BAE Systems USA
3.2 of 5 684 reviews
www.baesystems.com Arlington, VA 5000+ Employees

BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.2 684 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro

Jerry DeMuro

(26 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The 9/80 work schedule is fantastic"
    in 38 reviews
  • "Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime"
    in 35 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some instability in upper management; I had 3 managers over the duration of about two years"
    in 32 reviews
  • "no middle management, upper management out of touch, short-sighted policies"
    in 20 reviews
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    My experience was completely characterized by management. Like any where else, some were good, some were better.

    Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsThe opportunities to change a career path are great, once you've qualified for a different path. Many talented people are available to help.

    ConsBAE has very demanding customers by which BAE will do almost anything to appease. In addition to performance and compliance, a BAE employee must be aware of their expendability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBalance the training and personal growth opportunities with a little job security.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Would ge good if not for management BS

    Finance (Former Employee)

    ProsNice coworkers, most of whom are dedicated to doing a good job.

    ConsManagers will not stand up for their employees. Edicts are issued from the East coast headquarters, and no one has the guts to stand up to them and say no. Management doesn't bother to truly understand the needs of each of the business lines, and keeps trying to force all companies into a cookie-cutter template.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the people who actually do the work. Don't just take the word of the yes men at Corporate headquarters.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Tech (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsGood benefits and lots of opportunities for a free education and certifications if you're ambitious.

    ConsContract work sucks. I think the company only tries to place people who are due a sizable severance package.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou get the talent you're willing to pay for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat bosses. Good work and very smart people. The company is well run. The upper management really tries to look out for it's people.

    ConsOnce a project is done they got ride of the entire group. I would have liked to be moved to another project but unfortunately it didn't happen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think it would be nice for them to forward think about when projects are done how to move employees on that are on the beach to other projects.

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    Great, ethical company to start with, hard to move up

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation starts well, high concentration on ethics.

    ConsDifficult to advance, reluctance upon management to help employees change

    Advice to Senior Managementwork harder to keep your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    All Source Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsBig company, lots of opportunities

    ConsBig company, hard to focus on people

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have worked for many aerospace companies and BAE Systems is one of the best ones that I worked for.

    Principal Simulations Engineer (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsPay and Benefits were good.

    ConsUpper levels of management are too distant, especially for remote sites.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked there, thought it would be the job I retired at, however, contracts failed and it left me without security.

    Welder, Fabricator, and Painter (Former Employee)
    Fairfield, OH

    ProsI enjoyed working for a contract company that produced quality items for the US military. I liked the camaraderie among employees/employer. My job was close to home and I really felt accomplished every time I went to work, felt like a part of something big.

    ConsChallenge to work for a company when you did not believe you would have a job the next day or week. When contracts failed, it was impossible to feel as though I was safe, and that it would not happen to me. We also had a few management members that were less than kind but the environment was conducive for work - getting the parts delivered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI realize a lot of us had to lose our jobs, and I really hope that those who were able to stay, such as yourselves, understand that this was a job many of us, especially myself, felt honored to have. I did not enjoy that the company leaned toward domestics like tractors, etc. I felt privileged to work with others on military vehicles but understand that when the defense didn't have it in their budget during a time of peace, I guess I understand why my security had not balanced with that judgment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working environment in a company that values diversity.

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Manassas, VA

    ProsDefense industry salariesand benefits tend to be better than most other industries.
    Good working environment and generally values employees.
    Makes an effort to communicate major directives down to all rank and file employees.
    Last CEO pushed the positives of having a diverse workforce.
    Most jobs require US citizenship and work cannot be offshored.

    ConsDefense industry in general will not grow much due to US budget sequester.
    BAE Systems has just hired a new CEO and has had a lot of churn in upper management in recent years.
    Has been "right-sizing" it's workforce and lay offs have been frequent.
    Has grown by acquisition so corporate culture varies from place to place within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the constant upper management churn so that the company can settle a bit and develop a corporate identity. Try to have only one major layoff a year instead of every spring AND fall.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Expanded Duties

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Dahlgren, VA

    ProsPaid for a week long course to obtain a Security+ certification, required by the customer

    ConsDid not increase salary as responsibilities increased as was stated beforehand

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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