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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent work life balance and reasonable benefits (in 26 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Poor Senior Management skills, poor decision making (in 10 reviews)

  • They are a large company and sometimes it feels as if you are a number and not a person (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Labor Relations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Large organization, very dynamic workplace

    Cons

    Military and government red tape on occasion


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Systems Admin I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems UK (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The hours can be flexible depending on where you work and who your boss is. The location of the facility is about 20 minutes from downtown.

    Cons

    Management. Management is really the major problem if this company. There is hardly any communication between seniors and subordinates. If there are layoffs, you aren't noted a head of time so you can plan accordingly, especially if you have family. For two or three years, the company has been reducing it's staff to "remain competitive" yet the company is still not competitive. When I started, BAE was number 3 in top defense contractors in the US and that number has feel sharply.

  3. "Ship Repair Needs an Overhail"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time

    Pros

    Busy and bustling with work.

    Cons

    Processes are out dated. Senior management needs more project management professionals and less retired naval officers who are the authors of the problems in naval ship repair. ERP is broken. Management salaries are a con for those forced to work 70+ hrs per week.

    Advice to Management

    Top down performance evaluation needed for Ship Repair management from corporate level. Otherwise Ship Repair will suffer the same fate as the big 3 auto makers.


  4. "Good start in contract management"

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    Former Employee - Contracts in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No micro management, departments work well together as they have been working the same contracts for decades. Great place to start your contract management career. Tuition assistance and 401k match are good. Other benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Work day can be monotonous if you're not self motivated to learn more.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for talent to keep them.


  5. "Janice Jackson 2015"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Contracts Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Contracts Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Grew in the Contracting Administration field

    Cons

    Gov't program revamped their PWS which was cause for my being laid off.


  6. "Great Company Hard to get promoted"

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    Current Employee - Sub Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sub Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    This company will keep you trapped by the comfort of the benefits and flexibility but you will not see raises or promotions

    Advice to Management

    Pay all your people what they deserve


  7. "Very racist, filthy and hostile environment"

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    Current Employee - Rigger in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Rigger in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great inbetween job when you need something to get you by for now but unless you are proficient in kissing up to the authority, you won't get anywhere.

    Cons

    The individuals who work there are among the most repulsive that I have ever met. I have seen people publically urinate, dirty condoms bottles of urine and fecal matter as well as graffiti inside and on the naval ships we repair. Their quality of work is a joke and they seem to drag things out just to get over time then complain that they always have to work. They sabatash others work and deny their mistakes or carelessness. In regards to the facility itself, it is disgustingly filthy and seems to be falling apart. There are piers that have collapsed years ago but are still not repaired, the equipment is barely in working order and safety overlooked by the supervisors if money can be saved. Subcontractor parking is inconsistent and insufficient, the hiring process is a joke unless your skin is the right color, and health standards are terribly low. To say the least, this is a last chance shipyard.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Management Support"

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    Current Employee - Management Support in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Management Support in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    free parking, on a first come first serve basis.
    free bi-monthly lunches if your department has good safety record
    majority of colleagues are friendly
    casual attire and enviroment
    department managers are down to earth and helpful.

    Cons

    no support from managers
    no work structure
    lacks communication
    too much favoritism, unprofessional mannerisms
    what is suppose to be a "luncheon reward", turns out they deduct from your pay.
    it's a "not how you work, but who you know. environment"

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to your employees, after all it's them who support you. In return, you need to show consideration and respect.


  9. "The best company I have ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Finance Customer Care in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Finance Customer Care in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supervisors and Senior leads work hand in hand with employees, no one is made to feel less that or better then anyone else. Equality for all. Diversity and inclusion BIG PLUS!!! Open communication. Excellent training for all employees. Excellent benefits all around. Safe place to work.

    Cons

    They do not have a facility in Miami FL. I would love to have stayed with BAE Systems

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing all the right things!! We have faith in you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too much turnover of management - unpredictability"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong workforce with a great deal of talent. Location provides a lot of opportunities for work.

    Cons

    Turn over of management was often with very little upward mobility. Management had way to many "chosen few"

    Advice to Management

    Hire shipbuilders to run the yards, not friends.


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