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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated December 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "9/80 work week with flex time that majority of company participates in" (in 101 reviews)

  • "Work life balance and opportunities for advancement" (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • "upper management hires terrible workers and never fires the ones they should" (in 63 reviews)

  • "Large company, can feel like a cog in the system" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Excellent Culture"

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    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. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome People , crappy Management"

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    Current Employee - Ship Superintendent in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Ship Superintendent in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    People are awesome! The trades are amazing to work with. Benefits .

    Cons

    Management. They hire they most incompetent people to lead just because they have fancy degrees.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Veteran friendly
    - Projects support US military
    - Challenging position

    Cons

    - Work only under DoD contracts. Contracts are very competitive; difficult to unseat an incumbent. Often only consideration is best cost, not best value


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, amazing coworkers. There is an abundance of meaningful, challenging work.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are difficult to come by, even when your reviews reflect exemplary performance. Management does not focus enough on people development and has a huge problem with diversity. Compensation is below that of competitors. There are many managers of people that do not like the people managing part of their role.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to review its compensation structure with that of competitors. The company has an attrition problem, especially at the lower levels. Employees at my career level need to see that their contributions to the company are truly valued, which is not achieved by mediocre 2-3% annual raises and no profit sharing. Also, managers need to be prepared to have a conversation with their employees about promotional opportunities. After two years of favorable reviews, I asked my manager when I was being considered for a promotion. The manager went on a 10-minute diatribe about why he does not like being a people manager. This was simply not acceptable behavior by a manager.


  6. "Improvements necessary."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    DoD work is interesting. Pay is strong for the area. (in certain departments.) Every other Friday off. Some of the personnel is highly skilled.

    Cons

    Lack of training is a serious problem. Guessing about what is correct is risky. Supervisors shame employees for asking about training. Proper training should be taking place at official sites and not by another employee who is either too busy or not competent to train. (Not everyone is adept at relaying information.)

    Advice to Management

    DRUG TEST YOUR CONTRACTORS! Usage has been noted and is concerning.
    Offer stronger pay raises to your productive employees or there will be continued departures of necessary personnel.


  7. "Not bad. Not good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    401K match 6%, vested on day 1.

    Cons

    Medical only Cigna. Fringe benefits.

  8. "Great way to get in the DOD contractor game"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Saint Inigoes, MD
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Saint Inigoes, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Service sector of BAE has high turnover and therefore will hire almost anyone to fill open positions. Challenging and interesting work. A great way to get some experience and a security clearance for entry level employees.

    Cons

    Terrible management. This is a classic good ol boys club. Diversity is frowned upon, mostly a white male workforce. Movement within the company is discouraged since many contracts are struggling to retain talent. Management is totally reactive, expect to spend most of your days in crisis mode jumping from one emergency to the next.

    Advice to Management

    It’s time to bring in some outside consulting. The old ways of doing things are no longer working and the industry is changing faster than the company can react. Diversity is not as scary as it seems. BAE MUST get it’s overhead under control, corporate is a huge inefficient anchor to the individual sectors trying to support the customer.


  9. "Not As Competitive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits but not as attractive as when I was first hired

    Cons

    In recent years because of management cut backs the benefits package (leave, training during work hours, Christmas Party, Kings Dominion tickets in the summer have been reduced or canned all together).


  10. "QA Engineer SR."

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Wayne, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World wide strong company and grooving company

    Cons

    They had big layoff 3 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Manage has improved