BAE Systems USA Reviews in York-Hanover, PA

Updated June 22, 2014
Updated June 22, 2014
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Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule which gives employees every other Friday off is a great benefit (in 43 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 36 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Mechanical Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in York, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible with hours. Interesting projects. Management was very reasonable.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape because its a military contractor. Lots of meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less conservative about taking on multiple projects and setting deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Things were good until DoD budgets and program indecisions impacted business.

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    Former Employee - Transportation Manager in York, PA
    Former Employee - Transportation Manager in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good work and personal time balance.

    Cons

    Site I worked at was very political with few really trusted partners, especially as business began to decrease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore other products to manufacture besides tanks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A decent (but not great) place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in York, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in York, PA

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

    Pros

    Great employees who (for the most part) all enjoy working together and will help each other out.

    Cons

    Upper management has poor communication with the employees. They let rumors spread and do nothing to confirm or deny them no matter how damaging the rumor is. In recent years upper management has taken away benefits such as holidays, pension, and vacation time. They have also severely limited the health coverage at the expense of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees and stop letting rumors spread. Stop telling them that you do not understand why they are not happy when benefits are reduced or removed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    BAE

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    Former Employee - Illustrator IV in York, PA
    Former Employee - Illustrator IV in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a pleasure to be employed at BAE. Work environment was safe and peaceful.

    Cons

    As hard as it seems to be there were no cons associated with this company. I would work there again without a doubt.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Philosophy versus results

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in York, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting contracts and reliable data resources.
    Ergonomic office, well supplied software and hardware, solid backbone.

    Cons

    Unfriendly and/or incapable personnel.
    Corporate philosophy overrides logic and proven method(s).
    North American division's vision substitutes profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with attempts to diversify the engineering department and areas of leadership, placing those who are nominal and promoting individuals based upon their sex and conforming to a bad philosophy. It is counterproductive and is not profitable whatsoever. Do away with diversification and other parallel philosophies. Rely on multiple intelligences, character, and proven methods. Concentrate on the strengths of people and enable real team building not politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in York, PA
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management was very helpful in helping me understand business model.

    Cons

    Time management of projects needs a little work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good salaries, solid benefits, cool products.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in York, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in York, PA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, cool products

    Cons

    Very large company, easy to get lost in the mix.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Just a little fish

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for the area.
    Protecting those who protect us is a noble job.
    A few great managers help dealing with the difficult a little bit easier.
    Real concern from Management on Ethics and Safety.

    Cons

    Reorganizations have not been well executed and many feel they have been lost in the shuffle.
    Lack of functional area support from the top down in Engineering.
    No clear strategy and direction for the future.
    Organizational processes are in disarray and a constant source of frustration for multiple levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the basics like the organizational processes and conduct a quick audit yourself of how different areas and projects implement the processes. Don't depend on the words of others but look for yourself. Appears to be confusion on interpretation of mandates and standard requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good solid company

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in York, PA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in York, PA

    I worked at BAE Systems USA

    Pros

    Good solid company. Great work environment and people. The defense industry is slow moving compared to the auto industry, for instance, but it's the same at General Dynamics and all the others. Lots of contractors fill the teams - some good, some bad - like anywhere else. I wasn't there long enough to comment on long-term viability but BAE at this location was hit with layoffs after I left... then again, so were many other defense companies.

    Cons

    At the time I was working there they had terribly slow, incredibly inefficient CAD (Pro/E) data storage/management networking. I don't say software because I've used Windchill at other companies, but the infrastructure and networking setup between BAE and their other Michigan location was dreadful. I'm talking 20 minutes to pull a relatively simple assembly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to let crappy contractors go and pat the good ones on the back.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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