BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Employee Reviews about "consultancy"

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BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Managing Director Julian Cracknell
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Pros
  • "Good flexible working for work/life balance(in 86 reviews)

  • "Supportive, interesting work, good team(in 65 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Very 'Old Boys Network' in senior management(in 50 reviews)

  • "The company can't work out if its a consultancy or box shifter(in 38 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Contractor, more than 5 years

      The most amazing people

      Sep 9, 2019 - Associate in Gloucester, England, England
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      Pros

      You get to work with the smartest people in the business. Projects are mostly well funded and well managed.

      Cons

      Given the secure nature of the work, clearances are required. Being a consultancy, travel is a requirement.

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      BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Response

      Thank you very much for your review. We certainly agree that our people are talented and our greatest strength. Taking time to provide this feedback is really valuable for us and we will be sending your comments on. We hope you continue to enjoy working for AI. Thanks again.

    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Fantastic staff, Reprehensible Management

      Aug 24, 2020 - Test Engineer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Nice environment to work on Surrey Research Park (but with poor traffic access). Fantastic staff (at the grass roots). Important work being done. Interesting clients. Reasonable remuneration/package. Online Training Courses. Felt proud to work for the company.

      Cons

      Treat Staff purely as a resource. Limited training, apart from online courses. Restructure / Redundancies every 18 months. Staff have to 'maneuver' themselves to ensure they are not in the firing line or maneuver other people INTO the firing line to save their own jobs. To many inexperienced graduates thinking they can manage projects. The company can't work out if its a consultancy or box shifter. Poor handling of software projects due to lack of understanding of requirements with cost/time over runs, with many unhappy customers. A company known in the industry to be on the way out, only supported by BAE Systems to ensure it has a finger in the digital market to support its big ticket Hardware Sales. Bottom Line Some strong positives with fantastic staff, but outweighed by catastrophically bad senior leadership/HR management. (see common thread throughout Glassdoor reviews). The company is run by the numbers game with a high turn over of staff (well above industry standard). Loyalty and flexibility is ultimately rewarded by redundancy. If your looking for a professional long term career (employment) look elsewhere.

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      BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Response

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your time with us. It's great to know you found the work interesting and important and we are pleased you felt proud to work for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. While it's disappointing to hear some of your comments, we appreciate all of the feedback we receive, and will ensure the practice manager, HR and our leadership team is made aware of it. Your invdividual points will go through full review. Your comments and advice are really valuable to us. We wish you the best of luck in your future career. Thank you.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to learn as a graduate

      Sep 27, 2018 - Principal Consultant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Solved interesting problems Surrounded by intelligent, likeminded people Gained good experience early on in career

      Cons

      Struggled as a product company within a consultancy

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Some great people and projects but for how much longer?

      May 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
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      Pros

      -Great for networking and getting out in the industry -Worked with some great people on really interesting projects -Great exposure and stepping stone to other work

      Cons

      -Struggling to keep good people -Trying to become more of a typical big consultancy with a bigger focus on getting people on any role rather than the right one. Too often people are left in roles they don't want and end up quitting -Salaries are not competitive -Company growth strategy appears to not be working and this has meant low bonuses, pay rises and a general low moral

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Jack of all trades, master of none.

      Feb 19, 2018 - Head of PMO in London, England, England
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      Pros

      This business has serious potential to be a world leader in its field. It has a giant of a parent company, willing to pump billions into it; however, the parent company knows nothing about cyber security or consultancy and so simply trusts the AI management to make the correct and most profitable decisions by itself. Also, the work-life balance is fine as work is somewhat scarce of late. Free kitkats, coffee and fruit are also a nice touch.

      Cons

      The culture of this business has turned poisonous, with senior management earning 100k+ suddenly attempting to justify their positions by snatching work, responsibilities and credit from their subordinates and then dismissing these via redundancy. The business is currently akin to "The Hunger Games" with people trying to either save their own skin and being vicious about it, or else people down tools, stop work and wait for the axe to fall upon them.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Gone in 90 days

      Feb 1, 2018 - Chief Engineer in Guildford, England, England
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      Pros

      There are some smart engineers and consultants still here. A selection of good projects.

      Cons

      - lost its engineering excellence - loss making for the past few years - no gender equality - poor graduate scheme - extremely overpaid directors for doing more business and engineering harm than good for the company and its customers - very delusional company vision - have no idea how to create products neither to provide consultancy or bespoke solutions

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      16 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Being run into the ground and nobody cares.

      Jul 28, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Working for AI you will have some exceptionally talented and dedicated colleagues and have the chance of working on interesting and challenging projects, for clients that you'd be unlikely to get at other firms. However, the talent is being driven away by management who value conformity and mediocrity over creativity and excellence, and the commercial clients have been driven away by the imposition of the parent company strategy.

