BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is generally okay (in 22 reviews)

  • Does interesting work in some areas that is at the leading edge (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of proper direction from senior management (in 19 reviews)

  • No respect for work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Great people, interesting projects.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Designer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting clients and good projects. Work-life balance is good and I've made a lot of friends on my various projects.

    Cons

    Finding the right role to match your skills can be difficult and requires constant effort.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing the review round ever year.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Inclusive, collaborative and exciting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Compared to Accenture, Cap and PA, you are treated like humans and not resources - You are trusted and respected - A Board that genuinely cares and listens - this is a first! - Rapid growth means exciting opportunities - work life balance is far better here than at our competitors - lots of praise, thank you awards, public recognition - very supported - good career development practices - great process for identifying role rotation - won a Bronze Chairman's Award which ain't easy! - happy to spend money on team socials, business unit parties, lunches - in fact this is actively encouraged

    Cons

    - growing so fast means it is hard to find places for people to sit which can be frustrating - some of the HR processes are archaic, frustrating and very slow - slightly lower bonuses BUT people are far happier with their work life balance and far happier overall

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen - the changes that are taking place as a result of feedback and surveys are going down well!


  3. Unbelievable potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a company that is really going places. There are lots of very clever and motivated people. The company does really worthy work that it's easy to feel proud of. Bae is putting lots of money into the company and it has the dynamic feel of a high growth company. The facilities are world class and nice touches such as free fruit and kit Kats tell you that the company wants their staff to be well looked after. It is a company where you feel that you can make a difference and customers love what we do. Not many IT companies can claim that

    Cons

    The flip side of growth is that their is a lot of ambiguity around structures. Some of the longer term people don't like the fact that they don't work for Detica anymore and don't really like the changes. The reality is that to meet the aspirations the company has to grow and has to evolve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the future and on treating your ultra talented workforce well. The organisation structure needs to evolve to reflect where we need to go not where we have come from.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Formerly a great place to work, now driven by playing with the 'big boys', resulting in a disengaged work force.

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    Current Employee - Delivery Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Delivery Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relaxed approach to working. - Rarely expected to work beyond core hours. - There are a small number of very interesting projects to work on, but these are usually not a part of the 'interesting' clients AI works with. - Grad programme promotes flexibility

    Cons

    - Poor / no joining bonus for grads in comparison to other consultancies. - Salary only vaguely aligned to competitors. - Role applied for is in no way the role you receive, it's then down to you to fight it out to get the role/position you want. - Company lacks cohesive direction - one branch is trying to solve problems with pre-packaged software, another as a consultancy. Both are bidding with the same clients. - Company is trading on the former reputation of Detica, the only remaining Deticans are either leaving, or are embedded in middle management with grossly inflated salaries for their rank/role and show no sign of leaving. - Recruitment standard has plummeted, recruitment now happy to take any university, any discipline, and down to a 2:2, even a 3rd in some instances. - Company is modelling after other grad-heavy consultancies, without offering reputation or financial incentive in line with their competition, hence the general standard of grads are low. Having been recruited as a grad just over a year ago, I have seen this standard drop even in my tenure. - Company sells itself during recruitment as being friendly, and all about their people and engagement, in my experience HR are impossible to get hold of when you have a query, and are happy to use the idea of 'take it or leave it, we can find more grads' - I'd expect this from the big four, but not a company selling their friendliness. - Ops managers work purely to their targets of bums on seats, not in collaboration with where you want to go. - Most grads I speak to have an escape plan in place, are unhappy, and are biding their time until a credible 18-24 months have expired so their CV doesn't look poor. - Overall movement to SIAM and service management contracts as they're less risk, and more profit - ultimately boring projects to work on, and not what the company sell during recruitment. - Virtually zero recompense for holding DV, again in comparison to major competitions. - Everybody is a 'consultant', the mind boggling approach to ego stroking on new recruits leaves everyone thinking their job is a 'consultant'.

