BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
733 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 41 reviews)

  • Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Some instability in upper management; I had 3 managers over the duration of about two years (in 35 reviews)

  • no middle management, upper management out of touch, short-sighted policies (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK for the area, but not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Rome, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rome, NY

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

    Pros

    Located in a smaller town, easy commute. There aren't too many other opportunities in that area for tech.

    Cons

    The senior management of the company was not ideal. The health benefits packages were horrible. You'd get a raise in April, and it would be eaten by the health care increases in October.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more consistent in the values they pass down to the employees (via mandatory training) and the values by which the company operates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poorly managed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Competitive benefits as one would expect from a large contractor
    - Decent severance

    Cons

    - My experience with management beyond my team lead (PM, Director, etc) was awful-- ranging from indifferent at best all the way to downright hostile
    - Overall low levels of trust and morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee morale. Do not tolerate poor managers. Ask your employees directly about their PM's/Directors. It's a large company- hopefully my experience is not typical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Promotions based upon tenure not merit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Very fair and employee friendly. Will allow for time off, can buy an extra week of paid time off. 9/80 schedule with a lot of flexibility. Very family-oriented. Management allows a lot of autonomy (just doesn't pay you for it).

    Cons

    Low compensation, promotions based upon tenure/years of experience rather than on skill and ability resulting in incompetent people in critical positions. Benefits MUCH better at Arlington HQ or in Electronic Systems than in other sectors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based upon ability rather than time in position. Take a more proactive approach to performance management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Management by spreadsheet

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Deep technologies in certain limited areas of the company. Good experience for those interested in a career path in RF, EW, or military intelligence systems.

    Cons

    Management by spreadsheet. Employees are valued and measured only as individual cells in the spreadsheet. Frequent layoffs. Reorganizations every 6 months. Senior management comes from finance lineage - little understanding of BAE technology or products, hence focus on revenue vs technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on strategic technology planning, rather than next quarter's increase in revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work before, but has gone down hill.

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    Former Employee - Program Engineering Manager  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Program Engineering Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Good technology. Good industry.

    Cons

    Management consumed by the short term bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a longer term vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    BAE Systems, a large company going through multiple reorganizations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Location was close to home.

    Cons

    Multiple reorganizations, limited vision from Senior Management. Overall strategy same from year to year with no recognition of changing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The services side of the company cannot sustain the products cost associated with a large corporate infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    very rediculous company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    in san jose and big office

    Cons

    too much beauracharcy. people are very isolated and strange... defensive in a defense industry?

  9.  

    Good people, horrible place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    people are great. casual work environment, flexible with working hours. decent 401K match

    Cons

    no career planning. was specifically told that I couldn't be promoted because my current salary was not high enough. therefore i would have to wait another year or two to get a promotion in order to abide by HR rules. I've been given the highest rating in my program two years in a row. No leadership, people are promoted based on longevity not on skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote based on skill not on tenure. provide the little things for employees. Employees have to provide their own coffee, and SOAP for the kitchen!

  10.  

    Overall, a good temporary job

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Subcontractor  in  Endicott, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Subcontractor in Endicott, NY

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for a temp job. Management seems to be quite reasonable. Work is not overly complicated and co-workers were very open to help. Probably would've been able to work longer however had to leave due to personal issues.

    Cons

    Workload is not consistent so be prepared for crunch time at certain seasons. If your job involves you being at the desk most of the time, I'd advise plenty of exercise outside. Because this is a temporary job you have to pay for your own benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very satisfactory, rewarding and always given room to grow within the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Due to the weak economy company was forced to lay off; but its values out weighted this negativity. On the job training for its employees is a very positive along with various company benefits.

    Cons

    In my opinion there are challenges with any work situation. Challenges give me the opportunity to work harder to overcome any office situation, be it the culture, work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion once the employee works hard to satisfy management, (timeliness, work is on schedule,) the employee should be well compensated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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