BAE Systems UK

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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
121 Reviews
3.5
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BAE Systems UK CEO and Board Member Ian King
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Review Highlights

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 8 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.  

    BAE SYSTEMS - A fair place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    BAE is fair and pays a competative salary and moving jobs within the company is easy and reasonable

    Cons

    I think intelligence analyst working with other companies might get paid better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be more involved at the customer location

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAE Systems is not the friendly place it once was.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Wayne, NJ

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    The work is state of the art technology with a diversified product line. Employees are friendly toward each other and for the most part are willing to help others. After the first year employees get two weeks vacation as well as a week off between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Too much overtime without compensation. Management typically underquotes work by taking risky approaches to solutions. It is the employee who assumes the risk when the job becomes over budget and behind schedule by being forced to work substantial uncompensated overtime. In the past, an employee could take time off for past uncompensated overtime. Under the current organization this is no longer possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quote new work realistically and stop forcing employees to work uncompensated overtime to make up for poor assumptions. Quit the semi-annual reorganizations your making us look stupid.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just another contractor. Do your job, collect your pay and look for a new job when the contract runs out.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Good pay and secure job, while you are on a contract.

    Cons

    When my contract is up I wont have a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build loyalty by growing your workforce, promoting your workforce. Keep your people beyond the contract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Can't describe it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Washington, DC

    I worked at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    BAE is a pretty big company and though my position was boring and probably had little promotion potential, I doubt the entire company is that way. I enjoyed the trips to Cape Canaveral, but that was about it.

    Cons

    My job in particular was boring, had little to do with my career, or any future job, and thus the "skills" I learned while working there were pretty useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't remember all the senior manager's names, but their big mistake was announcing a RIF, and not being specific about who it would effect. I got on the phone with some connections and was out of there pronto even though it turns out no engineers would be laid off. Oh well, better they waste their money training a new employee than I waste my time in the unemployment line.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you don't like doing much meaningful work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Austin, TX

    I worked at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Laid back environment, Knowledgeable employees, Lots of time off

    Cons

    Projects always behind schedule and over-budget, Management doesn't seem to know what they're doing half the time. There is a huge age gap between employees. Most engineers are over 40 and out of shape. Because they've been doing their job so long they aren't open to new and fresh ideas of some newer employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and have better project for entry-level people to work on. Encourage more openness to ideas, because if you keep running your business this way you will be obsolete within 10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Consider opportunities with BAE Systems at company primary locations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Most site support a 9/80 work schedule for various reasons, but this is good for the work/life balance. Again most sites, consolidate planned paid holidays to support a payed break between Christmas and New Years. Compenstation has been pretty good for me through the years. BAE System has a large enough presence in the US for relocations if you desire, and has a larger number of people in other parts of the world, for those that want to move.

    Cons

    Not good a supporting employees that are stationed at smaller facilities or at customer locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on better partnership between program and functional leaders. In may cases, the functional leaders are over scheduled with program activities to have time to perform the functional duties. This is especially true for employees at customer sites. I recently moved to a customer site assignment, and an on my 4th functional manager in 6 months, and can't even get an answer to an e-mail from the current manager in most cases.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Johnson City, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Johnson City, NY

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Good company for advancement, plenty of work to go around. The pay is very good for the cost of living in the Binghamton Area. There is never a dull moment here in JC. We are doing exciting work within commercial avionics and military avionics as well. However, many people see BAE as a stepping stone before moving on to bigger and better things.

    Cons

    Overtime and not getting paid for it. Depending on where you live, the area can be a little shady, especially when Binghamton University is in session.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We really need to modernize our test equipment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It pays to negotiate hard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Decent benefits, telecommuting opportunities exist.

    Cons

    Seems we're always having budget problems, so training and development are the first things to get cut. Raises and promotions are handled in a mysterious, mystical fashion; no apparent rhyme or reason; guidelines differ depending on who you talk to. All employees (based on your department) are not treated equal. Senior management is very Command & Control oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting cost by slashing budget is much less effective in the long term than you think. Eliminating waste within our company (waiting, defects, etc.) is the better way to go. And yes, there is waste in everything we do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Typical boring defense job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    We work on a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off)
    You can live by the beach and not have a terrible commute.
    some pretty smart engineers.
    a decent number of young, social engineers

    Cons

    boring projects. Unless you really LOVE working on an image library, your pretty much can't find a job that doesn't involve this in some way. Most management is ridiculously incompetent, including senior level. IRAD's are fairly well run however. It is very easy to get pigeon-holed and there is little room for advancement. Pretty much every software engineer that works here, hates their job, and employee morale is pretty low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your Engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for... but it depends on the location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irving, TX

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services.
    BAE Systems is the 3rd largest global defence company and the 6th largest US defense company. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US$ $31.4 billion) in 2007.
    BAE Systems is committed to encouraging its people to realize their potential as valued members of the company.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not flow down information to the people performing the work. New employees are not fairly compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about the benefits of working as a team.

    Approves of CEO

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