BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
723 Reviews

3.4
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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.  

    good

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

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

    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
  2.  

    Going downhill fast. Management is panicked.

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Endicott, NY

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

    Pros

    Some opportunity for interesting engineering. Average technical salaries.

    Cons

    A few years back, BAE was a mid-level place for a college graduate to begin their engineering career. But now the company is caught in a vicious cycle of lost business leading to panicking management leading to unmotivated employees. The facts are available online. Business potential is down so cost-cutting, punitive layoffs, and scapegoating are increasing. Most managers have become bullies or tyrants in a misguided attempt to demonstrate they are reacting to the challenge. Sadly, these are the managers that are rewarded for their misapplied, but highly visible urgency. Ask the HR rep for annual employee surveys and it's obvious that trust and ethical behavior are declining. My engineering peers' emotions range from apathy to frustration to suppressed anger. It is depressing to realize BAE sold known unreliable products to major cities in order to make sales targets, then played a political cover-up game. Best advice from a long timer is 'tell them what they want to hear and take their money'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's the old cliche, the first step is admitting a problem exists. After 10 years of data on the annual surveys, the problems continue to be whitewashed or scapegoated. It's clear nothing will change and advice to BAE is fruitless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware! Unethical Leaderdship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok. If you are a non-black male you can progress quite nicely.

    Cons

    The culture is toxic. It wasn't always this way but within the last 3 years of my employment leadership regularly conducted themselves in a manner which creates a hostile work environment for minorities and females. Internal reporting of such behavior results in retaliation from management versus truly addressing the problems. Their "diversity and inclusion" efforts are a joke, meant only to give the outward impression that they are inclusive rather than actual practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read and adhere to your own Code of Conduct. You need to hold "leaders" accountable for their behavior. I guess values go out the window when times are tough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture lacks integrity, honesty and accountability from the top down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    You will survive if you are "politically correct"

    Cons

    Ethics Compliance reporting is flawed. Retaliation is tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that if someone takes the time to address a concern it is because they truly care.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Hires individuals without degrees to manage contracts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radford, VA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    Friends who live in the area work there, not much choice

    Cons

    Poor HR Management and Leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but management couldn't care less

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    It's a big company, so there are opportunities to move laterally and expand your knowledge base.

    Cons

    The company instituted big pay cuts this year, and simultaneously advised they were doing away with bonuses, promotions, and pay raises for the near future. Managers keep disappearing (fired or quit) and are not replaced, morale is dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some of your profits into taking care of your people. Streamline the bureaucratic processes that marginalize your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Conservative company, but a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance; most people don't work more than 40.0 hour weeks because they are staffed enough not to need to.

    Cons

    Company is so conservative and senior leadership doesn't seem to be responsible for performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow change, particularly in Compliance, Quality and Operations leadership. People should be responsible for their performance.

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

    Competitive but supportive

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Staff Analyst  in  Wayne, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Staff Analyst in Wayne, NJ

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

    Pros

    Employees are always willing to help and resolve problems

    Cons

    Management not telling the truth about the business and not being on the ball as far as manpower utilization

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    going downhill

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist  in  Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    comparable benefits with other defense contractors though they have been cut several times over the past years.
    Generally good work environment and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership at the local level. lack of recognition of individual efforts. Frequent uncompensated overtime required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work at. Takes good care of employees.

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    Former Employee - Staf Analysis Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staf Analysis Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The work is very interesting for mechanical engineers, project managers. The nature of the work is challenging but the people you work with make it so much easier. It does not matter if you are a contractor or an employee, the work is the same.

    Cons

    The DoD defense budgets have been shrinking every year. There are RIF's going on every so and so. I was a contractor and was let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not only look after yourselves, take care of the people below as they are the main contributors to the company success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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