BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews in London, England

Updated Jul 24, 2014

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2.9 64 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Managing Director Martin Sutherland

Martin Sutherland

(12 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working, good work/life balance and opportunities to travel(in 20 reviews)

  • Interesting work and the opportunity to work with some really top quality people(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Very poor communication between workforce and senior management(in 16 reviews)

  • Work / life balance is hit and miss - depending on the area / sector you work in(in 8 reviews)

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    Slowly being squeezed into the mold of a mediocre company by BAE & senior management

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood benefits (although these are being/have been eroded), good work life balance if you are in the right area, some great people to work with (although many of these people are fed up and leaving), very interesting clients and work if you can get it.

    ConsVery poor communication between workforce and senior management. Company will force graduates into roles entirely unsuited to their skill set (a chemistry Ph.D. ended up doing manual testing of the "click button A, click button B" variety, for example) and most are too naive to leave. Don't believe the lies, the role of your dreams is not coming, I saw it happen much too often to friends I joined with and people who joined after me.

    The company is currently outsourcing a lot of the workforce to Malaysia, which with a seven-hour time difference, language barriers, and lower skill levels required (they seemed to focus on creating the required headcount rather than recruiting experienced professionals when they stood up the delivery centre) so a lot of work for people there now is just managing the constant problems caused by the people the work is being outsourced to. Not very satisfying work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust admit to people that you're butchering the company, throwing away most of the interesting work, and shipping the prime cuts offshore and to BAE. Then let people choose who they want to work for without all the FUD.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I have had great opportunities. Company is at turning point

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat work and intelligent colleagues, chance to make a real difference

    ConsInternal communications need to improve further, particularly around performance reviews and corporate direction

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    Worst company I've ever worked for after 15 years in IT.

    Anonymous (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLots of opportunities and talented individuals to work along side. The Detica brand is well recognised. Interesting and complex projects to work on. Leadership team have made an effort this year to meet employees and even had the opportunity to meet the CEO.

    ConsManagement heavy and not enough mid and lower grades to deliver the projects.
    Appraisal process is constantly being changed every year and pretty poor compared to other organisations I've worked for and still not fit for purpose.
    Lack of decent bonus
    Long hours and unrealistic timescales
    Lots of resignations and loss of talent to competitors
    Business units fighting over scarce resources with projects and employees suffering
    Lack of understanding of technical roles and the importance of each
    Significant reliance on contractors to deliver projects resulting in project mobilisation delays
    Constant pressure to charge 100% of time to billable work, even dropping 1 hour is frowned upon and expected to be done 'within the margins'.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat employees like pieces of meat and treat them as individuals. Every employee has a key part to play in growing the business.
    Listen to career aspirations instead of trying to generate more fees and making false promises
    Get rid of the 'excess fat' within senior management, especially those adding no value
    Re-align your employees into a single resource pool instead of ring fencing to business units.
    Sort out the review process so that it's done by practice
    Stop blaming the employees for the company's failings and immaturity
    Finally look after your most valuable asset (employees) and stop bean counting before it's too late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very bright and enthusiastic people, although business consulting is more of an add on to technology delivery.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people, a really open culture where everyone is willing to go the extra mile.
    Good work / life balance.
    Some interesting projects and really stimulating work.

    ConsPay & bonus review is pretty poor.
    Very poor comms from senior management.
    Individuals (especially juniors) are often put on projects that don't tie in with their long term goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag

    Consultant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsInteresting work and the opportunity to work with some really top quality people.

    ConsUpper management have problems engaging/convincing staff that they have their best interests at heart - the gradual reduction of fringe benefits doesn't sit well in general

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsExciting projects depending on what client you are assigned.

    ConsPolitics and Old Boys Club. If you are not in your career opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten out your management structure to provide new blood the opportunities.

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    Great opportunities and an excellent working environment

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsDecent pay and excellent benefits. Good work-life balance on the whole. Excellent travel prospects.
    Very intelligent, driven people who enjoy the interesting work on offer and are willing to pass on their experience.
    Always people up for going for a beer after work.

    ConsIf you want to go far you will sometimes have to put the hours in to be seen because as mentioned above the people here enjoy their work and are driven to learn the products and technologies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReign in some of the silly expenses that get charged, but free up others such as business class travel on long haul flights!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learnt a lot, frustrating organisation.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsQuality of employees is generally high

    ConsPenny pinching, process-heavy, old boys club

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop changing the brand/strategy/organisation every two years

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Functional staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsMasses of information, easilly accessible and well thought out
    Very friendly staff
    No hierarchy
    Management choose to sit with the business so they are visible
    Free fruit and kit kats!
    Great team spirit and socials
    Collaborate working
    Genuinely care about the employees and their preferences for work
    Recruit very talented and bright people
    Good work/life balance
    Interesting and varied work
    Good opportunities
    Very flexible and family friendly

    ConsBonuses are low - but base salaries are fine; pension contribution could be slightly better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ruined by the acquisition

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros-Intelligent people, although the calibre generally reduces the newer the staff member
    -Work life balance is generally okay
    -You can get on interesting projects as long as you end up in the right part of the company and know the right people

    Cons-Too much politics around roles and promotions
    -Lack of proper direction from senior management
    -Business rules are applied inconsistently (e.g. between promotion candidates, expectations of what a job role should do vs what is stated)
    -Lots of red tape that is difficult to wade through, even for small tasks
    -Attrition is high, with a lot of the good people leaving
    -The direction of the company has changed from a small, high end consultancy competing through quality

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pretending that the growth strategy can still support hiring the best individuals and competing on quality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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