BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Good DoD company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer On A DoD Space and Missile Warning O&M Contract in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer On A DoD Space and Missile Warning O&M Contract in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Big presence on the east and west coasts. Great benefits. Leadership takes employee feedback seriously. Training opportunities are outstanding.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth and position opportunities in satellite and missile defense and commercial areas. Lack of large raises due to DoD funding profiles and economic climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of the wealth of qualified, cleared, motivated, quality, low-cost engineers in other parts of the country to solve backlog orders, reduce wrap rates and grow new business profits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. If you're part of the "GOB", this is for you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance was nice with a 9/80 schedule and then all of the government holidays plus vacation & sick time. Profit sharing and 401k as well as the basic medical, dental, vision benefits were also nice.

    Cons

    Unless you're a part of the good ol' boys club, you're never going to get anywhere here. No career path, no training & requests for training are denied because they were seen as "a waste of time". Lots of retired military especially in management positions so "barking orders" to their subordinates was the standard way of giving direction. I knew less than 2 weeks in that I had made a huge mistake. Human resources was also less than helpful if you needed them for any reason so was the "anonymous hot line" to report harassment and unethical behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good company, good culture and decent managers

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    Former Contractor - IT Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Contractor - IT Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment with trust and respect for others

    Cons

    Layoffs but they were reasonable and fair

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Awful leaders!

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    Former Employee - BD Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - BD Director in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, interesting technical work, good engineers. Salaries are good within industry. Major employer around DC area.

    Cons

    Leadership esp in I&S division is terrible - little business acumen, risk adverse, fiscally irresponsible, culture of blame esp on business development. Operations execs think they know everything but they don't recognize they are the issue. Don't work here above manager unless you enjoy pulling knives out of your back!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate the execs and rebuild the culture to be inclusive, not political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Program Manager's view point on BAE Systems

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Huge company with many opportunities for high performing employees/program managers, currently have 90-80 work schedule with every other Friday off

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy as expected in a large company, primarily defense work (at least in my sector) which can pigeon hole one who desires to transition to the commercial world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide Strategic Business Units (SBUs) / Business Areas (BAs) more autonomy and delegation of authority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Good pay, great flexibility, unwieldy bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    Some fascinating engineering work being done

    Cons

    Bureaucratic inertia difficult to overcome

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Principle Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in South Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in South Ogden, UT

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management if very refreshing. They are not divisive with the workers and support them..

    Cons

    Pay is lower then other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Could learn a thing or two from "best practice"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you push for it, there are a wealth of learning and growth opportunities. A broad portfolio of products and services. You do meaningful work for the customer. PTO is about average.

    Cons

    Talent acquisition and talent management are severely lacking and have extremely high turnover. Pay is not on par with other defense contractors. Does not really acknowledge or fund the concept of employee engagement or diversity. From a program and operating perspective, the company is very risk-averse. Job is often very dependent on the governmental defense budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking some calculated risk to make workplace changes. You lose far too many high-performing employees and high-potential talent. CEO could use some people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good overall experience

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, strong brand...

    Cons

    Seems to be lacking a cohesive strategy to make it through the current defense market budget challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower middle management to be involved in the strategic planning. They have a valuable perspective and input if asked.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. BAE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Friendly, low-stress environment
    -Good work-life balance (for underachievers)

    Cons

    -Very slow professional growth
    -Little recognition
    -Poor compensation
    -Unexciting work
    -High Turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Pay your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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