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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated 16 December 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Culture went downhill after BAE acquisition/rebrand"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Guildford, England
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on technically challenging problems, which have genuine value to the world, with a lot of smart people.
    Nice "campus" offices, in a green area. Great for cycling to work, for example.

    Cons

    Soon after the 2014 rebrand to "Applied Intelligence", there was a major wave of resignations - including the former CEO. The company culture shifted to "align" with BAE - which basically meant cutting lots of perks.
    The graduate recruitment salary also dropped by £1000-3000, so pay rises for my "generation" were slashed to help bridge the gap.

    The company also introduced a "5 point" annual appraisal system, where all employees are ranked on a bell curve - which lead to highly biased results, where managers ranked their closest colleagues highly, and were therefore *forced* to rank others lower, regardless of actual performance.

    Hopefully things have improved under new management now; I don't know.

    Advice to Management

    Modernise the industry. This notion of a "job for life" is practically dead; almost all graduates *will* leave after 1-2 years of working there, not remain forever to slowly progress up the giant corporate ladder.
    (I could probably re-apply now, for double the salary that I would have earned by remaining!!!)

    Recognise and appreciate talent. Don't lock people into a small department, and award 2% pay rises. After graduates have been there for, say, 1 year, encourage cross-training and provide more genuine career opportunities.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "BAE"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The vast majority of people who work (ie not managers) are great, the environment is laid back, the hardware is good. The support teams are fantastic.

    Cons

    Tech stacks are somewhat dated, managers like to treat employees like mushrooms. It is very bureaucratised, and not too forward-looking.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A Teflon Mountain of bureaucracy ,"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None , soul sucking frustration at delivering code with process typically taking orders of magnitude longer than developing the code

    Cons

    Vastly too much Bureaucracy , Unfeeling Management , Asked to perform tasks without training , huge expectations of staff with almost no support .

    Advice to Management

    Treat your Developers like people not mushrooms .


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Potential not yet unlocked"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Possible to maintain a good work-life balance.
    Decent salaries.
    A lot of very good customer facing colleagues.
    Meaningful work.
    Potential.
    New MD shows promise.

    Cons

    Very hard to see how this business can ever thrive under the BAE Systems culture which is an entirely wrong fit.
    More of a focus on numbers than people.
    In the difficult middle - too old and too big to be a cool tech start up, too small to make a real dent against the services and tech giants.
    General muddle - inability to sort anything properly out, like internal IT.
    Slow or no career development - the culture has in-built mechanisms such as rigid structures and annual reviews to keep people where they are and there is a lack of provision of L&D generally.

    Advice to Management

    You've got to improve the support and internal service provision to customer facing personnel: Sort out the IT and get the internal functions to understand their job is to help win and deliver not to put barriers in the way.
    You've hired a lot of good people on the customer-facing side - let them have a real say and stake in the company's evolution - they have ideas and energy.
    Real leadership development is needed - senior managers need to engage the people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A little rudderless"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting domain

    Cons

    Management historically terrible at listening. Don't understand business.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Mediocre, full of lazy millennials and cheap resources"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some pockets of intelligent people and innovative work
    There are a few people who are trying their hardest to keep the company in key accounts or clients.

    Cons

    Far far too many inept and inexperienced young members of staff who have no understand of delivering IT projects and therefore what food looks like. They seem to think sending emails and chatting on social media is highly productive.

    Operations are unable to fulfil the resource pipeline and completely mismanage the selling of staff onto projects. The Ops team aren’t joined up and don’t talk each other. First time you often hear you’re on a project is when project team contact you and you’re uninformed.

    The technology being used is outdated with old infrastructure and Little investment it feels like everything is on a tight budget and usually is.

    The performance reviews are pointless with very low increments and small bonus pool if you’re lucky.

    National security accounts are very clique and tends to be quite toxic in behaviours so prepare for some networking, people are quite fake and not very collaborative.

    Don’t expect any training there is little to no investment in staff and you deskill quickly at bae AI

    Not much new work in pipeline and over reliance on selling old products to keep profits.

    High staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff and training.
    Find suitable and experienced hires to remove stress
    Make the performance actually feel like it’s worth doing and not tick boxing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits, reasonable hours and a good working culture

    Cons

    Interactions with central functions can sometime be a bit impersonal (like speaking with robots)

    Advice to Management

    Potentially review the onboarding and performance review processes


  9. "BAE applied intelligence"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Lead in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Lead in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good people, benefits OK

    Cons

    Run by accountants, to the detriment of engineering

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people again


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    AI has some great people, very knowledgeable and hard working,

    Cons

    Lack of management, lack of decent leaders, expectation of long working hours with a lack of financial reward.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate experience: If you are bright or able this is not the place for you"

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    Current Employee - Graduate in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the best grads leave the business quite quickly, so you never have to feel inferior.

    If you are struggling to find jobs elsewhere because of a lack of experience and poor qualifications this will be a good fit. It seems to be a great place for the academically challenged. If you struggled to get all A/A*s at GCSE, all As at A level and went to a university outside the top-10, or inside the top-10 and got a 2.2 or lower, apply now!

    Cons

    50% - 100% lower pay than what you can be paid elsewhere. This is partly due to having no London salary weighting - which is utterly mad. Also due to the company being happy to hire just about anyone.

    You will start your graduate intake with some bright, inspiring folk from top universities. The best will leave in the first year to earn more and work on more interesting things.

    There are too many projects that are low skill, low margin. E.g. one project the company seems to be proud of is upgrading a public body's IT equipment. Huge difference between the sales pitch and the truth in terms of what you end up doing here.

    You have no direction over your own career. If you get unlucky, you can be the sharpest tool in the shed and get railroaded into doing admin work (they call it PMO) for years. The only way to get out of the role is to get out of the company.

    Everyone here seems to say: "bright colleagues".

    Advice to Management

    There are two options: raise the bar or admit to people joining and people in the business where the company stands in relation to the market.

    We should be competing with Palantir for talent, projects and recognition.

    Instead we seem to benchmark ourselves against CSC, Capgemini and other cheap, unskilled IT body-shops.

    Advice: Raise standards, raise pay. Only take high quality, high margin and tough projects. Only produce the best products, with the best engineering and best management. Leave the crap work for the companies everyone laughs at.

    The other option: become a low-margin, low skill IT body-shop for the public sector. Give all employees the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy who have been conned. Make graduates aware that before joining that they can expect to be working on projects work that will leave them embarrassed to tell friends and family what they do for a living. Keep on taking graduates from former-Polys and keep wages suppressed.


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