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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  • Work life balance can easily go out the window (in 16 reviews)

  • Few months after I got promoted (my direct supervisor was at a director level) senior management changed - not only in my opinion for worse (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, salary could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company works on some interesting pieces of work and has some parts which have great social lives.

    Cons

    The salaries do not increase at a rate that makes it worth staying rather than jumping ship.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how you can increase salaries to make it worthwhile for people to stay


  2. "Interesting place"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Flexible working
    Great facilities
    Some good people
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Going down hill
    Senior management needs reviewing
    Too many duplicate roles
    Organisation needs fine tuning
    No clear/transparent career progression

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people
    Invest in tools
    Invest in robust processes


  3. "Lots of potential ruined by poor management, vapid and meaningless strategy"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some excellent projects and people
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Very poor management and HR/operations

    Impersonal, often uncollaborative environment

    Uncompetitive salary

    Poor development

    Developers promised development roles and stuck in support roles

    Advice to Management

    Reacquaint employees and especially senior management with the corporate strategy & objectives

    Scrap the operations department and start again

    Look after your employees, don't forget about them, give them support, especially your new and junior employees

    Invest in your employees, invest in and consider training and development, rather than just saying you do it, actually do it. This is one reason for the high attrition rates, empty promises.

    Stop cutting costs which severely reduce capability, while it looks cost effective it causes inefficiency and costs further down the line, and is massively counter productive


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good if your self driven and like to network"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Benefits and salary
    Free fruit and kitkats
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Management capability could be better

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management and sales force development and be more focussed.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Going downhill FAST"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Developer in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects and customers
    Smart colleagues
    Huge opportunity

    Cons

    Corporate strategy
    Goals and focus
    Culture
    Leadership capability
    Performance management

    Advice to Management

    Such a shame..this company has tremendous potential. Unfortunately for the past couple of years it has been utterly directionless and lacking in focus. With a slew of poorly considered and badly integrated acquisitions.
    The recently announced corporate re-structure while painful, has the potential to refocus the organisation and bring back the levels of growth of the past.
    Advice to management: Upgrade your HR function - quickly. There needs to be urgent focus on engagement, culture, performance, leadership and development. The current HR team is incompetent at best, a previous reviewer said they couldn't manage themselves let alone the whole organisation, they're right.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and some of the old culture with still exists

    Cons

    Good talent is leaving or has left. Too many middle management employees promoted to senior positions which has lead to terrible strategic decisions and huge amounts of money being wasted on senior personnel who contribute very little in real terms and yet seem to get 'recognised' for this. The place is run and achieves on the backs of its talented grads

    Advice to Management

    the issue lies at the senior and middle management level. There needs to be a clean out or else the talented grads will disappear and it will become harder to replace them with the same quality.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Painful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who are super smart
    Some really interesting work for some really interesting clients

    Cons

    Frequent reorganisations take the focus off doing great work
    Increasingly more mundane and less exceptional work
    High attrition of talented people
    Not listening to the messages coming from customers as to what they really want
    Stuck between industries and markets without really knowing where to be

    Advice to Management

    There is a difference between making something slimmer and more streamlined with purpose and just throwing everything up in the air and hoping it will land in a better shape.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Bureaucratic leadership who don't understand their own products"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some interesting bespoke projects, particularly in the government space

    Cons

    After multiple acquisitions, the organisation is bloated with senior managers who (a) don't understand the products, and (b) are more concerned about box ticking than building the best possible software

    Some products have been neglected and have gone from market leaders to being woefully behind the curve.

    Engineering salaries have been stagnant for the past 2/3 years

    Advice to Management

    - Trim the senior management
    - Stop restructuring the business
    - Invest in your engineers and give them the tools to do their job


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Such a Shame"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, who are very smart and just want to be successful

    Cons

    Unfortunately it looks like nothing is going to change, if anything, those left will be fighting a losing battle. The new structure is just not going to deliver expectations. This looks more like a business that is setting itself up to be sold in separate pieces

    Advice to Management

    Why didn't you speak to the people that you employed to help turn this business into something that everyone would be proud of? Any advice suggested would just be dismissed....


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of project flexibility and losing talent"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting client base and projects to work on

    Cons

    You may find yourself forced in a role not aligned with your personal development for months .
    Experienced developers replaced with juniors.
    Poor salary progression.
    Lack of office space


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