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BAE Systems UK Reviews in Barrow in Furness, England

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
109 Reviews
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Pros
  • The happiest people I know at BAE mainly want variety and work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of interesting work available if you are on the right project (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • They are a large company and sometimes it feels as if you are a number and not a person (in 6 reviews)

  • Very political at senior management level (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    A place where you can quickly develop as a Professional Engineer.

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    Former Employee - Manager In An Engineering Function  in  Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager In An Engineering Function in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have drive, you can grasp opportunities to progress in the company and professionally. I went from Eng Tech Accreditation to CEng Accreditation in 3 years using the company accreditation scheme. I joined as a Project Leader and made it to the Executive management grades within 12 months. Part of the reason for this is it is a very demanding, delivery focused business where changes happen quickly, people move on or up and opportunities for professional mobility exist under the right conditions. It was a stepping stone role for me from my role in the armed forces to a very senior and well paid role at a competing nuclear industry, but I could not have have got this choice role I have now without the valuable experience from BAES. I really enjoyed it, but the workload was intense.

    Cons

    There is a real divide between Staff, Trades and the Management. This partisan behavior is particularly rife in the Barrow Site. Male dominated behaviors are also poor, with many women being kept down due to unconscious bias. The manning levels and recruiting profiles are so poor in certain areas in the Barrow site, that fear of industrial action paralyzes the functional management into appeasing unreasonable workforce demands, which in turn then set further expectations and precedents during sensitive stages in the delivery pan where a few employees mobilize the majority into holding the company to ransom over the awarding of pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a cliff edge for engineers in the company due to retirement and the front end loading of engineering aspirants into the academic institutions, this coupled with Nuclear New build, the SQEP development time of an engineer and the lack of retention will severely impact the company's ability to deliver sufficient resource in key areas for future contracts. Seeing what the competition is for T&Cs, pay, professional status and development of engineers in other industries and competitors, BAES are a long way behind. Engineers are as rare as hen's teeth and should be paid relative to their scarcity. Certain 'Functional Engineering units like for example Commissioning Engineers, they need to have better pay and conditions for you to be able to retain them. A design engineer can be sourced from university, a Commissioning Engineer requires many years of plant, maintenance, diagnostician, operation and filed service experience, honed in various industries. They cannot be recruited from a graduate pool, and nor should they be. The resource you have needs to be protected and retained, and this will not be achieved using your current terms and conditions.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great career job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Graduate  in  Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Graduate in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent salary for graduate scheme, plenty of extra stuff to get involved in. So much flexibility in terms of where to have placements and how long to have them. Good opportunities for career progression. Good group of friends established. Flexible working hours, half-day Fridays.

    Cons

    Town location isn't ideal. Work isn't always challenging. Some things promised/implied that seem to have fallen through. Sometimes it seems like having a degree hasn't helped much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage graduates to get involved on shop floor with tradespeople. Make it clear to graduates that they will have advantages to having degrees. Don't just favour tradesmen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    BAE Systems invest heavily into early careers!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to experience cutting edge engineering locally and corporately. Innovative environment with focus on development on early careers.

    Cons

    Has an aged workforce which can make it difficult for young people to be recognised. Although the work is satisfactory, salary is not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more trust in graduates to deliver ; give more responsibility and autonomy.

    Recommends
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