BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
153 Reviews
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153 Reviews
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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Managing Director Martin Sutherland
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One thing we can offer is a genuine chance at managing a healthy work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Interesting work and the opportunity to work with some really top quality people (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Now slowing being structured and senior management not upfront to the employee (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learnt a lot, frustrating organisation.

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

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality of employees is generally high

    Cons

    Penny pinching, process-heavy, old boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing the brand/strategy/organisation every two years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Functional staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Masses 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good technology projects

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Great clients and work variety

    Cons

    Hours could sometimes be crazy

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    Summary of BAE Systems AI experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Ai has many outstanding people, it engages in an unusually wide variety of work, much of it highly interesting and challenging. Its culture and ethics are amongst the best I have experienced.

    Cons

    There are few areas where AI doesn't compare favourably with other companies in its field. It perhaps needs to review its overall rewards which may have fallen slightly behind others in its marketplaces

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ruined by the acquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that the growth strategy can still support hiring the best individuals and competing on quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't really know where its going

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Guildford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and some very good technical people using cutting edge technologies.
    Good chance of progression if you want to manage people, less so if you want to stay technical.
    Opportunities to work abroad

    Cons

    Company doesn't really know what it wants to be consultancy or products business and so tries to be all things to all men on a shoestring budget.
    Different departments are completely isolated from each other so there could be other people in the company trying to solve a very similar problem to what you are working on but you wouldn't know and so you end up building something twice. If you do try to work across departments, it gets very political.
    You are expected to do extra things to help the general development of the company but everyone is resourced at >100% so this has to be done in your own time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the structures to enable working across departments, it will save you money.
    The benefits package has declined over the years but the expectations of what effort the staff put in are still the same.
    Although you often talk about the 5 year strategy, the decisions on the ground all look to be short term and about hitting this year's targets. Don't force all the sales to close in December, it just makes the start of the next year harder.
    Recognize delivery teams, not just salesmen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Up your game

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work on projects that make a meaningful difference to the UK and not just someones shareprice you should choose Detica.
    If you want to develop yourself And be recognised as a specialist technical consultant (whether its in digital, data or cyber security or a market like Telco, Government or FS) rather than a generalist consultant working on spreadsheets again you'd choose Detica.
    If you want to innovate and you have the initiative to build your network rather than expect someone to hold your hand then you'd choose Detica.

    Its the expertise of the people that mean you have to up your game and you learn fast as a result. Working on projects with a wow factor, with big name clients is a big motivator. Being able to deliver on the leading edge of industry trends like digital transformation, big data, open source or cybersecurity builds confidence. I've worked for and with every major consultancy and SI and most are all talk in these areas.

    Cons

    Too much of the media profile relates to cybersecurity, so overshadows the bulk of what the company does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better internal and external comms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very diverse company still trying to find its focus under new 'applied intelligence' banner

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

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

    Pros

    World leading technology, great people, hugely diverse across commercial & government, beginning to get true global footprint, 'Detica' has a great brand on the CV. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Internal politics is the worst I've ever seen, not a true meritocracy, new strategy every year, new operating model every year. Fundamentally this is a medium sized company, being forced to play in the big company arena - and struggling to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more for your staff. Detica is still a professional services firm and that means the people are everything, no matter how many glossy adverts you see in the papers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company going places

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people here are fantastic - really clever bunch that I've learned alot from and the majority will happily give you the time of day if you need some help. I've worked here for nearly 6 years and that hasn't changed.
    Flexible working, good work/life balance and opportunities to travel.
    The business is growing quickly which has given me many career opportunities.
    Incredible set of products and services offered, the end result of the work we do is very satisfying.

    Cons

    Senior management have a tendency to focus on numbers more than the people, though there have been signs of improvement in recent months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and engage with staff more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Desperately floundering and all the best people are leaving

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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 an year)

    Pros

    The only things that the organisation has are it's reputation with Government customers and the employees within the business units who for the most part are highly intelligent, engaging and who you can learn a lot from.

    Cons

    The company completely lacks vision and innovation. Under the new AI banner, the company is slowly being squeezed of intelligence as mindless, elaborate processes take its place. I expect within the year, the company will be filled with unquestioning, underpaid developers and graduates whilst being steered towards disaster by an obtuse dictating internal marketing function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be a global organisation, you need intelligent people and the right marketing. Not one at the expense of the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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