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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
720 Reviews

3.4
720 Reviews
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BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro
Jerry DeMuro
41 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Advancement opportunities are only available to some

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    Pros

    Generous salary and benefits, relatively speaking.

    Cons

    Past culture of promoting employees based on years of service has created a legacy group of overpaid and underqualified workers. Some of their 20+ year employees draw paychecks that far exceed their contribution, but they seem to have a job for life. Some managers are very good, others (again, with many years of service) fumble along making one bad decision after another, just counting down toward retirement. At the other end of the spectrum, young college recruits in the leadership development programs have phenomenal opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, mid-career employees have relatively few opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a more objective performance rating system, and take a minute to re-evaluate production employees in labor grades 48-52. You will find many so-called "Engineering Assistants" making $30/hr for doing the same work with the same ability as an assembler at less than half the rate.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great local managers and supervisors. Can't say enough good about those I worked for directly.

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Former Employee - Applications Developer

    Pros

    Very good benefits, good work environment, great people in the local office. Compensation was above average, several of the bonuses were very nice and there's company company stock awarded each year. There's plenty of holiday parties and other events during the year for employees to rub elbows with each other, even though there were more than three projects in the same bulding.

    Cons

    Minimal promotions, technical training, personal growth. Lack of corporate management agreeing with local management on agreements made with employees. Corporate management terminating programs, bonuses, and other benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't continue the one size fits all mentality, it's just not going to work well in the long run for your people. Give the project managers more control over bonuses and program managers control over promotions. Think how much better the employees will do with someone coming to see them, see what they are doing, and know them by name, rather tha being just another number and something to profit from.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAE

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    Current Employee - TA Lead  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - TA Lead in Reston, VA

    Pros

    Very diverse environment and challenging work.

    Cons

    Current processes are not clear, and seem to change quite regularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear rules of engagement will be welcomed by our staff

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  5.  

    A Most Exciting and Rewarding Place to Work`

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Ontario, CA

    Pros

    Time flies when you are busy and for over 24 years at BAE, I was. Pay was great, benefits good, people with whom I worked simply exceptional

    Cons

    Since it is a business doing primarily defense work, employment hinges on political events and 'changes in the direction' of government fiscal policy, things out of the worker's control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening. A major shift toward making employees' voices heard is critical to sustained growth and BAE Systems does and should continue to do so.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding experience working for a stellar corporate giant and leader in their industry.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diverse product lines, divisions, customers and employees.
    Focus on improvement, education, advancement and rewards.

    Cons

    The only con I noticed is the situation faced by all defense contractors in today's day and age of government cut backs….contracts are becoming more competitive, and companies are unable to give the pay raises they'd like to for some employees working on some contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue educating employees, as you do, about the fantastic core values and the growth and reward opportunities available to them. These are wonderful aspects of working at BAE, and are worth promoting often!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Culture varies site to site

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    -Appropriate Pay
    -Decent Benefits
    -Job security for talented people

    Cons

    -Not a very agile company
    -Talented people have left the company and continue to do so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and expand into new markets by hiring new top tier people

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I had a really good experience there. The environment is really professional. Coworkers were really friendly.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    always learning, fast pace, no room for errors.

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    Former Employee - Assembly/Solder  in  Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Assembly/Solder in Fort Wayne, IN

    Pros

    good money,, I retired after 16 years, getting a pension ...health insurance

    Cons

    union was good but some times hurt the relations between company and employee...........

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect the fact that the employees took a a big interest in making their work stations personal to them.
    the company wanted us to not put up family pictures and personalize our work stations...I do understand why...so any person and work anywhere, put it is human nature to "mark your space, make the work you do more like owning it, makes each employee feel like a person not a number.....they should had more cross training also

    Recommends
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  10.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect  in  Beavercreek, OH
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Beavercreek, OH

    Pros

    the pay was good for me

    Cons

    some times the hours were long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more advisement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, management does an excellent job trying to find work for you if your project ends, very flexible work hours, 9/80 pay periods so you get every other Friday off, good benefits (medical, dental, vision, 401k), management is actively trying to improve company culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Benefits have been cut several times over the years, the amount of work the company has is dependent on the size of the government's military budget, work can be very slow sometimes, upward mobility is limited - it seems to be based more on years with the company than merit, raises are small

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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