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"It's goverment contracting ..."

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Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Fixed schedule due to how government contracting works. All hours are accounted for, which means overtime has to be approved on a contract. 9/80 schedule can be a benefit if people are used to working long hours a day. Opportunities to work on different technologies from a variety of contract wins. Good 401k match. Vacation times are great for tenured employees.

Cons

Mobility between projects is both a boon and a bane. Talentless employees are often retained due to government mandates on minority/gender quotas. Employees are mired in an attitude of apathy being caught in an upper management political machine where middle managers attempt to carve out their own fiefdoms. As with all government contractors, waste is rampant. Success of projects are dictated by how much money the company can bilk out of taxpayers. Innovation is scarce; security dictates that any open source related technologies must go through a tedious process of scrutiny before inclusion in any type of classified environment. Serious ra-ra! attitude in support of the "warfighter" in an attempt to justify poor practices. Health benefits are terrible and vacation time for new employees is abysmal. Pay scales are below industry standards. Review practices are archaic with a rating system pitting employee against employee where upper management "ranks" each person with quotas for the amount of exceptional to abysmal ratings awarded.

Advice to Management

Stop taking the taxpayers to town. Get rid of the old guard. Start hiring talented young people by attracting them with incentives. Increase employee pay. Get rid of your rating system and start evaluating employees on a per person basis. It makes sense that if you hire a bunch of talented employees, they should all be "exceptional" on your current rating system without having to worry about some silly quota to fill.

Other Employee Reviews for BAE Systems USA

  1. "My experience at BAE Systems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Endicott, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My experience at BAE Systems is like belonging to a family. There good managers which actually care about you and your career path.

    Cons

    They tend to begin a project without fully knowing the actual work scope and required trained staffing. To meet unrealistic schedule deadlines they place the burden on the workers to make up lost time by forcing mandatory overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate staffing to a project prior to program kickoff. Provide adequate training to workers and use overtime only as last resort.


  2. "Over all good experience"

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    Current Employee - Supply Tech in Kings Bay, GA
    Current Employee - Supply Tech in Kings Bay, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Hard to get a raise or advance

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