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"BAE Systems Seems to be Dismantling the Santa Clara Site."

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Former Employee - Program Manager I in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager I in Santa Clara, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The workforce is very dedicated and technically strong. Training is highly empasized. They are known for their strength in Program Management. Engineering work is done in a very comprehensive manner.

Cons

Business process systems were antiquated. (Still processed paper purchase reqs.) Management decision making was very slow. Some of the facilities were quite old. IT systems are old and unreliable.

Advice to Management

As a former employee of the Santa Clara / San Jose site I find it very disappointing to see so many technically brilliant people let go. This loss of human capital was enormous and significantly impacts the company's ability to design combat ground vehicles.

Other Employee Reviews for BAE Systems USA

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    "Sadly shortsighted management"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Hudson, NH
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Hudson, NH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good. Some of the people were technically excellent and actually dedicated to the stated mission of "Protecting those who protect us." even to the detriment of their own careers. Islands of absolute professionalism.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and egos seemed to dominate in middle and upper management to the detriment of the company and those working under those levels. A sea of inertia and frankly a "good enough for government work" attitude seemed to surround a few bastions of dedicatation and professionalism. To top it off, there was a pervasive arrogance that the customer (primarily DoD) could not go anywhere else for the products that they needed, extending not just to the sophistication of the products being offered but the quality as well.

    Advice to Management

    Dated but "internally championed" technology and poor production quality have been coupled with a top heavy and very rice-bowl-oriented bureaucracy and the non-competitive high cost of BAE products. This just does not get it done today. In an "analog circuit - discrete component" world, it is very difficult for small businesses to challenge Sanders/BAE's position; in today's FPGA/DSP world, anybody with a laptop in their basement is a potential competitor with a LOT less overhead! Forget the "Fulda Gap" mentality and the Cold War/Reganesque spending mindset. Common sense , technical competancy and solid products will in the end win out over legalistic "jailhouse lawyering", influence peddling, and snake oil salesmanship. Learn to compete in the world as it is, or prepare to join other anachronisms on the scrap heap.


  2. "Challenges and opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Craft Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Craft Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop problem solving skills
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Physically demanding
    Risk of lay-offs for when there are no contracts

    Advice to Management

    Lean, ans six Sigma

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