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BAE Systems USA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
720 Reviews

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but laid off too many people.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Good training, good benefits, fair with salaries and promotions across peers, flexible schedule, supportive with educational goals, and good bonuses based on company performance.

    Cons

    Matrix organization is disorganized and confusing, hiring binges resulted in mass layoffs, leadship positions change too often, bulk of work was not very technical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Projects involving rapid fielding must have a specific protocol for release that streamlines the process to release the TDP with little resistance.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    Good place to learn

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    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Learned a lot of good engineering skills. Good engineering support infrastructure including comprehensive test facility, engineering analysis, supply chain, and manufacturing. Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Constant pressure from management to reduce labor cost and reduce number of employees due to defense budget cut. Company is struggling to survive in the downward defense business cycle. Limited upward movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has made poor decisions in the past few years but seems to be making a good reorganization lately with hiring better management team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Think outside the box

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    How awesome is it to work on Tanks to help our troops and country? To save lives on the battlefield. It was wonderful working with the people there. The assemblers, machinists, designers and engineers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management will keep you building the same box over and over to use up budget. Do they value their employees? They renovated a large broom closet to make it into an office for drafters. The room they were taken out of was made into a lounge area for management.
    They don't really listen to new ideas unless your a manager (and they don't listen to their employees). They have not won any new big contracts in a while because they won't get out of the old government contract mentality...use up all the budget, then ask for more, and they won't look at new innovative designs. No room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees (all of them), use their ideas, be innovative. Stop making the same old box or you will not be getting out of this rut. Hire back designers, drafters, engineers that knew what they were doing, listen to them. Moving to the middle of nowhere to hire people cheaply so your upper management can get bigger bonuses was a HUGE waste of time and money. Now your moving back to the area, and trying to pay people even less than what you were paying them here before you left, and even that was not the going rate for the area (not the industry, but the area). You want top notch people, you need to pay for them. You want to succeed and thrive? Hire those top notch people and listen to them and their ideas. It is a new battlefield, a new world. Stop trying to make what worked 30 years ago!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long term employee of FMC / United Defense / BAE Systems in Santa Clara

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Over the years the company was a great place and a place where young engineers could learn. Work can be very interesting.

    Cons

    Over the last 3+ years they have laid off far too many of the most experienced and competent people. Now they plan to do more of the same in order to reduce rates. Our customers are losing confidence in us and our commitment to them. The experience and expertise of employees is no longer respected. Those who have been the most successful and therefore promoted now find their jobs at risk. Those who have not been promoted are safer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you loose all of your expertise! It may be close to too late now. You can only manage by the bottom line for a few more years before you destroy all of our capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    World class company with world class processes from successful business units who have been around

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Strong business policy and standards. Everything has it's place, from safety training, to the recruiting process. Strong growth opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Mediocre talent pool dependant on the business unit. Inconcistant business policies, and lots of policy/management shifts as BAE becomes stable (The company is relatively new and made up of several older companies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put strong talent up top. No more 'boys' club. The management line on an older business unit was successful for a reason, try to adapt the large company culture to that, rather than force it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    My 30 years at FMC/United Defense/BAE - Santa Clara, CA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    BAE WAS a good company that cared for it's employees about 10 years ago. It has good Engineers and employees that do a good job and always keep the soldier in mind.

    Cons

    The downside to this company is that they have laid off their knowledge base by letting go employees that had years of experience. They have hired new employees which are paid significantly less and don't have loyalty towards the company. Layoffs are done on a day's notice with no consideration to the employees. They keep the layoffs under 50; therefore, not having to abide by the WARN notice to employees. Not a fun place to work anymore as you never know when will be your last day. If you have more than 20 years as an employee, you can count on being on the layoff list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost many of your contracts including STS and A3. The government questions your ability to build new products. You need to remember that it was your employees that made you successful at one time. Stop chipping away at your knowledge base and show more consideration towards your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good working environment but a rigid structure is being put in place...for the worst.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    The engineers are smart and dedicated but management quality is unequal. Without being overly generous with employees salaries are good but benefits in kind are close to non-existent and health benefits is getting worst.

    Cons

    The movement in the industry is rationalisation. BAE systems took the massive cost cutting and increased structural rigidity route forgetting about investment and R&D a.k.a the core of the business.
    Benefits were slashed from 2010 to 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility is good for business! Remember it!!

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

    It is a good place to work if you don't have the pressure we had due to recent layoffs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Good work environment. People are in general pretty friendly and willing to help understand the intricacies of working for a government contractor.

    Cons

    Company has no regards for its employees when it comes to layoffs. Too many managers and too many levels of management. No clear understand about the future of this site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indians can't make a company successful. Watch out!!

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out well, regrettably regressed.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    -Co workers were extremely helpful
    -Immediate managers were willing to assist and many managers at the site were more than fair
    -When initially hired, the culture was tight knit and people were close
    -New challenges made for a dynamic work environment I will fondly remember

    Cons

    -Upper management (offsite) extremely dishonest toward employees
    -After reorg new management arrived and created a culture about bean counting and less about engineering solutions
    -Lack of communication on some programs - made it difficult to model things when nobody tells you that they have placed other equipment in your spot
    -Layoffs handled very poorly - no warning for most and those with warning weren't told their last day until they were escorted from their desks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being honest to employees and offering constant support is the proper way to run a company. Walking all over employees does not create a successful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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