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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence London Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  • Work life balance can easily go out the window (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management do not appear to have an agreed position and direction is often changed (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "A place where exceptionally talented people work together to deliver the very best they can."

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Without a doubt, the people at BAE AI are absolutely the very best (technical, BA's, Project Managers, Pre-Sales, Engineering) - everyone is of exceptional high calibre - energetic, passionate, team players and driven to deliver the very best to the team they work in and ultimately to the customer. Julian Cracknell recently took the helm as Managing Director (June 2017) - Julian has been with the firm 5 years - he is a people person and will undoubtedly implement a very positive culture and address challenges head on.

    Cons

    People are working extremely hard to deliver to customers, I don't believe they get the recognition they deserve from a salary perspective, bonuses are based on company wide success, but given the difficulty of building business in the US, the bonus pool for UK and Asia Pac is impacted.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with the staff more, walk the floor, make yourself known. Speak with project leads and then go and meet the people who are delivering the projects.


  2. Helpful (22)

    "A Case Study in Mismanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's actually quite interesting to watch a defence behemoth parachute managers into its ailing tech consultancy and apply their prior experience of building submarines into the world of computers. Who'd have thought cutting bonuses and frills, and adding management layers and process would be the solution?

    To be fair, the people are good, though long-suffering, but the standard has dropped off a cliff-edge recently.

    Cons

    When you hear that the strategy is to become a billion-pound business within five years, you are naturally eager to hear more. There isn't any more to hear.

    The company completely lacks direction, and it starts at the top: BAE may have had a good idea in buying Detica, but if they've proved anything it's that they can't run it. Other than into the ground that is.

    And then there's the corporate IT. It really puts the 'NO' back into 'Information Technology'. I'm not allowed to say how much they spend [waste] per person per year. But I do know the prices of second-hand family cars...

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic targets. Cut the deadwood, massively overpaid, over-promoted middle management. Be more agile. In fact, be at least a bit agile. Take risks. Increasing the price to the customer only stops you losing money if it doesn't stop you winning work. [Hint: Why do you think you made a multi-million loss last year? If only you'd had some more revenue to pay for your vast, bloated overhead...]

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Meritocracy has given way to cronyism and political players"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Still a strong core of important and challenging new tech projects and problem solving in the UK Gov business. Flashes of brilliance from individuals at the coalface.

    Cons

    Commercial business and central functions (esp. product) shy away from describing the key issues that aren't being addressed and appear more focused on job preservation and empire building than making the personally risky decisions required. New leadership hires lack experience selling complex enterprise software and services which is worsened by hiring ex-colleague yes men. Too easy for low effort and poor attitude to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and urgently address the macho/formulaic sales culture and simplistic approach to rewarding high performance. Make smarter hires and reward and recognise teams and good leaders rather than individuals. Articulate the key 2 or 3 insights that form a foundation of a strategy no one else in the industry could deliver and make the difficult and risky changes needed to make it happen. Identify what is needed to rediscover a culture of excellence and focus on that.


  4. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and the kind of work, the variety

    Cons

    Operational processes, support processes, product management


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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Getting worse"

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    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.

  8. "A great place to work"

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    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,


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Ambitious company with growing pains"

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    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!


  10. Helpful (14)

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

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    • 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


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