BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great internship

    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Good culture and rapid growth

    Cons

    Slower pace of work than other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing good things

  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Still above average, just about.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities if you're a good cultural fit. If you want to get noticed and climb the corporate ladder it's a relatively easy environment to do it in. Mostly interesting work and pay/rewards are ok if you stick around. Nice working environment and mostly interesting and committed colleagues to work with. Recent management initiatives to improve how we manage and grow our staff are a positive sign.

    Cons

    Reductions in new starter packages and erosion of benefits have hit our ability to attract top-end recruits. Focus on costs has taken away many of the things that made people stay. High attrition in some areas makes delivery stressful and limits opportunities to do anything but core delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Letting Marketing (and to a lesser extent HR) become so influential was a damaging mistake. Trust your fee earning staff, not some nonsense-spouting marketing exec that'd never heard of us.

    Make your staff feel appreciated again. What happened to the fancy black tie nights, the family days, the 'thank you' bottles of champagne? I used to work long hours because, well, you and me, we cared about each other. Now I go home at 5.30.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Both rewarding and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Depl Head in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Depl Head in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Incredibly interesting market sector; a genuinely exciting space to working in. Work is rewarding and there is lots of scope for helping to shape and develop strategy and direction in my area. People are clever, articulate and very driven as well as passionate about the work they do.

    Cons

    Could do more to increase brand presence and awareness in the market sector. Would like to see more collaboration generally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Change is good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The most positive thing about working here, is the people you work with (n.b. I won't mention the KitKats in case the board are reading - it's a sore point with them, but really well received by the worker bees downstairs - so thanks to the board for bringing those back - if you could also return the fizzy drinks, hot chocolate and biscuits too, the web devs and coders will also get back on board!)

    Obviously - it's a normal company, you're going to get people that irritate you and ones you really enjoy working with. I have managed to find more than my fair share of sensible-heads that don't take themselves too seriously, are passionate about their work and are smart and talented. The male/female split is also not as bad as I would have expected in this type of company.

    The second best thing about working here is the work that we do, again - there are some boring/annoying parts, as with any job and some of the technology we have to use internally is pretty dated, but there finally seems to be some (long overdue) investment in the IT infrastucture and in keeping the (good) people that work here progressing and at least satisfied, if not happy/evangelical about the place.

    I have read some of the other comments on here and they seem a bit grumbly. I have no complaints about promotion, remuneration or progression. The help is there if you ask for it. The review process is sensible, as is the scoring. I wasn't promoted when I expected to be one year asked the right questions, listened to feedback and made it happen the following year. I like my job, I like the people I work with and I like the work that we do.

    As a side note, there have been some recent key appointments that seem to indicate a change in mindset from legacy 'Detica' - small niche consultancy developing and delivering bespoke products and services, to a more aspirational version of a big player. Recent big wins have demonstrated the same and if played the right way, the future looks pretty positive.

    Cons

    Not everyone likes/can keep up with change, there are still a few heritage 'Detica' graduates (done good) who have made it close to the top of the tree, that seem to be resisting the inevitable and trying to run the company "like we've always done", which does more harm than good. The phrase "you need to speculate to accumulate" springs to mind here and trying to make sensible business decisions by looking at data in rows of cells on spreadsheets is not the way to do it.
    The culture of the company seems to have got a little bit lost with the rapid growth and recent turn over and there are a lot of people still smarting (and grumbling) from previous mismanagement and mistakes.
    TWO - WAY Communication could be better. Perhaps provide a forum to receive suggestions anonymously rather than the YourSay open forum which people abuse for self promotion and KitKat rants.
    The work/life balance could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Sort of....

    By that - I don't mean JUST keep doing the current things that you are doing.... I mean, the improvements that you have been making are positive, but only just scratch the surface.

    Invest more in people, not just lots of hiring / shipping people in from Group - make sure you invest in getting the RIGHT people, with the RIGHT approach, into the RIGHT roles.

    Be careful which key players you have in your Ops roles. There seem to be a lot of ops people and no one is really sure what they actually do (aside from continuous emailing about timesheets and socials and constant reporting on multiple spreadsheets), I refer to the earlier point about getting the RIGHT people, with the RIGHT approach, into the RIGHT roles....

