BAE Systems USA

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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
789 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 45 reviews)

  • Most projects you'll have a good work life balance, no forced overtime (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonuses disappeared and are now only for upper management, another incentive gone (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great Place To Grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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    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

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Defense with Start-up Environment and Talents

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7.  

    Poor management, lack of experience, no training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in North Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Benefits was great (dental, 401K, flex spending, health), travel overseas and states was great. Pay is good for first starting out.

    Cons

    Poor management, less communication between project managers and engineers. Lack of support from engineering managers. No paid training. Hard to move ahead with company. Losing contracts to smaller companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management training. Stop throw people under the bus and covering their tracks. Hire experience engineers and techs. Offer training programs, pay for them. Allow engineers to work on engineering projects and stop giving them to inexperience techs or people that know how to draw.

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

    Great mission -- Constant Change

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    • 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
  9.  

    Hardware Engineering Intern

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    • 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company to work for, but it is still a good ole boy company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional in Sealy, TX
    Former Employee - Professional in Sealy, TX

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the camaraderie between the employees, and the insurance benefits were great. There were a lot of paid holidays and sick time off, when needed.

    Cons

    there were too many supervisors and not enough workers; a lot of the supervisors were placed in their positions only because of cronyism. The majority of the supervisors did not know how to handle employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful who you promote to a supervisor/management position. Applicants need to be placed under scrutiny for decision making.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It WAS a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Withheld in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Withheld in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Gain some world class experience in all facets of the particular business, but have to "pull teeth" to get opportunities to learn. Great camaraderie, nice folks. With some positions, the pay is decent.

    Cons

    The Diversity and Inclusion program is just discrimination with a different face. While trying to show a corporate dog and pony show, experienced workers are discriminated against.Violations of the Fair Pay act, paying some people more money for the same and additional work, regardless of length of experience. Nepotism and cronyism are rampant. Benefits have deteriorated in just 4 or 5 years. It seems the company is trying to keep more of your pay due in order to increase shareholder value. Some common benefits now have to be paid for and the company blames obamacare for some of the increase in costs. While boasting of a 'Team' effort, members are left out except when it is convenient to management. Disparity in pay across business for same jobs. Company dictates performance reviews to limit high performers, so incentive to exceed is removed. Bonuses disappeared and are now only for upper management, another incentive gone!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty to shareholders vice employees will cost you valuable worker bees. Quit trying to impress the corporate world with "Diversity and Inclusion" and take good care of the experienced and loyal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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