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Updated 9 Sep 2019

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  1. "The most amazing people"

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    Current Contractor - Associate in Gloucester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for more than 5 years

    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.

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2019-09-09
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    "Great place to learn as a graduate"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than 5 years

    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

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-09-27
  3. "PM Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Pros

    Great, supportive, flexible company with lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Poorly paid for consultancy internship in London

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-09-04
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Some great people and projects but for how much longer?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than 3 years

    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

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping your best employees and attracting great people or you won't be able to deliver up to standard and your reputation will slip

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-05-20
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Consultant"

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

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance and big focus internally to ensure you are not over worked. Lovely london office ideal location Very well respected amongst clients Huge presence in public sector People are great make time for you when needed Lots of socials internally and externally

    Cons

    Very much a not about what you know more about who you know and it’s openly said by managers. Opps is a complete joke, actually have no idea what they do. Forget asking about new roles it’s all about who you know. Pipeline is very limited in pure consultancy type projects, you are commonly supporting PM’s on delivery led projects. Salary is quite poor, hence the high turnover of consultants you would think this would give HR an indication maybe we should review what our competitors pay who are snapping up all the good talent. Overall consultancy is quite immature lacks structure, and sense of direction people don’t even know what’s the difference between BA offering and a BC offering

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    Advice to Management

    Benchmark your salary’s and improve your promotion cycle once a year is demotivating. Listen to your employees and review how career managers should be doing more and pushing career development, you have a lot of top talent who are being under-utilised. Do you even ask are you being challenged? Should we be doing more? Maybe start with those and watch how interesting the results will be

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-03-02
  6. Helpful (14)

    "Jack of all trades, master of none."

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

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than 10 years

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    The restructure is 5 years too late. Consolidate the estate into Guildford, sell off assets and shrink the business to focus on one core offering and a handful of large government clients. When the P&L is in a healthy position, sell the business off.

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-02-19
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    "Gone in 90 days"

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    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than 10 years

    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

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics, get rid of 75% of top management and directors level. Change the company structure and it's practices. Ensure gender equality is delivered (instead of just assigning a person with a title that has meaningless output). Invest in graduates and in technology. The right people can be your true assets.

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2018-02-02
  8. Helpful (22)

    "Being run into the ground and nobody cares."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Sack vast swathes of middle management and flatten the structure. stop trying and failing to compete on price and return to competing on quality. Remove the burden of BAE branding and allow AI to chase and win commercial clients again, because you need that to attract top talent. Reward your staff properly and take a real interest in their career development to retain that talent.

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2017-07-28
  9. Helpful (25)

    "A Case Study in Mismanagement"

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

    I worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence full-time for more than 3 years

    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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    Advice to Management

    Set realistic targets. Cut the deadwood, massively overpaid, over-promoted middle management. Be more agile. In fact, be at least a bit agile. Take risks. Increasing the price to the customer only stops you losing money if it doesn't stop you winning work. [Hint: Why do you think you made a multi-million loss last year? If only you'd had some more revenue to pay for your vast, bloated overhead...]

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2017-04-16
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    "Lost Direction and Soul"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Guildford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    * Demonstrate some charisma and motivate the staff! The strategy can't just be handful of buzzwords on a slide. You need to translate that into something that people can get behind. * Pay your people fairly, and consider niche skills in doing so. * You can't flick a switch and become a products company. The NetReveal model would be a good one to follow.

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence2016-09-30
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