    Advice to Management

    Put proper career development in place for grads. Pointing them to the intranet and pulling out a few flow charts is no substitute for proper development - especially when your recruitment procedure doesn't reflect the job role you get in the slightest. Either align your scheme with the competition, or don't. Stop paying below par, but expecting excellence. Ultimately stop selling yourself on bygone excellence, and forgotten company ethos. The company has changed - that's fine, but align your internal message to reflect that.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Meaningful work. Priorities skewed to profit

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some clever people here. Good place to go for interesting work. Some of the stuff they do has great societal benefits.

    Cons

    The priority every year is profit to the exclusion of everything else. There are areas that need investment to maintain future profitability but these are neglected and investment to date has been marked by poor choices. Investment in training has been woeful and is the first casualty when targets are threatened.

    Advice to Management

    A strong leader in touch with what is going on is required. Bold decisions need to be made


  7. Interesting work, bad pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quick progression if you are good, and there's lots of interesting work.

    Cons

    Pay is not great and lots of travel


  8. Helpful (2)

    Changing nature of business

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technical specialists, genuine world-class knowledge in key technology domains, integrity of staff in comparison to other consultancies, increasingly global in outlook and wider range of opportunities

    Cons

    Increasing levels of bureaucracy associated with being part of a bigger business, loss of the cohesive Detica culture since the acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Retain the strengths that were associated with the Detica business - it wasn't perfect but it had very positive staff orientation towards high quality client work and expertise


  9. Consultancy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting client base and fascinating problem domains to work in, fantastic quality of colleagues, salaries above average compared to other consultancies, given how much they expect over and above a normal working week

    Cons

    Unstructured learning and development, career development and communities of interest not managed at the company level, therefore the quality of your experience depends on the individual commitment of those around you. Company has grown, and continues to grow but hasn't adequately managed to implement processes required for its size.

    Advice to Management

    Make time to listen to your employees, And when you think you've listened, listen again. and again.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Look elsewhere for a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    They have some bog name clients which will look good on your CV when you decide to leave

    Cons

    Awful bureaucracy at every term. You will be expected to work long hours away from home and run up large amounts on your personal credit card. The expenses department will then find every possible excuse not to pay you back. You will be expected to carry out normal company business (such as appraisals, managing your team, admin, travel to client sites etc.) in your own time whilst still billing a minimum of 40 hour per week to the client. There will no no investment whatsoever in your career. In essence, expect to be treated with disdain by BAE AI as a whole.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Aviod/Beaware!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some very talented people working within the company. They have some good products. The quality of the free fruit is very good.

    Cons

    The name of this company may make you think it's a prestigious place to work, don't be fooled by it and the glossy online marketing along with the fancy London office which they get you to come in for your interview. BAE might itself be a good company with good engineering experience but BAE AI is just a re-branding of Detica, a consultancy company which they bought out. A lot of the good Detica people have long gone. Beware of the headline salaries advertised along with bonuses, they will often offer you less. Bonuses depend on company performance and your individual performance. Your review process is based on the connections you make and how much you suck up to the right people, someone can give you a bad review and there is very little you can do about it, your line manager seems to have little say in the process. There are a lot of internal politics within this company, a lot of ex military personnel that like to think they are the bees knees and have a culture of being obnoxious towards others. Projects are very poorly planned which has a knock on effect to you as an employee as your expected to work like a dog to suit them. This contradicts the ITIL experience they keep banging on about in the job adverts!! Work life balance is poor, once you work for them they think they own you and can ask you to do what they like. If your not happy here they will do little to make things better and a more than happy to see you leave. Management are poor, if you suck up and get on you can go a long way and that shows in the types of people who manage this place, they don't have the first clue about managing people, teams or even projects. Training is non existent even though they pay a lot of lip service to it. In fact they don't like spending money on employees development. Guildford offices are not a very nice place to work. London offices are nice but mostly hot desks, if you not in by 08:15 you don't have much chance of getting a desk, management are aware of the issue but have there heads firmly buried in the sand. If you complain you're made to feel like a trouble maker which is effectively then end of your career.

    Advice to Management

    I'd start worrying if you ever loose any of your contracts.



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