BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews in London, UK

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
163 Reviews
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163 Reviews
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Pros
  • One thing we can offer is a genuine chance at managing a healthy work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Interesting work and the opportunity to work with some really top quality people (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Now slowing being structured and senior management not upfront to the employee (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A great experience

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    • 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 an 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Losing good people as a result of internal operational faff

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    • 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Confused - lost its way

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Manager

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    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
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has now nearly completed the transition into a sunken ship. Get out while you still can.

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

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

    Pros

    If you're fortunate to be one of the people based in head office, you'll be able to sit around all day enjoying the free kitkats and hot drinks, whilst contributing little to company profits.

    Cons

    Simply awful. Everybody who is able to leave, is leaving. Including the Chief Exec and many senior managers. Now replaced by yet more BAE corporate cutouts.

    Has lost its market USPs and now competes with the low value system integrators, rather than consultancies. Too little experience in this field to really know what it is doing, and so is struggling to deliver across many fronts.

    Needs to decide exactly what kind of company it is, and stop losing all its staff ASAP. Not paying bonuses or pay rises does not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your cushy London office, put down the kitkats, and visit the front lines, and actually listen to what people say rather than just coming to spout the latest corporate brochures at us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

    You'll either love it or hate it!

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bright people, technical work, disrespectful and inconsiderate management and resourcing

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people are mostly very bright, young and sociable. The work is interesting for technically minded people.

    Cons

    Middle management and resourcing have zero respect for the personal lives of the delivery team. They make decisions that affect you without involving you first. They often tell bare-faced lies in order to manipulate you.

    Resourcing is haphazard, short sighted and not at all transparent.

    Pay and bonus review is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value you workforce more and be more honest.

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

    Good people, good opportunities internally but a severe lack of strategy or leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Historically there have been some high-calibre members of staff, compensation on arrival is competitive and the benefits are typically above average (although these have been reduced in recent years to align with wider industry). If you have the right attitude and aptitude you will be supported to grow your career.

    Still has a strong heritage in Government, however there is limited credibility in the commercial space for specific expertise (e.g. Cyber/ESG).

    Cons

    In recent years there has been a significant reduction in the quality of staff - losing talented individuals to competitors and failing to replace them adequately. When taking on junior resources they are not sufficiently supported to develop their skills, often trying to push them out on to clients as soon as possible with limited specialist knowledge.

    Hours are typical for a consultancy which is to be expected, i.e. you do what is required to get the job done. However, the company's internal processes and support functions are not particularly supportive - meaning half of your week is taken up doing generic administrative activities, never mind satisfying demanding client expectations.

    Generally people are friendly and there is a good atmosphere, however due to organisational boundaries there have been some issues of late where separate business areas/functions have been competing against each other which created tensions that were not entirely necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what it is you actually want to be and be honest with yourselves and your employees. There is still absolutely no strategy apart from the fact that you desire to make money. Profit is clearly a given, but you need to start qualifying out what you will not do, why you won't do it, and why that doesn't align with your wider goals. Throughout my time in the organisation I struggle to think of any opportunities we decided to 'no bid'.

    Reward your staff properly. The company is strong for promoting employees on merit. However, the mantra is you must be performing at the next grade the year before you are promoted to demonstrate your capability. Given that's the case, if you perform highly you really should compensate people accordingly. I am aware of multiple occasions when highly-performing individuals have been promoted (arguably they were at the wrong grade for the last 12 months) and they have received minimal pay rises. This is simply counterintuitive, you need to reward employees for their 12 months of effort with something that will make a difference to their lives day-to-day. By all means, give a reduced pay rise the following year... after all they will have only been performing in grade for 12 months so you wouldn't expect them to be approaching a promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Just 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have had great opportunities. Company is at turning point

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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