BAE Systems Reviews

Updated 12 May 2021

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BAE Systems Chief Executive  Charles Woodburn
Charles Woodburn
88 Ratings
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  • "Management career progression better supported than engineering progression(in 17 reviews)

  • "Continually changing senior management which impedes a firm structure and direction for the workforce(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good placement"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Placement Student in Rochester, South East England, England, England

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    Variation of projects worked and experience gained

    Cons

    Wage potentially not proportional to the cost of living than other sites

  2. "Bullying, bureaucracy and blind ignorance"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Middle Management in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large stable company, reasonable pay, comfortable, modern office space. A company that should be an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Staggering levels of waste and inefficiency through pointless political infighting and bureaucracy, a company addicted to working groups, councils, forums that serve to impair the decision making process. I also observed alarming examples of bullying, either by employees to suppliers or by senior management towards employees, who use subtle and obvious threats and freezing tactics to get people out of their way. Regarded by many suppliers as either a complacent cash cow, or the most illogical, wasteful and ignorant customer they've encountered.

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  3. "Good employers"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Export Control Manager in Preston, North West England, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good package and flexible work times

    Cons

    Very political as you move through the organization

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  4. "Great"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Usk, Wales, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People, work was interesting

    Cons

    Career advancement was stilted and slow

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  5. COVID-19

    "Machiavellianism Management Approach"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is good, wfh is good.

    Cons

    There are many layers to BAE Systems as in most big companies and the higher you go in the company the more intense the ‘sunshine stories’ become, which is due to the people below you not wanting to be seen as a failure. The employees that make our products are highly skilled, however there are some who have been with BAE Systems all their life, and refuse to change, they won’t embrace anything new and anyone’s new ideas, which halts new talent young or old in progressing. There is an attitude of “We’ve always done this way and if it’s not broke don’t try to change it”. This leads to processes that are not fit for purpose, and workarounds that become processes, but it keeps Bob in Shed 4 in a job. Management is under constant pressure to save money but without impacting quality, there comes a point when ‘cheap is not cheap’, you’re just buying a breakdown. When this happens, the fingers get pointed a right the way to the bottom of the pile. If you do find yourself in an exec role depending on how high will determine the behaviour shown. Mid level execs who dream of going higher start to show and arrogance that they know will get them moving up the ranks quicker. When you get to senior management that’s when the Machiavellian behaviour appears, the cunningness and manipulative traits come to the front, they will use anyone and anything to gain the necessary power, or build the ultimate empire. BAE Systems have spent a lot of money on learning programmes to address Mental Health and they say it’s ok to say you’re not ok! Now you try and tell HR that you are struggling! forget the ‘it’s ok to say you’re not ok’ strapline – you’re on your own and you better shape up quick. Like most businesses there are people/managers who are fantastic and genuinely care about their teams, and they have been amazing through lockdown, but there are many that haven’t even kept in touch with their teams, or they force them onto awkward team calls – these are the ones that lack the emotional intelligence to even understand the basics. I had an amazing manager, she was kind, thoughtful, strict when needed but genuinely cared about her team, we could go to her with anything and she would listen, and I mean listen, she made you feel that you where the most important person at the time. She had been in Shared Services for a few years but we lost her to Head Office, she felt like she had no other option but to move roles to get progression. I still contact her now when I feel no-one is listening. She is what a manager should be, we got the job done and it was done well, and always knew she had our backs.

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  6. "Good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Barrow, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time

    Pros

    Seems to have good progression

    Cons

    Seems to be very hierarchal

  7. "Challenging culture, resistant to change"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Group Head of Human Resources in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong business focus, with exciting long term projects

    Cons

    Back office, support functions are archaic, poor culture, work in silos, bad behaviour of inertia is rewarded with promotion. Failure to invest in tech has lead to highly manual processes, lack of integrated technology and no insight. Focus is on constant reduction of cost at the detriment to business need. Stakeholders are frustrated and see little value in the support functions. They are not aligned, would rather take the responsibility in to the business to manage themselves. Strong capability walks out the door due to frustration.

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  8. "Sleepy"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi Time allows 2 days extra holiday a month.

    Cons

    No-one is held to account for mistakes. Slow progression. Slow systems full of 'paper pushers' wasting a lot of time.

  9. "5*"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Preston, North West England, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BAE Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Person centred, supportive, eager to grow and nurture, hard to leave, employee focussed, safety driven & all round amazing company to be part of.

    Cons

    There are too many strong willed individuals going the extra mile, not being recognised, whilst there are too many middle management, taking the victories, the shop floor individuals which have focus and motivation need to be harnesses, whilst those institutionalised and providing the bare minimum need to be highlighted.

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  10. "Fantastic company with a real focus on innovating products that protect our armed forces"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BAE Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Purposeful work, with a tangible product Great focus on D&I, with a global workforce

    Cons

    Large company so can get bogged down in process

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