecessor's mistakes and excesses..keep it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place For Bad Managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation/benefits - pretty much as expected with a large multinational. There are pockets/organizations that do very interesting work and collaborate well. There are opportunities around the country and the globe if you are willing to relocate - which helps if you don't like the job/manager you signed on for.

    Cons

    Within parts of the business, there is little room for advancement. Many organizations "protect their silos," and "unfunded mandates" rule the water-cooler chatter. A big problem is unaccountable managers in some locations - lots of CYA and very little forward thinking. In several years with the company and through several managers I rarely heard "What do YOU think?" and never heard from a senior manager "How can I help?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management's function should be to remove barriers and facilitate employees getting their work done - not create barriers. If a manager can't figure that out, don't keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boys Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mayport, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mayport, FL

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Checks always on time. Was good about getting the tools needed for the job.

    Cons

    Was not a very woman friendly place to work for the paid by hour employees. Women if you go to work there an stick it out you will move up however it is very hard. People would get hired in with no experience an make more than the people who had been with the company for years an when you report it to ethics be ready they will find a reason to fire you.They say they are a very honest company but are far from it. If you are one of the people they have fired an was told you can come back to work in 1 year, you might as well move on an never plan to return,even if your managers liked your work an no matter how skilled you are. HR will make sure you do not return. Safety is a joke they tell you they are big on safety but it is a front they really don't care if someone gets hurt just if they can get sued for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Women need to be taught to do same job as guys an not be treated like maids, if we wanted to be maids there are companies like Molly Maids. Bathrooms for the hourly women need upgraded an vending machines put in for personal items for them. Everyone has friends an favorites but the Good Ole Boy system will make the company fail,pay attention to the employees that have been taking care of your company without them your job is not needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    When the contracts were awarded, work was good. Positions held by people lacking credentials or education background.

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    Former Employee - Technical Illustrator in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Illustrator in Warren, MI

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with for the most part. OK benefits. Enjoyed the work environment and location.

    Cons

    Bare minimum compensation for positive reviews and work productivity. Actually was insulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees. Management seemed to have high praises for quality employees yet rewarded with paltry raises..... Insulting to a point.
    OK benefits but seems more and more are disappearing or the cost is being deducted from the employees earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - All-Source Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - All-Source Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and that's about it

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, need to be in the "good ol boy" club to move up and clearly favoritism with project managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ignoring talent and tolerating mediocrity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very intelligent people work here and nearly all of your co-workers are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Corporate culture of fear is pervasive. The leadership tolerates poor work performance by employees by simply moving them to another contract, but will punish people for minor infractions of policy. Policy is often unwritten and punishment is sometimes unorthodox (i.e. Suspending an employee's travel card while on travel). Policy is sometimes made up on the fly and put into immediate effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stressing a project's profitability over the quality of the product or service supplied and perhaps you will get delivery orders. Middle management seems to be a penny wise, but dollar foolish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I thought I would retire from there. But in my surprise,it just did'nt work out.

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    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Mobile, AL

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There checks were on time & did'nt bounce.

    Cons

    To much favortism. For instance two guys doing the same trade, one gets 30 hrs. the other gets 78 hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need new management. They say they don't hire relatives, They are all related.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Burnt out after only 1.5 years..............

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company with lots of locations

    Cons

    High stress, lots of employee issues, theft, workplace violence and a management team that has no authority to fix it or would rather turn a blind eye. Benefits are just okay for such a large company. Moving up in pay is very difficult and they lock you into the minimum of the pay range and it takes forever to move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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