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BAE Systems USA Reviews

Updated 10 January 2019
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Pros
  • "9/80 work week with flex time that majority of company participates in" (in 101 reviews)

  • "Work life balance and opportunities for advancement" (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • "upper management hires terrible workers and never fires the ones they should" (in 63 reviews)

  • "Large company, can feel like a cog in the system" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Excellent Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Endicott, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Endicott, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's all about the people - and at the Endicott facility, most employees - and nearly all management - are wonderful to work with. It's a hard-working, but generally low-stress culture, where making the right decision is rewarded, and short-sighted decisions are rare. Contractors are treated like real people, as well.

    Traffic is zero, and there is a huge variety of outdoor activities within 45 minutes.

    Cons

    Being part of a huge company offers a lot of security and opportunity, but also comes with bureaucracy and inefficiency. Decisions made at the corporate level can make little sense at a local level.

    Endicott/Binghamton is a small city, so don't expect a metropolis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to maintain a culture where transparent, long-term decisions are made. Avoid attrition by listening to unhappy employees who might not be bold enough to state their desires emphatically. I've seen a few people leave because they weren't heard, but I know they only voiced their opinion while mumbling at their own shoes. Engineers...


  2. "BAE Williamtown Military Aerospace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamtown
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamtown
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BAE Systems USA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great location, friendly staff, plenty of training opportunities. The Lead-in-Fighter facility is modern and well equipped. They are always looking for opportunities to expand the business which provides many employment opportunities.

    Cons

    Due to them being a defence contractor, wages can be at the lower end of the scale for certain roles.
    They will load you up with work and not reward your efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Salary reviews need to actually mean something. The current system does not work. When you give people additional responsibilities outside their PD, the remuneration needs to increase inline with the additional work, otherwise people don't feel valued and leave (like I did.

  3. "Cool Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    Good company and great culture

    Cons

    Nothing really. It's a good company to work for


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome technical challenges"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of engineering work on offer

    Cons

    Lot's of top down cumbersome and ineffective process. Upper management, in Australia and the UK but less so in the USA, is still very much tied the 'command and control' model of management. They need to listen to the people they employed with skills more.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point employing quality engineers if you aren't going to listen to them.
    If you think you need a new process. Then you need to look for causes not symptoms. Trying to force an ineffective paper based methodology in an environment where paper and digital solutions sit side by side and poorly integrated is a recipe for disaster.


  5. "Awesome technical challenges"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of engineering work on offer

    Cons

    Lot's of top down cumbersome and ineffective process. Upper management, in Australia and the UK but less so in the USA, is still very much tied the 'command and control' model of management. They need to listen to the people they employed with skills more.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point employing quality engineers if you aren't going to listen to them.
    If you think you need a new process. Then you need to look for causes not symptoms. Trying to force an ineffective paper based methodology in an environment where paper and digital solutions sit side by side and poorly integrated is a recipe for disaster.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Focus on Core Business"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Many good people and some very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Management is obsessively political and do not gain concensus with the drivers of their core-business.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, ask and consider the views of many. Do not only focus on what does the next person up the food chain want to hear. It creates vast gaps between what is reported and what is actually happening and ultimately translates to unhappy customers.

    There is no point in managing cost and schedule so closely when you do not understand the scope.

    Judgement is OK.


  7. "Great company with growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Wayne, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Wayne, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on programs using the latest technology. Ability to move around to programs that best fit your expertise.

    Cons

    If you are very good at something you tend to stay in that role. However, if you are vocal with leadership you won't be pigeon-holed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your team and let their expertise flourish where it best suits their needs.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Louisville, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Louisville, KY (US)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility, supportive management, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, declining benefits, sick time recently decreased. Work/Life balance becomes negligible at Low-Mid management levels.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Onboarding Needs Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Appreciative of employees. Competitive pay. Cool Technology

    Cons

    BAE misses the boat completely with onboarding new hires. Needs to greatly improve mentoring process for you engineers. Experienced engineers do not have the time to propperly mentor college hires.


  10. "Technical Intern III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time

    Pros

    Good experience and good for resume.

    Cons

    Slow moving at some times.