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BAE Systems UK Reviews

Updated May 24, 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)

  • Inconsistency between business units (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Stimulating and varied work. Obstructive processes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Very varied, lots of opportunities for challenge, travel and career. Some leading technology, staff commitment.

    Cons

    Process often prevents work being followed to my satisfaction (and others).
    Judgment by targets has frequent unforseen (though entirely forseeable) negative side-effects.
    Employees are trained in ethics, but the board has failed to explain the new evidence which changed the company stance from 'no wrongdoing' to accepting wrongdoing overnight in early 2010.

    Advice to Management

    Target culture. Beware of inadvertently suppressing innovation and invention!
    Ethics. Lead by example.
    Process - isn't reduced by adding more process.


  2. "The Cemetary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Good location
    - Good coffee down the street

    Cons

    - It's a real ex-navy boys club
    - too many out-dated processes
    - too many old people that dont know the meaning of the word 'change'

    Advice to Management

    - time to catch up with the 21st century
    - get rid of more old boys and get some fresh blood in the place


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Cleared Engineer? Look elsewhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Computer Monkey
    Former Employee - Chief Computer Monkey
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The paycheck, decent benefits, mostly friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Horrible management (if you can call it that) and more interest in filling contracts than making sure the employee is a fit for the position.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Time for change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Warton, Lancashire, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Warton, Lancashire, Lancashire, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, work can be varied, nice people in the main, job for life, no blame culture, long time scales, no pressure, if you are intelligent and competent you will probably find that you outperform most people working there easily with little effort. If you are a waster you will not be at any disadvantage. Annual inflation linked salary increases. Good pension package.

    Cons

    I can't speak for the entire company because it is massive so my comments should be read as applying to my experience of working as a software engineer in 3 different departments in MAS (Military Air Solutions).

    Software is developed and maintained in a very unprofessional manner. Everything is done on the cheap. Senior managers have the point of view that BAE don't develop software and appear to be in denial. Requirements capture, config management, testing, code reviews and practicaly every aspect of software development is done in a very hit and miss ad-hoc fashion. There are way too many incompetent staff, and at present they can easily hide and get away with shoddy work practically unnoticed by managers. Everything is done via word documents and email; we have bought into methadologies and toolsets like Rational in the past but they were never implemented properly and were scrapped.

    Probably because these is no proper organisational structure or framework for software development there are very limited career opportunities and no specialisations. What we have is a pool of general software engineers who are jack of all trades. Rewards for good work are practically none existant. If you are lucky enough to be acknowledged as highly compentent and ahead of your peers you will still get nothing in way of financial reward. The good staff get ground down and either quit or eventually give up trying to make a difference or making any real effort. There is no vaguely quantitative method for measuring an individual's performance and performance reviews are at best based on managers subjective impressions. Managers often have no IT background. Pay is above average for the North of England but is very low compared to similar jobs in other companies. Secretaries and basic admin staff will often earn more than highly skilled developers and have far better career prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Implement proper departmental structures, methodologies and bring in the talent needed to do things properly. You may need to pay decent salaries but it will cost you less in the long run when IT projects suddenly start running to time and budget and you end up with products and systems that ACTUALLY WORK rather than ones which are still needing fixing and constant attention years after their delivery date.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Is being run in to the ground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Glascoed, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Glascoed, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with good financial record, which will look good on CV. The work is there if you look for it, and you can take a large responsibility from an early stage.
    They won't fire anyone.

    Cons

    Ancient site, ancient staff. It really is stuck in the old times with most employees sitting waiting for retirement. THis leaves so many jobsworths it's hardly worth attempting anything. Most work is spent fighting employees and is completely unproductive. Opportunities are not as advertised; transfer between sites or business units is almost impossible (unlike advertised) and the salary is far less than other BAE business units.
    They won't fire anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Close the gap between 'them' and 'us'. Whilst we're working in terrible conditions with poor salaries they're wining and dining any Saudi in sight. It's a degrading business.


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