BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
725 Reviews

3.3
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BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro
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Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule which gives employees every other Friday off is a great benefit (in 41 reviews)

  • Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Some instability in upper management; I had 3 managers over the duration of about two years (in 35 reviews)

  • no middle management, upper management out of touch, short-sighted policies (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    very rediculous company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    in san jose and big office

    Cons

    too much beauracharcy. people are very isolated and strange... defensive in a defense industry?

  2.  

    Advancement opportunities are only available to some

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Generous salary and benefits, relatively speaking.

    Cons

    Past culture of promoting employees based on years of service has created a legacy group of overpaid and underqualified workers. Some of their 20+ year employees draw paychecks that far exceed their contribution, but they seem to have a job for life. Some managers are very good, others (again, with many years of service) fumble along making one bad decision after another, just counting down toward retirement. At the other end of the spectrum, young college recruits in the leadership development programs have phenomenal opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, mid-career employees have relatively few opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a more objective performance rating system, and take a minute to re-evaluate production employees in labor grades 48-52. You will find many so-called "Engineering Assistants" making $30/hr for doing the same work with the same ability as an assembler at less than half the rate.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but management couldn't care less

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's a big company, so there are opportunities to move laterally and expand your knowledge base.

    Cons

    The company instituted big pay cuts this year, and simultaneously advised they were doing away with bonuses, promotions, and pay raises for the near future. Managers keep disappearing (fired or quit) and are not replaced, morale is dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some of your profits into taking care of your people. Streamline the bureaucratic processes that marginalize your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Typical Big Defense Contractor

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    BAE is large and there is the potential to work on interesting and important projects. In addition they have a full suite of benefits and a large catalog of internal career enhancement training courses. Granted the benefits (especially) health care seem to get worse each year, but I think that may be industry wide due to the economy and the political turmoil surround that topic.

    Cons

    BAE is large and thus they treat their employees like any other large bureaucracy: You're just a number. .

    On the project side you combine the bureaucracy of a large company with the bureaucracy of your main customer (US gov't) and you end up wasting a lot of time doing low value busy work.

    Finally, the group I was in had some of the worst line level management I've ever experienced in my entire career. Almost all of them were good workers who were promoted above there level of competence. It seems personality and leadership ability were not considered important at this low level. I would doubt and hope this was not the case company wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BAE should be careful that they consider personality and leadership skills even at the lowest level of management. Otherwise, you end up losing good people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Job growth in the Rancho Bernardo location is very slow

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, competitive salary. Closed during Christmas while paid for those days off. The company is flexible in terms of taking vacation days.

    Cons

    No innovation at BAE. You will simply write the software that you are told to. There is no room for creating new products or prototyping new ideas.

    Depending on who you work for it can be a good or bad experience. Some projects exists in a secured area so the use of Open Source is not allowed. No Internet or cell phones allowed either. With the government as the primary customer things move more slowly than your average commercial company. Use of state of the art technology is always behind that of commercial companies. Some people don't mind though and will stay with BAE for a lifetime to receive a salary and benefits.

    When I worked at BAE I felt my software skills getting old. It was time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The execute team could promote operating goals for all employees to live by. Allow employees to review the managers. That's something that doesn't exist and really should exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No reward for hardworking, innovative, changing Generation Y

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    Former Employee - Technical Intern  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Nashua, NH

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay was good when I was there. Upper management was also at least trying to formally gain feedback from employees in order to get on the "Great Place to Work" list.

    Cons

    Their values are not people-centric. You can still make an excellent profit with focusing on the benefit to people - employees, customers, everyone. While their model worked for them and many great companies in the past, BAE is not innovating fast enough in terms of their business, culture, and targeted markets.

    I interned with this company the summer right after high school and had an excellent time. I was invited back to work for the same manager the next summer. I hope I am not coming off too resentful, but this is coming from a person who was fired as an intern the exact day after I scheduled a sit-down with my manager to discuss branching out and using my time if I finished work early to dabble in different departments that were more applicable to my major. He brought me in the next day on a Friday and said that they found someone else to complete the work I was assigned. I actually knew other people in the company that knew my work ethic and they found me another position mid-summer, but this previous manager closed out my badge (even though he said he would keep it open for the summer in case I did end up finding another position) so the HR process would have taken too long before I had to go back to college. It's just disappointing and that should never happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    An OK company with plenty of opportunities for improvement and potential for greatness.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    The employees are highly skilled, very talented, and yet remain down to earth making for great people to work with. The group is tightly knit and works hard to achieve the mission. Local managment are great and completely supportive of the group keeping it together through the many ups and downs of the industry. The group is productive and loves what they do.

    Cons

    The organization is a network of sites that are like patches needed to form a quilt. The task of integrating these patches to form the quilt remains unfinished. Many discontinuities exists leaving a piece-wise organization in place. Organizational assimilation and integration of the many smaller companies acquired that form BAE is blatantly lacking. Evidence of a plan for assimilation and integration to accompany the mass acquistion growth strategy adopted by the company is not available or apparent. The resulting and growing gap presents itself in disconnects between company sites, executives/upper managment and site management, and the workforce as a whole. Poor or lack of communication throughout the hierachy abounds creating poor executive and upper management insight into overall operations and the workforce, underperformance, poor or lack of true/active executive support for programs, disparity of business process, token quality control or quality assurance, a distrust of leadership in general, a culture of "every man for himself", and job ambiguity coupled with compensatory inequity. Reorganizations, restructuring, and attrition are rampant and routine here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunity and potential for greatness abound just as much as the cons mentioned above. In order to realize the vision of maturation into the industry leader in aerospace and defense or viewed as a most desirable place to work the company must act on the opportunity and potential. Small changes over time make a significant difference. Here is some advice:

    1. Assimilate and integrate the business to achieve synergies, scales, and efficiencies.

    2. Take an executive interest in the workforce and invest in it- active employee development, career tracks, unbiased and equitable compensation schemes (not the current gamed/company defined compensation curves/indices), active support of programs and efforts directed towards efforts that will enhance profitability.

    3. Stop feeding company propaganda and feel good pep talks to the workforce. Instead show the workforce the company cares about retention and future growth by feeding investment $$ to the workforce.

    The returns on taking these actions and making such investments in the company and its workforce in the form of capabilities, competencies, stainable competitive advantages, a truly engaged workforce and most importantly more business and larger profit margins are invaluable and will propel the company onward and upward towards being the world class aerospace and defense company it has a vision to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings about my time at BAE

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college, and I had a lot of co-workers go above and beyond to get me up to speed and show me the ropes. The 9/80 work schedule is fantastic. Full 401k match. I enjoyed working in Liberty Station.

    Cons

    Uninspiring work that rarely required any innovation. The 1990's called and want their technology back. Over the 5 years I worked there, a significant amount of work was scrapped or put on hold due to contract losses or failure to acquire a contract. Would often go long stretches without writing code. Poor medical benefits.

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

    Not a good place to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work to do. No micro management.

    Cons

    They are looking for any reason to lay people off or get rid of them. Yet they are so top heavy with so many directors and VPs that have no clue about the actual work that needs to be done. They continue to delegate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of excess directors and VPs. Need more people who do the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was good, but deteriorating as technical workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    It's a big firm with lots of different types of opportunities - but taking advantage of those may involve relocation. Focus is mostly on hardware (e.g., building radios, refurbishing vehicles) rather than software (developing or integrating applications).

    Cons

    Middle and upper management do not understand that managing software development and contracts is different than hardware.
    Increasing pressure to cut overhead lead to significant outflow of technical capabilities and knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Software engineering needs a different business model than IT O&M support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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