BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Increasingly diverse workplace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Management in Warton, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Management in Warton, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Unionised workforce, decent canteen facilities, great flexitime policy, generally laidback atmosphere. Most of my colleagues are easy to get on with and it is rarely a stressful environment to work in.

    Cons

    The only cons I can think of are that once you reach you the top of the professional grades you need to move up to the executive ranks if you want to increase your pay.

  2. The first engineering task I was assigned to was quite boring but was assigned a different one on request.

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    Former Intern - Summer Engineering Intern in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Engineering Intern in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems UK as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of graduates and fellow interns there to socialise with.
    The cafeteria is pretty good.
    When asked for a different project, my wish was granted.
    They drill in the requirement to go through each stage of the engineering process properly.

    Cons

    The first task I was assigned to was uninspiring, and quite boring.
    One of the mentors seemed very pedantic regarding the content of reports.
    Was only given the chance to do the more interesting second task for 3 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep asking interns for feedback regarding their internship to determine whether or not to move them to a different role
    Inform interns about the exact role before the start of the internship, and ask if they want to change

  3. An excellent range of opportunities - provided your take responsibility for your own development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent and really interesting product, services and technologies
    Opportunity to be involved, manage, lead large value, complex and long term projects / platforms
    Provided you are flexible if needed with location - there is always somewhere in the company that needs your skill set
    Strong and consistent strategy and governance principles

    Cons

    Politics involved in everything
    Outsourced IT and HR services that don't work
    Many people that are not prepared to take a decision and have to push everything upwards
    If you don't push yourself into stretch activities and your own self development - you will get limited support

    Advice to Management

    Greater level of engagement via walk-around rather than just posting a blog entry
    Greater consistency and fairness in pay and progression
    Have the guts to take bold decisions and be visible in your leadership of the organisation rather than in an office or "offsite with the customer"

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  5. Excellent company to work for with global opportunities

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    Current Employee - Procurement
    Current Employee - Procurement

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training and development is taken seriously and there are lots of opportunities to develop yourself but you do need to be proactive about it.

    Cons

    Just the standard ones of working in a large organisation, can be quite a bit of bureaucracy and quite a few management layers which can slow down decisions.

  6. BAE Systems Warton

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warton, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warton, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company lots of complex projects to get involved with and plenty of opportunities if you work hard both for interesting work and personal development.

    Cons

    As it is so big it can be difficult to get a job with responsibility or recognition of your ability, sometimes how long you have been in the job is the deciding factor for a promotion not your actual ability.

    Advice to Management

    Management structure needs to be refreshed - less managers and more doers

  7. an organisation that gives lots of opportunities career wise

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    Current Employee - APM Business Improvement Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - APM Business Improvement Specialist in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working pattern, level of trust, training opportunities.

    Cons

    A heavy and complex organisation which lacks agility with little ownership of descisions from its employees

    Advice to Management

    create a sense of accountability and responsibility of its staff, more gratification when successful but also more control and accountability over results.

  8. Graduate Scheme

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    37 hour working week thats good

    Cons

    Lack of ownership or taking on responsibilities by staff
    If you are highly motivated give it a miss
    poor career and pay progression

    Advice to Management

    This needs to be far more competitive

  9. Great development opportunities, good values and ethics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Development opportunities
    Supportive leadership
    Very ethical business
    Very good maternity benefits
    Flexibly give to balance work with young family
    Competitive salaries
    Excellent pensions, sick pay
    Very supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Size and complexity of business mean it can take time to get to grips with getting things done. Various cultures across different business units with some cultures that I would find difficult to work in.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Great long term options

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Equipment Team Leader (Project Lead) in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Test Equipment Team Leader (Project Lead) in Rochester, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to develop and grow due to the number of projects on going.
    Global company so there are chances to work abroad (long or short term)
    Options to move up the tree into management or progress in the technical side
    Cutting edge technology projects

    Cons

    Military projects are at the whim of politicians
    Long timescale projects can drag on

    Advice to Management

    Rotate management staff through different teams and rely on their management skills instead of based on their specialist technical skill to give them a more rounded view.

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