    Improve communication - drop the constant email messaging - no one has time to read them (or space in their inbox). Reduce the pretty (constant) comms going onto the intranet and actual come out of your office and talk to people (not just in Head Office, but Amersham, Gloucester, Leeds, Dublin, Denmark etc)

    Be more approachable.

    It's obvious that we need more office space. We can all see it, everyone is talking about it. Expand now rather than trying to rush it through on a shoe string in a month's time when people are sitting on top of each other.

    It's clear that parking is a challenge in both Gloucester and Guildford, shuttle buses from the local train stations would not only reduce taxi expenses but free up more parking spaces (why aren't we doing this already?)
    p.s. If you really want a more gender diverse office environment, making women (or men... but I haven't seen any) in heels or pregnant women (that have appointments that mean that they will be later than 08.30) park at the top of the hill and walk down in every weather condition is not a good way to do it.

    Have a bit more fun and remove the silos. New divisions are great, but they are still divisions, perhaps your Christmas parties should be done by location rather than P&L?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Simply awful. Interesting too watch a company falling apart though.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard to think of many pros. They continue to pay staff I suppose. Some of the work is OK.

    Cons

    Where to begin. BAE have really messed this once interesting company up. They have removed most of the interesting consultancy work as it doesn't make money, and their strategy is to sell products, and to run government helpdesks. I guess BAE might make some money from this in the short term, but that makes it a boring place to work.

    Compensation is low, company culture is toxic, projects are incredibly dull. Attrition is very high, and people are being replaced by an endless stream of inexperienced graduates.

    Management are constantly pushing crazy ideas down the chain in order to justify their jobs and keep visible. The company could lose a whole layer of management and nobody would notice.

    Stay away if you want to stay sane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop all the nonsense. All people want is more money and more interesting work. Can you deliver that? If not, then leave us alone to continue our job searches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. A great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A rapidly growing area of BAE Systems receiving huge investment from wider company. Good benefits and employees are valued

    Cons

    There are many young managers around who progressed rapidly in the early days of the company and don't necessarily have the experience. Its difficult to progress at the same rate as previous 'generations'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review bonuses to reward performance and make this known from start of the performance year. Resist pushing people into roles they are not suitable for on projects just because they are available at the time a resource is required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Losing good people as a result of internal operational faff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting work, if you are in a position to find/receive it. Generally very pleasant colleagues - though some lack basic social skills.

    Cons

    Senior and BAES management have no clue of where to take the company. I can think of several examples of failed programmes that are swept under the carpet. There are a lot of old timers, as a result any dissent is frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start asking you employees what they need and want - and don't wrap it up in silly surveys which are then ignored. Start admitting your mistakes - it makes you better leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Executive Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with good exposure to leading edge technologies

    Cons

    Lacks a clear vision with the culture not matching its stated objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either change the vision or change the culture. At the moment the two don't match up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Response

    Nov 20, 2014Recruitment Officer

    Many thanks for your honest thoughts & feedback.

    I would be keen to explore further the idea of improving/changing the culture of the business. Perhaps, you could reach out to me
    ... More

  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Confused - lost its way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people. Some very strong and long-lasting client relationships. Pay reasonable (not excessive).

    Cons

    Chief exec and head of cyber Business Unit both left abruptly. Company strategy now confused. Not clear where we are going or what we are doing. It appears we have given up on Cyber and are doing our best to be completely 'vanilla'.

    Long hours and no life other than work are expected. Zero bonus's and pay-rises last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A sense of direction would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful

    You'll either love it or hate it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, BAE Systems deep pockets.

    Cons

    No real leadership or stated purpose. Upper management clique, remoteness of senior management, most leadership people sit in their "exec area" and rarely wander out to speak with the "troops". No end of Director level people with no portfolio. Can't remember the last time the COO tried to strike up a conversation with those at the coal face. Very little attention paid to training and development. No proper career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some more people from outside to run the BU's. Good to see back of MD. COO should follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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