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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence London Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Work life balance can get messy once getting to more responsible positions (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management needs reviewing (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, salary could be better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company works on some interesting pieces of work and has some parts which have great social lives.

    Cons

    The salaries do not increase at a rate that makes it worth staying rather than jumping ship.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how you can increase salaries to make it worthwhile for people to stay


  2. "Lots of potential ruined by poor management, vapid and meaningless strategy"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some excellent projects and people
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Very poor management and HR/operations

    Impersonal, often uncollaborative environment

    Uncompetitive salary

    Poor development

    Developers promised development roles and stuck in support roles

    Advice to Management

    Reacquaint employees and especially senior management with the corporate strategy & objectives

    Scrap the operations department and start again

    Look after your employees, don't forget about them, give them support, especially your new and junior employees

    Invest in your employees, invest in and consider training and development, rather than just saying you do it, actually do it. This is one reason for the high attrition rates, empty promises.

    Stop cutting costs which severely reduce capability, while it looks cost effective it causes inefficiency and costs further down the line, and is massively counter productive

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    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and some of the old culture with still exists

    Cons

    Good talent is leaving or has left. Too many middle management employees promoted to senior positions which has lead to terrible strategic decisions and huge amounts of money being wasted on senior personnel who contribute very little in real terms and yet seem to get 'recognised' for this. The place is run and achieves on the backs of its talented grads

    Advice to Management

    the issue lies at the senior and middle management level. There needs to be a clean out or else the talented grads will disappear and it will become harder to replace them with the same quality.


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    "Lack of project flexibility and losing talent"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting client base and projects to work on

    Cons

    You may find yourself forced in a role not aligned with your personal development for months .
    Experienced developers replaced with juniors.
    Poor salary progression.
    Lack of office space


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    "Bureaucratic leadership who don't understand their own products"

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some interesting bespoke projects, particularly in the government space

    Cons

    After multiple acquisitions, the organisation is bloated with senior managers who (a) don't understand the products, and (b) are more concerned about box ticking than building the best possible software

    Some products have been neglected and have gone from market leaders to being woefully behind the curve.

    Engineering salaries have been stagnant for the past 2/3 years

    Advice to Management

    - Trim the senior management
    - Stop restructuring the business
    - Invest in your engineers and give them the tools to do their job


  6. "Great people and projects if you get lucky"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really clever people to work with and some really good projects to get your hands on.
    Reasonable work-life balance when compared to the competition, especially in consulting.

    Cons

    Some over promoted middle managers with not enough experience to lead or no experience in the area they look after. They are driving away the right people that are managed by them.

    Current morale not great.

    Advice to Management

    Great strategy in place to try to make the business profitable again.

    These are tough times and there needs to be more incentives if you are to keep the right people.


  7. "Working at BAE Systems AI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very talented group of people
    Good like work balance

    Cons

    You can get stuck doing the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage promotion

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Struggling"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very good people and some interesting work.

    Cons

    Struggling for profit and to control costs

    Advice to Management

    There's only so far you can cut engineering; so many other overheads that don't really do anything!


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    "Troubling times"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bags of potential, the right people, in the right markets and in an industry where they should fly. Sadly missed opportunities.

    Cons

    An obsession with cost cutting has degraded the business potential in every possible way.
    Simple operational tasks waste time at every turn, the agility and can do attitude of the business has all but vanished, replaced with a downtrodden acceptance that nothing will get done because every project large or small will be bogged down in nightmarish levels of administrative overhead which has led to budget overruns and deadlines disappearing over the horizon.
    The business has slowed to a crawl, all aspirations of the quality in years gone by seems to have gone.
    Morale in the part of the business I worked in was absolutely rock bottom by the time I left and I hear has, somehow, gotten worse since then.
    Looming redundancies, staff who know their necks are on the chopping block sworn into NDA and a rampant rumor mill has become the norm.
    Dubious agreements keep getting signed with third parties/outsourcers/trusted partners who underperform at every hurdle, drain the business of money, time and energy but yet somehow continue to get duffle bags of money passed their way.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the staff in the business like adults. Stop giving transparent half truths that nobody is buying anymore.
    Reward staff properly, too many people are doing roles far above their job description, grade or day to day responsibility.
    Remove from the leadership team anyone who isn't in the business of growing AI into the premier cyber security / big data business it should and could be.
    Trust and reinvigorate the staff who are the business and make up all the potential.


  10. "Great learning opportunities for those who can manage their own career direction."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning and training opportunities for those who are capable of managing their own careers. With enough initiative, there are plenty of options to move between different roles or work within different client groups if one wishes to widen their experiences - however one must be proactive to take advantage of this.
    The people make it - many senior managers who are genuine, friendly and willing to support younger consultants, although changing a little as more of the 'old-guard' are moving on as the company expands.

    Cons

    Despite operationally being a little removed from the parent company, one must be comfortable being on the payroll of an arms manufacturer.
    Some junior consultants who are yet to work out their career path have difficulty finding their place in the workforce without suitable mentors to guide them, although I hear that the new graduate schemes are doing more to improve that.


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