BAE Systems Reviews

Updated 17 Jun 2021

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3.9
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BAE Systems Chief Executive  Charles Woodburn
Charles Woodburn
141 Ratings
Pros
  • "Mostly good progression opportunities, good flexible working and good opportunities(in 87 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is acceptable(in 62 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years
      Featured Review

      Great development and opportunity

      8 Nov 2020 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      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

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Challenging and rewarding environment

      10 Mar 2021 - Head of People Operations in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunity to improve ways of working and create more enterprise approaches

      Cons

      Willingness to change and operating in siloes

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      7 Jan 2021 - Software Engineer in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      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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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great team but poor benefits

      2 Jun 2021 - Change Manager in Sydney
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fantastic people Contributing to sovereign capability Well supported by peers and management

      Cons

      Lack of funding Not progressive

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      BAE

      4 May 2021 - Project Accountant in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance cbd office in 2021

      Cons

      Out of date it and software career progression on boarding

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Bureaucratic dionsaur

      7 Jun 2021 - Solution Architect 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I cant think of 5 nice words

      Cons

      No direction or product roadmap

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      poor leadership at lower levels, great values but poor buy in from stakeholders of those values

      21 Nov 2020 - AnonymousEmployee in Adelaide
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * employee friendly policies * Flexible work hours, allow remote work if the role permits * Safety, health and environment focused policies * new projects present new internal opportunities * association with social causes and veterans to give back to the society

      Cons

      - A policy is only as good as its execution. Leads should be explained and trained to allow the implementation of employee friendly policies and not just leave them in wide communication emails - inexperienced leads at lower levels - Stick around for decade or more, then you will get promoted - have got quite a boys club going on there - rare few cases of accidental success of diverse group are glamorised to hide lack of diversity inclusion measures - Appraisals are superficial, promotions are not performance oriented, just how well you get along with the big guys - Lay offs are a common occurrence - aggressive behaviour is commonly accepted and no active measures to prevent this culture but just reactive approach to brush under the rug, their backup plan is to refer complainants to EAP

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good support for working options - but need to focus on less processes

      20 Apr 2021 - Project Manager in Adelaide
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      Pros

      They support flexible & remote working options

      Cons

      Always seem to be focusing on costs & there's a lot of processes...

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great environment for young engineers

      19 Jan 2021 - Systems Engineer in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Supportive team -Flexible hours -Interesting projects -Good introduction to the industry for Graduate Engineers

      Cons

      -Slow paced work -No challenges -Slow career growth

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Messy from start to finish

      17 Nov 2020 - Enterprise Change Manager in Adelaide
      Recommend
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      Pros

      smart people, interesting work, potential for development and diverse working environments

      Cons

      disorganised, bad/slow decision-making, poor leadership at the top

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