BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
159 Reviews
2.9
159 Reviews
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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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    Senior Consultant

    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects depending on what client you are assigned.

    Cons

    Politics and Old Boys Club. If you are not in your career opportunities are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten out your management structure to provide new blood the opportunities.

  2.  

    Great opportunities and an excellent working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Decent pay and excellent benefits. Good work-life balance on the whole. Excellent travel prospects.
    Very intelligent, driven people who enjoy the interesting work on offer and are willing to pass on their experience.
    Always people up for going for a beer after work.

    Cons

    If you want to go far you will sometimes have to put the hours in to be seen because as mentioned above the people here enjoy their work and are driven to learn the products and technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reign in some of the silly expenses that get charged, but free up others such as business class travel on long haul flights!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middling SI, terrible consultancy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    There are some great people to work with, who put in a lot of effort. If you're a self-starter and prepared to play the system (like anywhere else) you'll be given good opportunities at more senior grades it seems.

    BAE is a good brand name for your CV.

    Some areas of the business have interesting work and clients.

    Cons

    Seemingly unable to get the basics right. Torn between being a products or service business, without a coherent strategy.

    The obtuse marketing function has magnified the impacts of poor strategy, whilst the all-powerful operations function gleefully sends junior staff off to oblivion leading to high attrition and low morale.

    Other basics lacking and issues include:

    - Working or fit for purpose IT, for example third hand laptops.

    - Highly paid, lazy internal teams and some management as a hangover from the Detica days.

    - Undocumented and overbearing processes in some areas, with nothing in others.

    - No training for junior staff.

    In summary a business containing products, services and digital transformation was never going to become the 'cyber' arm of BAES regardless of how it was promised by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correct the strategy from "more and cheaper" to something more meaningful.

    Have a long, hard look at senior management value and contribution.

    Invest in graduates and junior staff to build for tomorrow.

    Fix the small stuff - it matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Really good people, company no longer cares about its staff.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Guildford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting clients, awesome highly educated motivated people.

    Cons

    Inappropriately used, change of review period, below inflation pay rise, poor review, no promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give pay rises with promotion. Give some pay rises. Don't lower someones review score from 4/5 to 3/5 when they worked weekends and until nine most nights for no extra money. Make training more accessible. Bonuses are now a fraction of what they were, effectively a £4000 pay cut for my grade. Don't split the grades and effectively demote someone two months after they get promoted. Bring back free orange juice and more free fruit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learnt a lot, frustrating organisation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Interesting work, intelligent people

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

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

    Pros

    Projects are varied and technical. The domain is very interesting and often quite challenging.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best. Work load is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate bonus and pay rise details with more transparency. Provide targets and structure instead of picking numbers out of a hat and causing disappointment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good quality employees, little confidence in leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Generally very high quality of employees (and more diverse than it used to be in the early days of Detica). Some pockets of the business are excellent to work in, with supportive managers who are encouraged to give both positive and (constructively) negative feedback. Work is interesting and there's the opportunity to change career direction if you would like to.

    There are opportunities to learn a lot here and take on responsibility - there are also now opportunities to look for positions within wider Bae as well.

    Cons

    The leadership (board level) team seems to find it hard to structure a company that can support anything other than a niche consultancy business. The daily operations battles that have to be had to try to run a products or services business (both of which they do a lot of!) successfully are ridiculous. The operations managers have way too much influence, they should be there to support the business strategy not drive it!

    Another major issue is the recent introduction of a Chief Marketing Officer at board level which is driving the centralisation marketing activities, which is fine in itself, but is being implemented in such an aggressively dictatorial way that people are leaving to get away from it.

    Recent remuneration rewards have been benchmarked way below where they should be, particularly for certain niche skillsets. Whilst people are doing what they can to correct this, the senior leaders need to be/be seen to be more pro-active about correcting this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out your operational structure! Recognise how different bits of the business do not need to be monitored weekly by utilisation (one example from a very very long list).

    Benchmark your salaries against the real competition.

    Take product development seriously and stop penny pinching for short term return.

    Control the marketing division - it is a joke.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Current, long term employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Terrific people and a much greater sense of motivation to serve clients well and grow the business than other places I have worked. Some very interesting technical challenges and customers, with increasingly international opportunities. For self-motivated individuals willing to be flexible the company doesn't stand still long so new prospects, project and opportunities are always coming along.

    Cons

    Rate of change is high as company has grown and struggled to integrate acquisitions, including its own acquisition by BAE Systems a few years back. This has not always been well managed or explained. Somewhat awkward size - trying to be a big international company but not yet quite as large the big boys and no longer a small niche player either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business should seek to simplify and streamline itself to more empower its staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Functional staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    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

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