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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated August 17, 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. "Ship Repair Needs an Overhail"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Good start in contract management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "great benefits mediocre pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    great benefits and a lot of internal job openings

    Cons

    pay not impressive unless an executive or Sr. management


  4. "Janice Jackson 2015"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. ""Just Do It!!""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with day-to-day are awesome. They appreciated what you do to make their ship superintendent job easier, less paperwork.

    Cons

    No upward mobility. No pay increases on a scheduled time frame. Management is out of the loop on what it takes to get a job completed, but are quite dictatorial about what they want, even if it makes no sense. Don't think outside the box; make recommendations and you are tagged as an ineffective employee or worse singled out as the employee not to be. You are labeled based on the type of job you have and treated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Should take the approach that they want the job done, not interested in how as long as it meets safety requirements and makes the company look good. STOP mingling in the day-to-day minute details of a job you have no clue how it's done.


  6. "Operations Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    dynamic organization, diverse and promoting growth both persnnel and organizational. Opportunity to work nationally as well as internationally if one desires.

    Cons

    Large organization although borderless changes can take time to implement and to be realized

    Advice to Management

    continue to flow new information to employess and strive to encourage work life balance promoting process improvment and best practises


  7. "Great Place to Work - Subject to Contract losses or political courage"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BAE Systems really tries to practice what they preach. Safety, Ethics, Quality, high cultural values. The workforce is more progressive than the leadership.

    Cons

    Sometimes the Good Ole Boy conservative practices just refuse to get out of the mix and politics take over. More at higher (parent) level than at Ship Repair level.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for what you espouse. Not just when it makes good press or is convenient. Be loyal to those who have been loyal to you.

  8. "Great Company Hard to get promoted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Very racist, filthy and hostile environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Management Support"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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