BAE Systems UK

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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
109 Reviews
3.6
109 Reviews
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Project Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems UK

    Pros

    Good breadth of experience in roles.

    Cons

    Heavily process laden, skills fade.

  2.  

    Big name and big opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great, global organisation to work for. Aims to look after its employees. Opportunities for those who are willing to put in the time and effort, and who have some flexibility / mobility.

    Cons

    The extent to which the values- Trusted, Innovative and Bold - are embraced depends on where you're based and who you work for, but progress is being made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen and act on employee feedback. The changes you make are noticed and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great career job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    BAE Systems invest heavily into early careers!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging work with huge scope for working on different projects - if you are lucky

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on some of the UKs most complex programmes
    Salary is competitive for sector
    Lots of interesting work available if you are on the right project
    Good work life balance and company focus is shifting more to flexible working patterns for both 'white' and 'blue' collar staff
    You get to work with experts in their field
    Very good job security on most projects

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy
    Very political at senior management level
    Small offices spread across country makes it difficult to move around
    Silo based working - difficult to work outside your own team
    Very behind in terms of using up to date software and systems
    Very risk averse and almost never willing to commit company money (ie no progress if not customer funded)
    People tend to stay on projects for decades meaning there are very few job openings
    Strong union presence makes it difficult to have any say on your own pay and performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on effective programme delivery, not internal politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    typical large corporate but good training and opportunities

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

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    varied and interesting work, easy to move around the company, good opportunities to travel, good pension, share schemes, employee discounts, work/life balance (though it does depend where you work and how senior you are)

    Cons

    usual bureaucracy and politics that you get with a large corporate, not a meritocracy, difficult to get noticed and progress unless you are lucky or have a great boss (few and far between), performance and development reviews not taken seriously in many parts of the company, poor performance is not managed properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sort out politics and poor management behaviour, address poor performance of staff/managers, ensure consistent application of PDRs, focus on retaining talent and not just attracting it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Navigating dificult waters

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    British engineering powerhouse
    Successfully operates internationally
    Good remuneration package including benefits
    Strong and capable leadership in many areas
    Largely empowered workforce
    Stong value set that most would subscribe to
    Focus on business ethics to be commended

    Cons

    Too many people coasting
    Work-life balance is an issue for many staff
    Process heavy
    Future business strategy unclear
    Has lost its people focus
    Quite political with many hidden agendas across the business
    Opportunities for advancement reducing
    Not the best reputation for quality or customer service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the values
    Stop achieving growth through cost cutting
    Treat your employees as you expect to be treated yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Suited to work/life/family balance with interesting project opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Systems Engineer (Exec)  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lead Systems Engineer (Exec) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Notes about the part of the company I work for only.

    Great and varied work. As an engineer you can plan a career that involves always doing something new - fascinating and hi-tech areas. The happiest people I know at BAE mainly want variety and work life balance. If your interest is in a varied career BAE is a great place to be.

    Great work life balance. In times of personal crisis the company is there for you and very understanding.

    Tends to be mature and well planned leading to relatively low stress (but this can be frustrating for those that want a real challenge).

    Cons

    Can be clunky and bureaucratic. Bureaucracy not always linked to efficient or effective process. Which can be frustrating

    Company so large that pockets of bad practice (or people not being given above opportunities) is allowed to continue for too long.

     Fortunes tied to getting on a big programme - if you are a career climber. Affected by long term defence cycles.

     Leans towards groupthink. Difficult to sell good or needed ideas that don't meet organisations deeply set paradigms.

     Upwards management - meaning your job is to satisfy your boss and so on, not the other way around - this isn't really a con necessarily, but some people don't like it, especially if they are on the bottom rung.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on implementing genuine environment scanning cycle and proactive movement towards the company we need to be to survive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAE Systems - Graduate Scheme

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

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

    Pros

    - Great training and support during the Grad scheme

    Cons

    - Once Graduate scheme is over, they seem to forget all the training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better transition from Grad scheme to Permi role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mostly positive, but need to do more for graduates.

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

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offers a good mix of applied research and engineering. Many opportunities for progression, whether in project management or in a technical role. Good mix of people to work with.

    Cons

    Salary was not the greatest, and training / induction for new graduates was not provided when I joined (although this was beginning to be rectified by the time I left).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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