BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Software Test Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very important work done on military vehicles used to protect our soldiers; extremely flexible hours, makes for a great work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to move up unless you plan to work there for the long term


  2. Good Company Despite Bad Circumstances

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Good advancement opportunities if willing to relocate for career
    -Clear company policies and controls
    -Advance notice was provided to employees when their jobs were being eliminated during plant consolidation, as well as severance packages

    Cons

    -Accounting group was required to close books monthly within two days with no flexibility regardless of holidays
    -Controls and policies often proved to be costly and time-consuming, which allowed competitors to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive industry.

    Advice to Management

    -Provide comp time for accounting staff when they're going above and beyond working 14 hour days to close in two days
    -Modify policies to allow for a faster paced business environment, while still maintaining solid controls; this would be less labor intensive, therefore lowering costs, as well as increase competitive advantage


  3. Senior Engineering Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, interesting work, employees treated fairly

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, slow to adapt to changing workforce, excessive corporate rules inhibit local culture, centralized corporate functions are inefficient and cumbersome

    Advice to Management

    Give local management teams more autonomy in IT and HR functions


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  5. Very good to the employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Treated people well
    - Kept you for a long time after project ended. Not like other government contract firms that dump you the day the contract ends
    - Pay well

    Cons

    - Same disadvantages of all contract firms, employment is good as long as you are on a proejct


  6. Finance Intern

    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Binghamton, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Binghamton, NY

    I worked at BAE Systems USA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship was a good learning experience, I was able to use a couple different often computer systems which was useful and I learned alot.

    Cons

    Very dated workforce and often times they did not have enough tasks for me. Also, were very unresponsive and rude once they knew I was not considering the leadership program very heavily.


  7. Tech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Haverhill, MA
    Current Employee - Technician in Haverhill, MA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible with work schedule. Get to work with smart people.

    Cons

    Stressful, management is disconnected and disorganized. Lots of pressure on the floor personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Visit the floor once in a while


  8. Helpful (2)

    Has gone the way most Defense Companies have.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome people and intellectually stimulating.
    Schedule is pretty predictable day to day.
    Not impossible to have a Vacation and we have a Mandatory Christmas shutdown the last week of December which is rejuvenating.
    There's a chance to do something great in cutting edge fields for certain products.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance in Santa Clara
    Stagnant salaries with no indication of improvement
    No incentive to push yourself since it will not mean advancement or significant salary increases.
    Management is done by people in another part of the country who don't really know you, nor do they care to know you. They are also very cutthroat about everything, oftentimes justifying their existence.
    When someone retires or quits here, their job opens up in another part of the country.
    Working with the East Coast means your basic human needs are not met on California time...i.e. Lunch after 2pm or its being done at your desk or during a meeting, but East Coast gets their lunch by 9am.
    Lunch is not provided in any meetings that are held during the lunch hour.
    Salary is not competitive with basic living expenses in this area.
    Mandatory 9/80 work schedule (it would be a Pro, if it was a choice)
    Benefits are bare bones (1 provider to choose from, high cost burden for a decent plan)

    Advice to Management

    Please hire Management that has some genuine people skills and bring representation of them to our site. You used to do this well, but now I'm experiencing one bad manager after another, most likely because of the penny pinching culture which turns into micromanagement of tasks in projects. Sure, they can find resources and push metrics, but at the end of the day, the employee feels manhandled, hustled and over time...abused.

    Create incentives for people to stay (advancement, salary increases) or close up shop all together. Great Place to Work is cute, but when you are worried about your basic living expenses because your pay is not covering it, that other stuff doesn't matter...I believe they call this Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

    Provide lunch for lunch time meetings or prohibit lunch meetings.


  9. BAE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant
    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant

    I worked at BAE Systems USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on new military equipment

    Cons

    They don't wat you to advance from your windowless lab


  10. Pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule and life balance.

    Cons

    The compensation is not the greatest.


  11. Typical defense contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They pay you for overtime, which is very nice when the inevitable overtime hits. The work is interesting, and they provide decent equipment to work on. Benefits are so-so.

    Cons

    Employee reviews are pointless and you have to suffer through them every year. The reviews are pointless because it makes a minimal impact to your salary increase. Why do they make you rate yourself?

    Can get boring in between contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the pointless employee self-review system. It's just a big waste of time and effort when there are plenty of productive things to work on.



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