BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Consultancy

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Disorganised chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to be in a world of secret squirrels and surrounded by a lack of ownership then you'll do just fine. Pay is quite good as there appears to be no scale or employment budget control (that is from my own salary negotiations experience and then being a recruiting manager).

    Cons

    Wrong mentalities. If you are selling a managed service then run a managed service not a poorly ran consultancy directed project. When you deliver rubbish you then have to support it. A lot of "busy fools" making simple tasks impossible and in the end wasting time and money. People will hide behind secrecy and force "industry" standard based on zero industry experience.

    Advice to Management

    Re-org suggests that you have run out of ideas rather than trying to fix a problem. There is no work/life balance and if you are not prepared to do a 10-12hour day and weekend work then you are frowned upon. When big budget government work dries up, then the endless time wasting service delivery managers will have nothing to do (though they act like they have nothing to do now).


  3. Helpful (6)

    Aviod/Beaware!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5. Helpful (4)

    Still work to be done

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, still some interesting client work. But much depends upon where in the business you end up. Review round results this year were an improvement on the previous year Good range of employee social events

    Cons

    The rebranding to Applied Intelligence has resulted in a greater focus on products, less so on more traditional consulting work. Not sure whether that is really the way to go. Feels as if some of the old values have been lost Attrition seems to have been higher in the last 18 months Review process still not transparent enough, especially in terms of promotion eligibility / criteria

    Advice to Management

    Tell us what's really going on in terms of attrition, morale, and product sales performance Encourage and support promotion ambitions Don't focus on employee social events at the expense of career direction, training, rewards etc


  6. Helpful (6)

    Chaotic change approach. Trying to leverage Detica capability whilst haemorrhaging the talent

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

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

    Pros

    You can move around, work/life balance has improved... But this is in part because people care less about what they're doing.

    Cons

    In the last three years the company has changed significantly. Many senior figures have left (effective ones and dead weight) and many senior technical resources have left. Change needs to happen in a business and there were things that definitely needed to be improved in the old system but what we have today is chaos: lack of defined org structures, barely performing functional staff, a technical company run by over-empowered operations teams and management that are constantly in-fighting to preserve themselves and not caring about their teams at all. There are, of course, exceptions to this, but they're becoming increasingly rare. The culture seems to be based heavily on nepotism rather than the meritocracy it used to be and the firm seems to be becoming decreasingly diverse!

    Advice to Management

    Stop piling on the pressure for the "right" answers and let people give you the truth.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Meandering strategy, destroyed acquisitions

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

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

    Pros

    Strong intellectual property and some very clever folks, doing some socially important work in the UK.

    Cons

    One day someone will write a business school case study on failed change management in Detica / Applied Intelligence. BAE has fundamentally changed the culture over the last couple of years - many of the acquired business had cultures built on values, fun, staff development, great workplace and clarity of purpose, and the businesses were then successful and grew because of the focus on these. BAE and the Detica leadership progressively became more focused on just the numbers and achieving growth - at the expense of everything else. I left the business as a consequence of this change in focus and the dominance of the BAE management style. This is a leadership that fundamentally doesn't understand the importance of human capital and happy staff. It's also incredibly complex as a consequence of acuiqiring lots of unrelated businesses - so a tough organisation to change without disenfranchising some existing clients and staff. The level of staff attrition and awful staff engagement results are confirmation of this.

    Advice to Management

    You are slowly destroying a good business because of the naked pursuit of growth and shareholder returns, rather than looking at the whole package. Staff increasingly don't understand why growth is so important if it means they're under constant pressure and you've lost the balance between the employee and the shareholder.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Good company quickly becoming average

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

    Flexible working life Not expected to work all hours

    Cons

    Salaries falling behind Poor morale Career opportunities stagnating


  9. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good problems to solve, global reach, good place for graduates or young people to get a foot in the consulting industry

    Cons

    Often let grads drift, not all work force receives equal opportunity for personal development, infrastructure is below par for a technology focussed institution

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff, invest in the work place. Diversify offerings and market sectors. Decouple locations from clients.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Horrible culture - was keen to leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very bright and nice people. Some interesting clients and work for social good. About it really - can't think of much else.

    Cons

    This business is comprised from 5 acquired companies, which were fairly successful in their own right, but were all doing different things in different markets - so when combined they became a complex business, with terrible internal processes. The core Detica leadership team was inexperienced in running a global business and an autocratic boys club of mostly men that were quite happy to publicly denigrate staff who dared ask difficult questions about the strategy not working. The last 3 years have seen poorly executed change, high staff turnover and lots of failed strategies and product launches. New board members have come in, made dramatic changes (eg we rebrand the entire company), and then left suddenly ("residency visa issues") or effectively demoted by having someone else inserted above them and removed from the board. Although things have improved slightly, the core issue going forward is that the entire business is worn down by continual change, management doublespeak, <1% payrises, robbing the entire staff bonus pot (in 2013) so they could still pay a dividend, widespread redundancies and multiple failed product launches - which have created a feedback loop that confirms the leadership don't know what they're doing. If you're thinking of joining this company, my sincerest advice is don't. I can't think of a single person I rated 2 years ago that is still there.

    Advice to Management

    Divest the business from BAE Systems and let it go its own way.


  11. MD JAPAC Commercial Solutions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MD JAPAC CS in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - MD JAPAC CS in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology, leadership, vision, ambition, people.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going.



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