BAE Systems Reviews

Updated 17 Feb 2021

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BAE Systems Chief Executive  Charles Woodburn
Charles Woodburn
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  • "Management career progression better supported than engineering progression(in 17 reviews)

  • "Continually changing senior management which impedes a firm structure and direction for the workforce(in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great development and opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Appetite for success, technical brainpower and systematic problem solving/innovation

    Cons

    Customer driven culture can be burdensome, the drive for change is real and taking effect

  2. "Project Engineer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Independent, Decision making responsibility, Transparency in what we do and Honesty.

    Cons

    Growth, Training and development here at Bangalore

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  3. "Not great for a large company, little development"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in North Goa
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good bonus, shares, pension and that's about it

    Cons

    Everything else - terrible management and culture

  4. "Business Development Executive"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance - Helpful management

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to grow

  5. "Good Company and Good people"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer II in Tabuk
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay, vacation, accommodation, when middle and upper management were interested and involved life was sweet.

    Cons

    off book demands by customer. lack of support of management at times. never a constant as regimes changed often

  6. "FTSE 100 company providing advanced technology led solutions for defence and security"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Basingstoke, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    breadth of roles available at all levels

    Cons

    limited opportunities to work internationally due to security restrictions

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Preston, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    Large org, so progression available Money is okay Good benefits

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the size Not always that exciting due to lack of visibility at the top level

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  8. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to experience different contracts and lines of business. Everyone you work with is driven by a mission-first mindset.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on driving shareholder value.

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  9. "Good pay"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime opportunity and good pay

    Cons

    Lots of paper work to do

  10. COVID-19

    "Old school engineering firm with public sector... cosiness."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours. great people, interesting work if you can put yourself to the task. Colleagues have been great company and got to get some eyes into some interesting work around the office. Good training programs, OK remuneration, good working pace if you're familiar with public sector environments, except you're actually trusted to perform the work as technical experts (where warranted). Some very smart people around to work with though, so while there was a bit of "impostor syndrome", everyone's on the same boat when it comes to routine engineering work. Reasonably acceptable amenities.

    Cons

    Rigorous security implements makes for some discomfort be it leaving your phone or otherwise taking ages with software approvals (as is with any defence contractor). Lazy management structure so you're left to your own vices to proactively get any work done or progressing. COVID controls were rather extreme for an office setting to the point that staff morale had dropped. IT sysadmins lacking any real support due to operating on a shoestring (eg: if one person is away, no one is around to support specific systems - there goes productivity). Depending on work duties, sometimes you're handballed to deal with someone else's mess involving domains outside of your area of expertise, because previous SMEs have either moved on, resigned or are otherwise unavailable to support and they can't find anyone else to help. Software is treated like an afterthought - "anyone can do software" so getting unqualified non-software engineers to build safety-critical software is a regular occurrence... Fortunately it keeps us in a job to fix up their mistakes (even if dull).

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