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BAE Systems UK Barrow in Furness Reviews

Updated January 16, 2017
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Barrow in Furness, England (UK)

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Pros
  • Decent work life balance and reasonable benefits (in 25 reviews)

  • Good flexible working, nice location, can be interesting work (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Inconsistency between business units (in 8 reviews)

  • They are a large company and sometimes it feels as if you are a number and not a person (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best job for people local to Barrow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Higher Apprentice in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Apprentice in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Open-minded and friendly people
    Decent amount of holidays
    Competitive pay
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Security clearance is a lengthy and cumbersome process
    Not allowed phone in certain areas - oblivious to any family emergency that may arise

    Advice to Management

    Allow more people to connect to the WiFi and rely less on Ethernet cables.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and likeable staff, at least in my office. I have a job that provides varied work with ranging levels of difficulty which i find to suit me down to the ground. i managed to progress, only due to the efforts of my manager.

    Cons

    the shipyard runs as though it was a Victorian era company. managers, who to be quite frank have little to zero people skills, that for some bizarre reason have this idea that barking orders gets things done. the pay for me is okay as i am in a staff role, and only 24, but progression is heavily favoured to those who "know's someone" or their dad is senior. and for god sake can the union's calm down ??? people don't need sacking for minor reasons. one last gripe, and in no way, shape or form am i sexist but promotions heavily favour the woman due to the industry being male dominated. this can lead to unsuitable people being promoted into a position they are not ready for.

    Advice to Management

    total overhaul of the dinosaurs that have been promoted into managers positions as they have been there 30 years. it makes no sense and in no way does this loyalty to the company enable them to effectively manage a project or staff. more leaders less managers.


  3. "Steady Away"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very independent working, flexi-time working and holidays by the hour

    Cons

    Not much training (manager dependant), a very repetitive Job and a very long lead time


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love Barrow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly technical project. Decent salary. If you have the right manager you should be a CEO in no time!

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere, progression is manger dépendant so only if you have a manager who understands how everyone progresses up the ladder in BAE then it is worth being there. Long lead project so you may get stuck with some very boring admin work if there for only a short period. Not recommended for a start off career unless you get in when there is interesting work which is a hit and miss or you plan to be in Barrow-in-Furness for 10+years. The Benefits available are very crap for a company as big as BAE systems. Recent efforts have shown they are doing something about it but it is extremely slow and not well thought through. A vast majority of the barrow locals are very backwards and stuck in a shipyard mentality.

    Advice to Management

    All managers need to be on the same wavelength! Managers need to understand if a team member is unhappy then something needs to be done about it. The attrition rate is so high at BAE and it is simply due to lack of management knowledge regarding retention. Managers need to be flexible because it when they are too strict then it only creates a very crap atmosphere.


  6. "Great firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company. Good level of resource. Plenty of opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    Many of the different aspects of BAE (Land Systems, surface ships, Submarine solutions, etc) operate a little more separately than ideal if you want to move around. Still doable though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Steering and Diving Control Systems Owner in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Steering and Diving Control Systems Owner in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great training, good experience, share scheme, technical

    Cons

    It is a bit out the way


  8. "Submarines"

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    Former Contractor - Pipefitter in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Pipefitter in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BAE Systems UK as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, Good wages and a clean environment

    Cons

    Contract ends without warning
    Little in the way of progression / training


  9. "Good, not great. Stressful, too many 'people' issues."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary, good friendships and relationships with SOME employees, good prospects starting from shop floor

    Cons

    Dead-mans shoes (business is good at making team leaders from shop floor but not moving forwards after, ever increasing stress from above AND below, ever increasing workload without ever increasing help.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more clerks. Put team leaders back on shop floor and out of the office


  10. "Pretty good, but keen to rush"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, kind bosses, flexible working hours, interesting work, and a pretty decent social scene when a night out goes ahead.

    Cons

    Barrow-in-Furness can be a dull place with little to do for those who are used to cities, especially university cities. There is almost nothing of art or culture, and very poor shopping.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money in the town, and slow down during projects: at times it feels like there is inertia within the organization that is so large that when it's moving it's impossible to stop.


  11. "Flexi time and four day week option."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Barrow in Furness, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays
    Share save scheme
    25days annual leave.

    Cons

    4 day week only available to new starters who move to the area or people who live more than x miles away.
    Company pension Bae contribute a max of 8%. Other local firms contribute up to 13.5%

    Advice to Management

    Pay could be more competitive with other engineering companies.
    Contribute more to our DC pension!


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