BAE Systems USA

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It's goverment contracting ...

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

Pros

Fixed schedule due to how government contracting works. All hours are accounted for, which means overtime has to be approved on a contract. 9/80 schedule can be a benefit if people are used to working long hours a day. Opportunities to work on different technologies from a variety of contract wins. Good 401k match. Vacation times are great for tenured employees.

Cons

Mobility between projects is both a boon and a bane. Talentless employees are often retained due to government mandates on minority/gender quotas. Employees are mired in an attitude of apathy being caught in an upper management political machine where middle managers attempt to carve out their own fiefdoms. As with all government contractors, waste is rampant. Success of projects are dictated by how much money the company can bilk out of taxpayers. Innovation is scarce; security dictates that any open source related technologies must go through a tedious process of scrutiny before inclusion in any type of classified environment. Serious ra-ra! attitude in support of the "warfighter" in an attempt to justify poor practices. Health benefits are terrible and vacation time for new employees is abysmal. Pay scales are below industry standards. Review practices are archaic with a rating system pitting employee against employee where upper management "ranks" each person with quotas for the amount of exceptional to abysmal ratings awarded.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop taking the taxpayers to town. Get rid of the old guard. Start hiring talented young people by attracting them with incentives. Increase employee pay. Get rid of your rating system and start evaluating employees on a per person basis. It makes sense that if you hire a bunch of talented employees, they should all be "exceptional" on your current rating system without having to worry about some silly quota to fill.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for BAE Systems USA

  1.  

    Large defense contractor, still maturing but making great strides and entering new defense markets.

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, smart technology, critical mission, lightly structured, world-wide presence and name recognition, largely varied market involvement.

    Cons

    BAE operates as a collection of small and medium-sized, independent companies and penalizes working together with other business inside of the company. Internal competition is stronger than company loyalty and commitment to a particular BAE brand, product or service. BAE operates as a conglomerate, not a monolithic corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build trust with other sectors and lines of business through collaboration and tearing down internal borders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    My experience at BAE Systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Endicott, NY

    Pros

    My experience at BAE Systems is like belonging to a family. There good managers which actually care about you and your career path.

    Cons

    They tend to begin a project without fully knowing the actual work scope and required trained staffing. To meet unrealistic schedule deadlines they place the burden on the workers to make up lost time by forcing mandatory overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide adequate staffing to a project prior to program kickoff. Provide adequate training to workers and use overtime only as last resort.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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