BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
766 Reviews
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BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule which gives employees every other Friday off is a great benefit (in 43 reviews)

  • Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Some instability in upper management; I had 3 managers over the duration of about two years (in 36 reviews)

  • For remote sites, recognition by senior management can also be a challenge (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall fantastic company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in Reston, VA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company had a great mission and plenty of employee resources

    Cons

    Reorganizations created a lot of ambiguity in business strategy and created large divides between senior leadership and support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be concise and direct about implementing decisions to avoid confusion .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience of a Lifetime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Technical Support Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Technical Support Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with management and surrounding project teams. Very accommodating with time off, lots of training, great and knowledgeable technicians to work with. Strengthened my technical and PM skills.

    Cons

    Getting some of the teams to work with one another and on the same page. Being laid off was devastating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place To Grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    BAE encourages personal growth allowing you to try new things in your daily job so that you can grow and shift your career as you wish. This is a wonderful opportunity.

    Cons

    BAE is a large company so it is hard sometimes to get recognized by management. You need to excel and stand out since the management has such large teams to watch over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tons to learn, Boring to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    BAE is a leader in defense electronics. Being such, there is a ton of opportunity to work on cutting edge systems with budgets that can seem endless sometimes. This opens doors to cutting edge work you'd rarely get to do else where.
    The company works hard to have access between all levels of employees and management. Walking into the vice presidents office to voice a concern, while ballzy, would not be punished or even frowned upon.
    Work life balance is very important and taking time off when needed is often encouraged unless you're running from your responsibilities
    Lots of opportunity for personal development

    Cons

    Boring environment
    Being government funded work, you have to work with government style bureaucracy to get anything done. Which can be incredibly frustrating.
    Mechanically, there isn't a lot of exciting projects.
    Slow growth model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more incentives for hard work/bonuses
    Generate more exciting atmosphere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The Operations Leadership Development Program was awesome!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    OLDP was a great way to transition from college to the workplace, immediately have 50 friends of the same age and given responsibilities and exposure that some 10+ year employees didn't get. Work-life balance was great. You sometimes worked a little later but only on weekends if you did on your own accord, it was a ghost-town out of work hours. Great people, would definitely recommend!

    Cons

    Only reason why I left was to see another industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great development programs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Defense with Start-up Environment and Talents

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Talent recognition and the ability of executive management on cracking the code in growth opportunities (translation: jobs and lots of engineering collaborations). First of all, I have been with the defense industry for over 15 years with two other defense companies (Lockheed and Raytheon) prior to joining the BAE Systems, Inc team. The environment at this BAE Systems facility (Fort Worth, TX) is like a start-up, to me that is a plus. Let me be clear, however, that the grass isn't always greener (see my cons).

    Cons

    BAE Systems did away the pension system a long time ago. To be honest, this is the trend given that other defense giant such as Lockheed's CEO Marilyn Hewson announced back in 2013 that they are doing the same for all existing pension folks. Lack of opportunities for telecommute (nature of the job).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    Competitive Salary at entry level, great tuition reimbursement program, great training on every new job, ability to rotate to different positions to gain greater experience.

    Cons

    Large company - easy to feel disconnected from others who work here

  9.  

    Great mission -- Constant Change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Communications
    Former Employee - Vice President, Communications

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at BAE Systems because of the focus on the warfighter, opportunities to advance and continue professional growth and its commitment to diversity of thought.

    Cons

    I worked for the company for eight years and we had four CEOs during that time. Change is expected but change at that level is unhealthy for an organization. It creates anxiety, angst and becomes difficult to retain talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your course and keep to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hardware Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Intern II in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Intern II in Lexington, MA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing workplace culture. Passionate engineers who are serious about innovation and competitive solutions.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tap into your interns more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay place to work, until benefits improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company was going through changes to compete in the marketplace, which caused turmoil.Fairly good training programs. Friendly personnel for the most part, no micro-managing.

    Cons

    Because of the reorganization taking place at the time, everyone was nervous about keeping their job. Personal growth was limited. The attitude toward employees was neutral, neither bad nor good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employees. Improve benefits: leave time, medical plans, dental plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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