BAE Systems USA Employee Reviews about "9 80 work"

Updated Oct 4, 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Military Engineering Organization"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very smart people. 9/80 work schedule.

    Cons

    Hard to find procedures because there are a lot of long time workers that "just know how to do the job".

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    "Average Defense Contractor"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    BAE has a decent 401k match, good educational opportunities, some potential to move _laterally_ within the organization, and a solid 9/80 schedule with some overtime pay. They will be in business for decades because of their established base in the defense industry & because defense always does well in a dangerous world.

    Cons

    BAE has struggled for the past 10 years with an aging workforce that, in large parts, is paid a lot more than it actually contributes. The benefits have deteriorated over the past 5 years for younger employees, but the older employees are grandfathered in so it does not matter to them. Conversely, if you have been at BAE longer than 10-15 years your experience is valued inside the company but not so much in the commercial world - you become a lifer and are stuck. Finally, BAE tends not to pay highly talented people much more than the average employee - the pay structure is just not set up that way.

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  3. "BAE"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Chemical Process Engineer in Nashua, NH

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    Pays decently, convenient locations, meaningful work, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Young professional job security, hierarchy often changes

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid Software Engineering here at all costs"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Greenlawn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    9/80 schedule Great for those who wish to coast to retirement or at the tail end of their careers and winding down.

    Cons

    New campus hires leave after a few years after finding out their compensation dramatically lags behind the industry and their peers. Huge age gap between engineers, most have either been at the company for < 2 years or > 20 years. The middle-level is non-existent due to attrition. Software management constantly does not see the need to invest in continuous improvement or reduction of technical debt. Projects constantly under-bid in order to meet schedule deadlines. A toxic culture has developed due to the factors above, being promoted into management means that you have either been an employee for a certain number of years or nepotism. The skilled and talented engineers recognize this sooner or later and leave for other opportunities. Software languages and frameworks severely outdated along with Software Engineering practices. Some skills learned here are very niche and only translate to very specific areas in defense software. Very hard for new joiners to contribute in a meaningful way as current projects are undocumented and require too much legacy/domain knowledge. As a consequence of this, tasks seen by Principal Engineers as menial and frustrating are assigned to younger engineers which perpetuate the cycle.

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  5. "Male former service members are most welcome, strong women are not"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Supply Chain 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work week is key for work life balance.

    Cons

    male dominated (think 1980) Micro-managed regardless of job title Unqualified former service members get hired as Sr. Management, with no relevant experience.

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  6. "Company needs an overhaul"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    9/80 friday schedule, vacation roll over

    Cons

    Red tape, politics, ethical issues, bullying from leaders, culture continues to decline

  7. "OK but not visibly improving"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, ok 401k match

    Cons

    Management out of touch with reality on project deadlines and expectations. You don't matter if you're not in NH.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    awesome coworkers, stable job, 9-80 work week

    Cons

    big company - one size fits all benefits etc

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  9. "Overall Good Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wayne, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule and good work/life balance. Good management overall.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about the company.

  10. "Good but very busy people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pleasant and qualified co-workers, decent work-life balance, 9/80 schedule and flex time

    Cons

    Typical large-company drawbacks - too much red tape, steep learning curve when starting out

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