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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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BAE Systems USA President & CEO Jerry DeMuro
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Pros
  • "Pay for New Hampshire is great, loved the 9/80 work week" (in 99 reviews)

  • "Work life balance and opportunities for advancement" (in 92 reviews)

Cons
  • "after 10 years promises are hallow and distrust with upper management" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Worked there for 7 years and made little to no advancement" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Endicott, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's all about the people - and at the Endicott facility, most employees - and nearly all management - are wonderful to work with. It's a hard-working, but generally low-stress culture, where making the right decision is rewarded, and short-sighted decisions are rare. Contractors are treated like real people, as well.

    Traffic is zero, and there is a huge variety of outdoor activities within 45 minutes.

    Cons

    Being part of a huge company offers a lot of security and opportunity, but also comes with bureaucracy and inefficiency. Decisions made at the corporate level can make little sense at a local level.

    Endicott/Binghamton is a small city, so don't expect a metropolis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to maintain a culture where transparent, long-term decisions are made. Avoid attrition by listening to unhappy employees who might not be bold enough to state their desires emphatically. I've seen a few people leave because they weren't heard, but I know they only voiced their opinion while mumbling at their own shoes. Engineers...


  2. "Respected Aerospace and Defense Contractor that You'll be Proud to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Management is respectable and truly focuses on core values, such as safety, integrity, and ethical behavior. Plenty of career advancement opportunities for those with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and take on challenges. Employees take pride in providing products and services to support our military.

    Cons

    Business processes can be bureaucratic and burdensome. The nature of Government contracting makes it such that reductions in force can occur when expected contracts are not awarded or large contracts come to a close without follow-on.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that not all business sites are managing large vehicle, aircraft, or naval platforms, and the established business processes can be burdensome and costly to smaller programs. While it's understood that business processes can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual program, it seems there is resistance to do so in some cases.

  3. "Senior Quality Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Fridley, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at BAE Systems USA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    structured environment, established procedures, processes

    Cons

    management through virtual meetings is difficult, connection with supervisor short and far between

    Advice to Management

    meet with management on more frequent, scheduled times


  4. "Logistics Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    Government work, good leave options and pay

    Cons

    upper management hires terrible workers and never fires the ones they should


  5. "BAE is amazing!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    BAE displays a vested interest in human capital as well as employee mobility. BAE loves rotating it's young engineers to help them find a role they love.

    BAE will pay for your college degree so long as there is a business case to do so and offers competitive pay across a myriad of technical and non-technical positions. Highly recommend!

    Cons

    Not really much to say in terms of cons other than perhaps the tuition reimbursement policy. Dont get me wrong; the fact that BAE even HAS a tuition reimbursement program is extremely amazing and rare. However, the policy through which the program runs can make it harder for some employees to take advantage of it than others.

    The program dictates you pay "up-front" unless you're in a Leadership Development Program. For those of you who are working on an advanced degree, you know it can be very expensive. Just one of my masters classes costs between 4 and 6 thousand each and that's before books. So needing to have that kind of money on-hand and be able to see it disappear for the 3-4 years it takes you to graduate, is a big ask for those of us with families. $4-6k is still a lot of money for a lot of people. So the new policy can still prohibit/limit some employees from taking advatage of the TR program. Not to mention the risk of not getting a high enough grade in the course to be reimbursed. But I digress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and placing faith in the next generation.


  6. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very team oriented with flexibility to work remote when needed. Numerous Employee Engagement groups to join to interact with the community.

    Cons

    Recently came through a restructure so some folks are learning their new roles. The restructure though helped align the business by the customer

    Advice to Management

    As currently doing keep the communication open


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic culture, selective application of harassment policies"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some really good people

    Cons

    During several years with the company, time and time again I saw men's overt harassment of women overlooked, ignored, and swept under the rug at headquarters. Even under the tenure of a female CEO. Nothing ever done about it. This year, for the first time ever I saw, first-hand, the company take action --- against a woman! So backwards. This company pretends to be progressive and inclusive with lots of purchased stock images, but don't be fooled by the lip service.

  8. "BAE"

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    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities and locations

    Cons

    A lot of management layers

    Advice to Management

    Get to kow the people you manage.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not Perfect, but Could Be Worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    BAE Systems strives to be better than in many areas. Management is supportive of individuals who have drive to better themselves and do more than what is expected. Tuition reimbursement is a very appreciated benefit.

    Cons

    The culture is very male-dominated, and also favors engineering and mathematics backgrounds, disregarding other backgrounds and abilities/skills that they may offer. Feels as though those who don't have as much experience,but who are still very knowledgeable, are disregarded, even when their input is beneficial to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the horizons. Hire from this generation more than those who will be retiring in a few years - this company needs to infuse new blood to stay alive.


  10. "Excellent company to be a part of"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and people, lots of longevity

    Cons

    In transition, lots of bureaucracy


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