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BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company. Its headquarters are in London and Farnborough in the United Kingdom with operations worldwide. The company is the largest defence contractor in Europe and among the world's largest defence companies; it was ranked as the third-largest based on applicable 2017 revenues. Its largest operations are in the United Kingdom and United States, where its BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary is one of the six largest suppliers to the US Department of Defense. Other major markets include Australia, India, and Saudi Arabia, which account for about 20% of BAE's overall sales. It is the biggest manufacturer in Britain. The company was formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion purchase and merger of Marconi Electronic Systems (MES)—the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc (GEC)—by British Aerospace, an aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer.

Christopher Drew and Nicola Clark mentioned in the New York Times: "BAE Systems, Europe’s largest military contractor, agreed on Friday to plead guilty to two criminal charges and pay nearly $450 million in penalties in the United States and Britain to end long-running investigations into questionable payments made to win huge contracts overseas. Under its settlement with the Justice Department, BAE will pay a $400 million fine and plead guilty to one count of conspiring to make false statements about having an internal program to comply with anti-bribery laws. The Justice Department’s charge related to just a small part of the billions of dollars in payments that BAE is thought to have made to Saudi Arabian officials over a 20-year period, and to more than $200 million of business that the company won in arms deals involving the Czech Republic, Hungary and other countries."


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Former Employee - Graphical Applications Designer says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: HR is there to protect the company, not the employee. Unless someone in leadership makes a complaint, everyone else is basically ignored. I have been gone from BAE for about 2 years, but decided to wait to write a review so I could be more objective once all the emotions had died down. I worked at BAE for 5 years, and never once did I get a promotion, despite earning my Master's degree during my time being employed. I did, however, get a pay raise 2 days after they laid off 5 people.... which seemed sketchy. In my time at BAE I had 2 horrible managers. The first would say things about team members behind their back, share personal information about other team members, and share way too personal not work related information with employees. She was emotionally unstable and would often burst into tears in weekly staff meetings. My next manager was useless and clearly didn't know how to work with women. He would ignore feedback, ask for suggestions but only put into action those suggested by men, and seemed to have no real interest in the team as people, what their individual talents were and how we could utilize them to make projects and processes better, what they were working on, etc. Every one-on-one meeting that I had with him (which he insisted on weekly), he would spend the whole hour telling me about how his android cell phone camera was better than my iPhone camera. It felt like the meeting was a checkbox he needed to complete so he decided to just spend the time telling me about how he was better than me. Ageism is also a very real thing at BAE. I watched an amazing co-worker who was in her early 20's get laid off as a sacrificial lamb during a department layoff of mostly 60-year-olds, just so they couldn't all band together and claim ageism."

Former Employee - Principal Engineer says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Good O'le boys club Poor Management/Leadership Poor work life balance especially on misquoted projects (see line above) favoritism and buddy system drives promotions some of the high level directors have zero qualifications."

Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Layoff with no severance pay after 20+ years of good services"

Current Employee - Graphic Applications Designer says

"I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Dated technology and equipment. Too many forced fun events. Managers who act like dictators. Favoritism. It’s a good ol’ boy network here and if your bright and innovative you should look elsewhere!"

Former Employee - Mechanic says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for less than a year Cons: Travel is kinda mandatory even if they say otherwise."

Former Employee - Director says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Leadership is out of touch and stuck in the 1990s. They tout inclusion and diversity but alienate minority and women leaders. If you are not male, white, and over age 50, your opinion does not matter. IT is antiquated and investment into functions is laughable. Everything is run by and decided by operations. Functions are treated like second class citizens—where operations tell the functions what is best. Therefore putting compliance decisions in the hands of the money makers which means everything is lipstick on a pig versus true support of critical support areas."

Current Employee - Systems Engineer says

"I have been working at BAE Systems USA full-time Cons: No cons about this company"

Former Employee - Procurement says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than a year Cons: High turnover rate, toxic culture, mandatory OT but not paid first ten hours of OT, management is outside hires and don’t know the day to day work, constant micro management, company is disorganized, compliance is stricter than DFARS/FARs, constant layoffs and reorganization’s."

Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technologist says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for less than a year Cons: Company couldn't care less about it's employees. They claim to but the minute a program gest cancelled, out you go."

Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer says

"I worked at BAE Systems USA full-time for more than 10 years Cons: New campus hires leave after a few years after finding out their compensation dramatically lags behind the industry and their peers. Huge age gap between engineers, most have either been at the company for < 2 years or > 20 years. The middle-level is non-existent due to attrition. Software management constantly does not see the need to invest in continuous improvement or reduction of technical debt. Projects constantly under-bid in order to meet schedule deadlines. A toxic culture has developed due to the factors above, being promoted into management means that you have either been an employee for a certain number of years or nepotism. The skilled and talented engineers recognize this sooner or later and leave for other opportunities. Software languages and frameworks severely outdated along with Software Engineering practices. Some skills learned here are very niche and only translate to very specific areas in defense software. Very hard for new joiners to contribute in a meaningful way as current projects are undocumented and require too much legacy/domain knowledge. As a consequence of this, tasks seen by Principal Engineers as menial and frustrating are assigned to younger engineers which perpetuate the cycle."

Pipefitter (Former Employee) says

"Cliques who rule for 20 years plus. You have competition who had been patiently waiting for years to be compensated so get in line. If you are friend or family this is the place for you to work at! Will move up insanely quick and have a better experience. You are disposable if you do not belong in the "clique". Everyone is watching and talking to management then turn around and do not produce; once you make a mistake because no one soul knows everything you will get tossed into the oven."

Contracts Manager (Former Employee) says

"Stress, more stress and continued stress was the daily routine. I never worked in a more dysfunction and political atmosphere that BAE Systems. Management could care less about employees whom they regarded as chattel. They made everything hard and there was absolutely nothing enjoyable about working at BAE Systems. The customer considered management liars and used to say that BAE management were the masters of mendacity. Cons: Working there at all"

Finishing Operator (Former Employee) says

"It is a very unsafe environment due to the lack of experience with explosives. In house incidents almost weekly. They increase work with this knowledge. It is only a matter of time before they have another explosion they cannot keep in house. Constantly having HVRs without alerting the employees for the fact of not wanting to "spook the neighbors." The employees deserve better... especially RDX and FINISHING. I have moved on with Eastman, after turning in and working out a complete two weeks they did not cash out my vacation. Cons: Short breaks, cost of living raise was taken after having it a month."

Manager (Former Employee) says

"You have to be part of the in crowd to amount to anything there. It is what it is. If you are part of that crowd, you can quit and come back as many times as you want. They have an operations leadership development program OLDP, where they teach kids fresh out of college how to throw their weight around and tell the seasoned veterans how to do their jobs. Working there and are close to retirement, watch out! They will try to push you out before you can retire. Cons: You have to be part of “The Club”"

Production Operative (Former Employee) says

"I was there for 5 years the first 3 years ok then a Management change. Terrible after that , no communication. After 5 years no offer of a full term contract even after working in 3 different areas and training work colleagues. Cons: If you are not in the inner circle you have no chance of overtime."

Material Handler (Current Employee) says

"They talk about an inclusive culture but it is far from it. If you have the right look and know how to BS, this is the place for you!!! They'll tell you to seek opportunities within the company that fits best for you, but retaliate against you when you do. And the benefits suck Cons: Everything else"

Director (Former Employee) says

"This company is not people oriented. I have worked for Lockheed Martin, GE, and others. This company is the worst of my career. For a big company they step all over employees Cons: Every adpect of human relations"

Safety Manager (Former Employee) says

"Fired me because i don’t support Black lives matter doesn’t support employees management sits on their high thrones and hid from covid while we worked unpaid overtime to keep the site up and running"

Essential employee (Current Employee) says

"They tell you when you interview that you will have opportunity to advance. Not true. Management and days support are useless. None have been at work since covid started. Essential workers have not missed a beat and are expected to do non-essential jobs. Will they be compensated or recognized? No. Bae sucks. All employees are looking for other jobs. Production turnover is quick. Most go to eastman Cons: Management, management and oh yeah management"

Parts Inspector (Current Employee) says

"The aiken sc site does not support pregnant woman and their rights/needs. I have tried for 6 months to help ease my job duties. Even providing a drs note for light duty and still no change. They only care about production and not their people."

