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  1. Helpful (1)

    "People who care"

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    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Quality Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Certainly the people are their main resource and everyone of them know the mission at hand, keeping their friends and family safe from terrorism. Bring men, women, and loved ones back to their families, There will always be evil in the world, but people who don't stand up to it allow it to exist. Our brave men and women and their allies are the ones paying the price and each person at BAE understands that it is their job to ensure that they come home. They also understand that they have to do it on an shoe string budget as the lowest bidder usually gets the contract so lean manufacturing and ways to reduce cost are at the forefront of everyone's efforts.

    Cons

    Long hard working hours, wearing multiple hats, long days are the cons. unrealistic contract requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Better lobbyist needed in Washington. Stop reducing job sites, put more resources into Cyber attacks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, very bureaucratic"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool things to work on, good work/life balance, easygoing work environment, surprisingly up to date on software trends, especially for a DoD contractor

    Cons

    Career advancement is slow, because of that there are very few young employees

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit, not time spent at the company

  3. "Liked the Company When it was busy"

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    Former Employee - Expediter in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Expediter in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits before the Defenses Department downturn

    Cons

    Mangement turnover after downturn was bad

    Advice to Management

    Hire more from within


  4. "BAE Systems"

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    Former Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide an excellent environment to develop into a great engineer. The company serves the defense industry, which is very important to our country.

    Cons

    The work is slow, the hours are long, and the pay is not very high. The experience is good, but the skills required to be successful are not demanding.


  5. "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people that I work with.

    Cons

    The functional management doesn't care about its employees. Constant threat of moving to Sterling Height, Michigan.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Show appreciation and be fair.


  6. "Software Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very important work done on military vehicles used to protect our soldiers; extremely flexible hours, makes for a great work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to move up unless you plan to work there for the long term


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Has gone the way most Defense Companies have."

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome people and intellectually stimulating.
    Schedule is pretty predictable day to day.
    Not impossible to have a Vacation and we have a Mandatory Christmas shutdown the last week of December which is rejuvenating.
    There's a chance to do something great in cutting edge fields for certain products.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance in Santa Clara
    Stagnant salaries with no indication of improvement
    No incentive to push yourself since it will not mean advancement or significant salary increases.
    Management is done by people in another part of the country who don't really know you, nor do they care to know you. They are also very cutthroat about everything, oftentimes justifying their existence.
    When someone retires or quits here, their job opens up in another part of the country.
    Working with the East Coast means your basic human needs are not met on California time...i.e. Lunch after 2pm or its being done at your desk or during a meeting, but East Coast gets their lunch by 9am.
    Lunch is not provided in any meetings that are held during the lunch hour.
    Salary is not competitive with basic living expenses in this area.
    Mandatory 9/80 work schedule (it would be a Pro, if it was a choice)
    Benefits are bare bones (1 provider to choose from, high cost burden for a decent plan)

    Advice to Management

    Please hire Management that has some genuine people skills and bring representation of them to our site. You used to do this well, but now I'm experiencing one bad manager after another, most likely because of the penny pinching culture which turns into micromanagement of tasks in projects. Sure, they can find resources and push metrics, but at the end of the day, the employee feels manhandled, hustled and over time...abused.

    Create incentives for people to stay (advancement, salary increases) or close up shop all together. Great Place to Work is cute, but when you are worried about your basic living expenses because your pay is not covering it, that other stuff doesn't matter...I believe they call this Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

    Provide lunch for lunch time meetings or prohibit lunch meetings.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked there for over 5 years and only left, because the location has been changed to a design center staffed mainly with engineers. The people, including management, were open, honest and straightforward. I never had any personnel issues and if I did I felt I could seek help from Human Resources and it would be provided without retaliation. Pay was competitive and benefits were good. I made numerous friends there with whom I still keep in close touch.

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  9. "Senior Reliability & Maintainability Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if the company can secure DoD projects

    Cons

    Working with the government's contracts on a project. You never know if you are going to get it or not.


  10. "Good Salary"

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    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Above average salary.
    2. Training classes provided.
    3. Good benefits.

    Cons

    1. Too much politics.
    2. Long, exhaustive work hours.
    3. Taking time off frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take their ideas seriously. Employees are not paid to be strictly "yes - men" except for at BAE Systems.


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