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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule - work 80 hours in two weeks, having every other Friday off (in 84 reviews)

  • and then return in a year or two for the work life balance and lower stress atmosphere (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is often short sighted when it comes to taking on new projects (in 56 reviews)

  • For such a large company, they aren't embarrassed to low ball a contract and structure payment to save the company as much money as possible (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place, Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Great product
    Great work environment

    Cons

    There is a lot of competition in the cyber-crime market which makes closing new deal hard

    Advice to Management

    The services work needs to be made cheaper


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company little room for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good schedule and decent benefits

    Cons

    Worked there for 7 years and made little to no advancement. I was overlooked for a promotion that I was more then qualified for for someone outside of our department.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, takes care of its employees. Many different programs to create an inventive spirit.

    Cons

    Don't always spend money on people. Always looking for ways to save. Sometimes feel cheap.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Possibly the most inefficient company (York,PA) I have ever worked!!!! Stay away if you value excellence!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in York, PA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in York, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good. 401k vested from day one. 9/80 work schedule and that 60% of salary folks are ready to retire within 5 years, so there are possibilities.

    Cons

    Work force are ready to retire in 5 years or less. Continuous improvement is NON-EXISTENT in this company. No process at all, operations does whatever they want. I have no idea how they get vehicles out the door. When a program is behind schedule, they throw bodies at it and drive hours to the roof. They can't even follow the basic LEAN principles, which is 5S. If you like working for an organize, process driven, continuous improvement company, then this is definitely bot the place for you. As for benefits, its not the best, 2 weeks vacation until 5 years then you get 3. HSA deductible is 3k/ 6k and they only contribute up to $800 for family, other places I have worked contributed over $1500.

    Advice to Management

    This is for the York, PA facility: Management especially operations, have been in their positions for over 20-25 (some over 30yrs) in their position so they are set in their old ways. You will be lucky to see 1 hourly folk work at 60% efficient. Their process is still in the 60s or 70s, inefficient, every time a new program comes in, they reorganize the whole facility to accommodate a new program, then 2-3 years from then do it again. Why don't you set up a line that does all your program in one assembly or weld line, they are basically assembled the same way, other companies already do it in one line. Their material warehousing is the worst, they try to shove every material into assembly so the production floor becomes the warehouse and no wonder they lose parts. Get out of the warehouse business, it's not your core competency. When a program gets behind schedule (they always do), they throw bodies at it then lay off the people once they get caught up. Set up your process/facility to adjust to the demands of your customer, that's what a LEAN organization or a world class company looks like.


  6. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in different roles for over 16 yrs. Company is good to work for though some of its business structure needs some work

    Cons

    To be a software engineer it is required to get a security clearance which affects all those positions. It wasn't like that previously which can hamper some people.

    Advice to Management

    Make unclassified work available to software engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "systems engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    If you are on a good contract the job is steady.

    Cons

    If your contract is shaky the company's employment options vary.


  8. "Great work life balance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed and family environment. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Some of the technology is dated but still a challenge none the less.

    Advice to Management

    More technical prpficiency


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex work schedule, decent benefits, room for advancement

    Cons

    Boys club atmosphere often. Clique-y. Aging workforce


  10. "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in York, PA
    Former Employee - Finance in York, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    9/80 if you can take it

    Cons

    Finance leadership not qualified, lack of processes or tools, audit issues, poor customer relationships, employees that lack any other outside experience running the ship, hostile work environment, most inefficient environment I've have ever been, lots of overtime. Employees suffer high stress. Benefits are terrible. Got better PTO working retail in high school.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of leaders that continually fail. Hire experienced outside resources and stop promoting people that have no experience in the scope they are managing or directing. Remove hostile employees. Corporate needs to step in and take complete control immediately. Research industry leaders (not GD).


  11. "Enterprise financials crime sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Basically the only positive thing is you get to work from home - and away from the Satellite office that are empty shells with zero culture.

    Cons

    Where to begin? They shuffle through senior mgt every year. Absolutely no sales culture or incentives. Very hostile and negative environment with little support. 24 month + sales cycles. If you actually want a real sales career this is not it. Never seen a more dysfunctional work place in my life. Massive turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Randy Skipper and Tim Harvey are terrible managers leaders and human beings.



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