I will not! (Former Employee) says

"There are too many idiots at BAE who not only don't know what they are doing, but they are too arrogant & stubborn to accept constructive advice."

AR TECH FIREWATCH (Current Employee) says

"I'm gonna be honest. I kinda liked the job at first, but then I realized they have more control over you than you think. You are only paid $9.25 an hour and the job is very dangerous and stressful. You work 7 days a week non stop. And they make you work double shifts in all kinds of weather. I would never recommend BAE. I would recommend Norfolk Naval. They have great benefits and pay."

Engineer I (Former Employee) says

"Low salary, no salary increases, lack of career growth, toxic culture, double standards, everyone leaves the company like within 6 months to 1 year maximum. Avoid BAE Systems Mt. Laurel, only work here if you cannot get a job anywhere else."

Weld Technician Engineer (Current Employee) says

"BAE is a great place to work! With building Military Combat Vehicles for our customers, that leaves great American satisfaction in my personal relationship with the company"

Engineer (Current Employee) says

"The employees at BAE are nice, but management is a total joke. They underpay you, give you no room for advancement, and force you into situations where you're constantly working odd hours without any trained backup. The turnover here is ridiculous and most people leave within 6 months. I consider working here the worst decision I've made for my career."

Senior Logistics Analyst (Former Employee) says

"Because of a sever back problem and I could not drive to work anymore, BAE refused to let me work at home. So if I could not drive to work anymore under doctors orders and I could not work at home, they threw me out and I could not even get unemployment benefits. BAE is a terrible company,"

Geospatial Technician I (Current Employee) says

"This office is terrible - not only is it ugly and has few to no windows, the people are terrible and don't care about one another. The company runs in the red and the customers hate us - we haven't met a deadline in the past 2 years I've been here. Everyone wants to leave and few people last more than 2 years. Severely underpaid with little to no chance of a raise or promotion."

Quality Assurance Receving Inspector (Former Employee) says

"no Help in the my QA dept. bad help they was no help when needed to the job. Had no help in training, had to find out how to work system to work. very bad training."

Plant Operator (Former Employee) says

"poor management always people quitting communication was awful outdated equipment poor building structure always cold in the winter and hot in the buildings in the summer."

Explosives Chemical Operator (Former Employee) says

"If you’re hired in maintenance and any other position OTHER THAN production, you’ll be fine. Do Not work in the production areas! You’ll be over worked, under paid, and treated unfair. NOT WORTH THE TIME OR GAS MONEY. Cons: Everything"

D says says

"Management doesn\'t have a clue. Ignore the warning, check the boxes, yay we\'re on schedule, but nothing works! "

KL says

"1. Left with incompetence people. 2. Bias HR. 3. Bullying and mockery is a norm. 4. Don’t value people with actual skills but only those who could speaks nonsense and make the boss looks good."

Senior Web Developer says

"I failed to look deeper and believed the glowing glassdoor reviews about BAE Systems, boy was I wrong for doing so. Way too much red tape, politics, ethical issues, passive aggressive bullying from leaders and their culture is imposed which makes everyone miserable. The creative services and communications and digital strategy department is an utter snake pit filled with managers and employees that do nothing but back stab each other and stifle creativity. The director of digital strategy along with the VP of communications and the other cronies that hide behind their titles of “digital director or manager” in the communications and creative services department have absolutely no clue how to manage organize or inspire any form of creative content from their staff. The senior staff that works in this dept are consummate bs artists who fake it till they make it and can’t actually produce anything other than copying and pasting content into an WYSIWYG editor. But if they can play favorites with management they are set for life. Avoid this his company and these people at all costs!!!"

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