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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence London Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed environment with a great work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Interesting work, clients and opportunities (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can easily go out the window (in 16 reviews)

  • Glass ceiling of senior management (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "BAE AI - Great place to work and advance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career and support network with a varied career and project portfolio.
    Opportunities to move between career and Project areas.
    Excellent salary and benefits packages.
    Great career opportunities to advance and with full L&D.

    Cons

    None to date. Possibly more social and teamwork events?

    Advice to Management

    Use new and current joiners to the company to review and look at processes and gaps with a new fresh pair of eyes. Take this advice and progress and develop better together.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good work life balance where you could work from home. Probably one of the only decent consultancies where you could leave at 5:30.

    Cons

    Talented graduates in admin roles, completely wasting fresh talent.
    Senior management in some accounts are unprofessional, demeaning and uninspiring.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Getting worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable organisation
    Interesting clients
    Interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    Inexperienced management team results in poor consultant management
    Poor career progression options after the junior grades
    A focus on box-ticking and micro-management of time
    Little training and hardly any budget allocated for personal development
    Year-on-year reduction in employee autonomy and practice autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in new members of the management team horizontally from areas on the business that have no domain knowledge and no experience of consultancy or professional services.

    Stop focusing on metrics which do not indicate long-term growth.


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  5. "A great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, the work is very interesting,

    Cons

    Salaries need to be in line with competitors,


  6. "Ambitious company with growing pains"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some interesting work in cyber and financial crime.

    Cons

    Company is growing through painful transitions as it tries to accelerate growth

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a meaningful strategy!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As someone that started as a graduate, I found it a superb place to start my career with varying work, some great minds and a great community. Over the years some of the work was fascinating and really challenged intellectually. I felt reasonably well financially incentivised. Overall, I am extremely grateful to the company which has given me the experiences to have every chance of a very successful career.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in the latter years the business seemed to focus on products and sales rather than the specialist consulting that Detica was built on. Account management seems to drive roles and resourcing, meaning that people ended up doing roles just to balance a resourcing spreadsheet. Whilst this is not true for everyone, I found myself in role after role that I was not interested in, would not benefit my career and did not motivate me to perform.

    In the end, I was extremely sad that I felt like I had no choice but to leave in order to pursue interesting consulting work. For this reason I feel like I could not score the company any higher than 3 stars when in reality aspects of the company were fantastic.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the company heritage and what made the company great


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great people and amazing potential but total lack of leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Delivery in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazingly bright and committed people, especially those from Detica and Norcom

    Blue chip and loyal customers who recognise the value of the people and the work

    Great skills in big data and digital as well as the better known cyber and financial crime fields

    Very collegiate at the working level

    Cons

    In attempt to turn into a software company they have hired an exec team who just don't get what they actually have to sell. It's a high end high value solutions business but being driven either by people joining from commodity security players or by people from BAE who just don't have any experience in the IT industry, hence they keep hiring the wrong people in important positions

    As a result the business is not any where near achieving its potential and its skilled workforce are becoming increasingly frustrated

    Advice to Management

    Recognise what we are good at and focus on that. Hire or even better promote the people who get that. Do not keep hiring people who don't have the experience or intellect to lead in a high end solutions business

    Be more present. The leadership team is perceived as absent and aloof. You would understand the business better if you got out on the floor more and spent less time playing power games with each other

    This business can still be amazing. It's not too late if you recognise that some big mistakes have been made. That primarily means cleaning out some of the toxic people in key positions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are all very supportive, friendly and intelligent. You have the ability to shape your own career, with a range of different customers to work with.

    Cons

    Due to being integrated with the larger BAE Systems group there is a lot of change in the organisation.


  10. "Nice Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with a great work life balance

    Cons

    Can be difficult as a grad finding a role you enjoy

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to sell graduates to clients


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people that value the work they do and helping to coach the junior grades, less and less remain given lack of opportunities and savaging of the culture.
    From what I have seen you can join as a grad, not do much and get promoted off the back of that.

    Cons

    Fat-cat middle/senior management who are happy to do not much and pick up an over-inflated salary. Lack of Strategic direction, the company has changed from being a 'thinker' to a 'doer'. Clients now trust the hard thinking to other firms and use BAE to implement it.
    Too many free-riders.

    Advice to Management

    At the top they need to stop protecting incompetence and get rid of people who are not adding value. The company still has the potential to be great but is held back by the people who got rich on the rapid growth when Detica was acquired.



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