      Cons

      Whilst once there was an interesting and large variety of clients across all industry sectors the counterproductive name change from Detica to BAE Applied Intelligence brought with it a retrenchment into the core defence business and almost all the commercial work disappeared, with no likelihood of ever getting any more. Over time the Big Defence Consultancy has subsumed or killed everything that made Detica such a fantastic company and now it is another soulless consultancy run by suits. You could spend your entire career on a client site, never seeing your actual colleagues. Most of the work you will made unnecessarily more difficult than it need be by a combination of excessive and inappropriate process, overmanning, toxic clients, and ineffective managers who singularly fail to manage their expectations. It is an epidemic: budgets for creating the actual product will be squeezed so that hundreds of project managers can be parachuted in to a client to hoover up all the money. Very few of these managers seem to offer any value whatsoever. In an effort to claw back some profit development will be outsourced to inexperienced and incorrectly-skilled juniors (in increasing numbers) rather than the talented people who could actually make things succeed. Management is very top-down and the fee-earners have no say in what happens to them. A bad word from a manager can destroy a career. Staff are lied to, mis-sold onto projects, set up to fail and then screwed when it comes to bonuses and pay rises. Reviews are a box-ticking exercise designed to prevent anyone ever making career process. It doesn't matter how good you are, how hard you work, how many millions you make for the company or how many of your objectives you hit. Career progression depends entirely on who you know and how little you rock the boat.

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      22 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A Case Study in Mismanagement

      Apr 16, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
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      Pros

      It's actually quite interesting to watch a defence behemoth parachute managers into its ailing tech consultancy and apply their prior experience of building submarines into the world of computers. Who'd have thought cutting bonuses and frills, and adding management layers and process would be the solution? To be fair, the people are good, though long-suffering, but the standard has dropped off a cliff-edge recently.

      Cons

      When you hear that the strategy is to become a billion-pound business within five years, you are naturally eager to hear more. There isn't any more to hear. The company completely lacks direction, and it starts at the top: BAE may have had a good idea in buying Detica, but if they've proved anything it's that they can't run it. Other than into the ground that is. And then there's the corporate IT. It really puts the 'NO' back into 'Information Technology'. I'm not allowed to say how much they spend [waste] per person per year. But I do know the prices of second-hand family cars...

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      26 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Lost Direction and Soul

      Sep 30, 2016 - Principal Consultant in Guildford, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * There are some great individuals in the company who are a pleasure to work with and who can and will take the effort to work closely with people to help them learn and develop. My friends that I've met at Detica/BAE remain some of the best friends, despite them having left the organisation. * There are some really interesting projects that can motivate you to get out of bed in the morning. * If you are on the right project, with the right management, they can be flexible with regards to home working and skewing your working hours earlier / later in the day.

      Cons

      * The remuneration is well behind market rate, especially when considering specific and niche skills. As a consequence it is near impossible to recruit for some roles and graduates are used to fill the gap. BAE thus acts as an incubator for other organisations by bringing graduates, spending a lot of time and effort training them, and watching them walk away for a 40% uptick in salary after 2 years. * Performance Management is atrocious. There is an annual review that is rushed (because it aligns with year end and Christmas). This is simplistic, and then fed into the void, where three months later a number comes out and you find out if you were promoted, what your salary increase is, and if you've got a bonus (spoiler alert: you probably haven't). * Senior Management have no presence, and communicate almost exclusively via 'blog posts' on the intranet. These are normally vacuous and contain no real content other than a "Thank you for working hard, please carry on". * If you aren't on a good project with good management, you can easily work 80+ hours a week indefinitely to try and keep a project afloat, for no thanks and no material impact on your annual review. * The company is attempting to transition to a products organisation rather than a consultancy. The emphasis is on being 'market-led', which would be fine, were it not for being taken literally by managers that don't understand their markets well enough to challenge what the customers say or identify a root issue. Thus they prescribe a solution that they want that excludes the opportunity to innovate and be 'market-leading', and also that when presented to end-users, doesn't meet the intended goals.

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      25 people found this review helpful
    11. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A good start for a grad

      Jan 28, 2016 - Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are generally highly intelligent and great to work with There is a wide range (ish) of work available The kit kats were a perk, although only any good if you're not sold out on client site.

      Cons

      Like almost any consultancy you could end up getting stuck on a project for a long time. Salary increases were minimal as we were the bonuses. They will punish you for not "contributing" back to the firm regardless of performance and sales. I lost out to others who remained in the base office and performed worse than me when it came to review time as I was sold off site.

      7 people found this review helpful
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