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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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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
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you don't like doing much meaningful work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back environment, Knowledgeable employees, Lots of time off

    Cons

    Projects always behind schedule and over-budget, Management doesn't seem to know what they're doing half the time. There is a huge age gap between employees. Most engineers are over 40 and out of shape. Because they've been doing their job so long they aren't open to new and fresh ideas of some newer employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try and have better project for entry-level people to work on. Encourage more openness to ideas, because if you keep running your business this way you will be obsolete within 10 years.


  2. "Consider opportunities with BAE Systems at company primary locations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most site support a 9/80 work schedule for various reasons, but this is good for the work/life balance. Again most sites, consolidate planned paid holidays to support a payed break between Christmas and New Years. Compenstation has been pretty good for me through the years. BAE System has a large enough presence in the US for relocations if you desire, and has a larger number of people in other parts of the world, for those that want to move.

    Cons

    Not good a supporting employees that are stationed at smaller facilities or at customer locations.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on better partnership between program and functional leaders. In may cases, the functional leaders are over scheduled with program activities to have time to perform the functional duties. This is especially true for employees at customer sites. I recently moved to a customer site assignment, and an on my 4th functional manager in 6 months, and can't even get an answer to an e-mail from the current manager in most cases.

  3. "Good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Johnson City, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Johnson City, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company for advancement, plenty of work to go around. The pay is very good for the cost of living in the Binghamton Area. There is never a dull moment here in JC. We are doing exciting work within commercial avionics and military avionics as well. However, many people see BAE as a stepping stone before moving on to bigger and better things.

    Cons

    Overtime and not getting paid for it. Depending on where you live, the area can be a little shady, especially when Binghamton University is in session.

    Advice to Management

    We really need to modernize our test equipment.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "It pays to negotiate hard."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, telecommuting opportunities exist.

    Cons

    Seems we're always having budget problems, so training and development are the first things to get cut. Raises and promotions are handled in a mysterious, mystical fashion; no apparent rhyme or reason; guidelines differ depending on who you talk to. All employees (based on your department) are not treated equal. Senior management is very Command & Control oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting cost by slashing budget is much less effective in the long term than you think. Eliminating waste within our company (waiting, defects, etc.) is the better way to go. And yes, there is waste in everything we do.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Typical boring defense job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We work on a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off)
    You can live by the beach and not have a terrible commute.
    some pretty smart engineers.
    a decent number of young, social engineers

    Cons

    boring projects. Unless you really LOVE working on an image library, your pretty much can't find a job that doesn't involve this in some way. Most management is ridiculously incompetent, including senior level. IRAD's are fairly well run however. It is very easy to get pigeon-holed and there is little room for advancement. Pretty much every software engineer that works here, hates their job, and employee morale is pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your Engineers.


  6. "Good company to work for... but it depends on the location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irving, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services.
    BAE Systems is the 3rd largest global defence company and the 6th largest US defense company. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US$ $31.4 billion) in 2007.
    BAE Systems is committed to encouraging its people to realize their potential as valued members of the company.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not flow down information to the people performing the work. New employees are not fairly compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about the benefits of working as a team.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "good place to work if you want to cruise and do the same thing over and over."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Greenlawn, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Greenlawn, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People at BAE Systems are great. They are nice and easy to work with. It feels like a family.

    There are tons of work company sponsored events. These events are nice to get to know other employee you might not interact with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Old Technology, this place does not keep up with even the semi-new software technologies.

    Management is very risk adverse.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with the rest of the employees better.

  8. "Fairly statisfied employee thinks BAE needs improvement in the Human Resources Department."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BAE has good benefits overall. They are the prime contractor for a good number of contracts within the U.S. government. This allows for a wide range of jobs from which to choose.

    Cons

    The biggest complaint is in regard to job promotion. The criteria for job promotion is largely a hidden secret. While there is documentation explaining different job titles and responsibilities, the method for receiving a promotion is never explained.

    Advice to Management

    Detail the process of how a BAE employee can become eligible for promotion. I would also recommend increasing the total yearly amount of money offered for tuition assistance. School tuition has increased dramatically in the last few years, but the amount of tuition assistance offered by BAE has remained static.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall satisfaction to be found within the BAE Systems team."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in work and vacation scheduling. Senior management honestly care about employee needs. Employees given the freedom to complete tasks with little oversight. Nearly limitless opportunity for transfer if the current job is getting a little stale. In-house training opportunities are diverse and easy to get enrolled in. Out sourced training opportunity is well funded and almost all requests for training, if in line with current responsibilities, are approved.

    Cons

    Mid-level management needs more guidance and direction in how to take care of people. Senior management is sometimes difficult to contact if necessary. Organizational divides can be difficult to work around at times.

    Advice to Management

    Director level managers need to spend more time with program/project level managers mentoring, and helping mid-level managers to understand and realize opportunities for growth.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome place to work for people with a side home business or family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People. Everyone at BAE SYSTEMS is very nice to work with, and cooperates together very well. Teamwork is great here. Also 9/80 schedule is awesome! Managers are very understanding with balance of work & family/life, so they're very flexible. Also you can buy 40 hours of PTO at the beginning of every year, so that you can take more vacations as necessary.

    Cons

    Pay is not the greatest, especially when compared with commercial companies, but it's reasonable. Hard to climb up if you are not Caucasian male with lots of seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Give promotions and raises based on merit, and listen to innovative employees.


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