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A really good company that does some amazing work but lacks a little direction and real leadership. The board tend to fail the company by putting in place the behaviours and process that need to happen then completely ignore them themselves.
No real structure or control
The company was languishing up to ~2018 but after a signif re-org (and a middle-management cull) has come on leap and bounds. It's been an enjoyable and rewarding place to work (I was an elec engineer working in Guildford). The work is fast paced and stressful at times, but not onerously so. Every single day was different and presented it's own challenge. I regret needing to leave and move on (for factors not related to work!). Would recommend to anyone.
Fast paced, good pay and benefits, flexible working
Stressful at times, but ultimately rewarding
The HR team had a high turnover of staff (previously long tenure staff were all leaving) due to the contract HRD who did not interact well with his team. The environment was stressful, unsupportive and as a result there were many contract staff employed - including myself. I had worked here previously and the atmosphere was lovely but I decided not to extend my contract this time.
Gradually dying company characterised by useless sales force and management that blame the workforce and customers for everything and are never accountable themselves whilst still managing to earn fat bonuses they cut everybody else's salaries and perks. Attrition runs at a constant 33%-awful company.
Totally incompetent, sihonest, bullying management have progressively destroyed the company over the last decade
Enjoyed my time at BAE with good learning experience. However there is no transparency from the management. Got a good project to work on. The workculture is not very impressive and I guess it comes with being a consultant. You are not in touch with your peers on a regular basis because of which you do not get the sense of belonging to the company.
Top down run companies are usually quite bad when they get this big. That's not BAE's fault though the fault of a top down run structure as opposed to a horizontal or bottom-up run structure. They don't listen to their engineers advice. By using cost cutting measures and by not finishing jobs properly it led our engineering dept to quickly switch from a solution creating dept to a fire department. We were non-stop fixing our previous mistakes, even then we couldn't do the job properly as us engineers wanted it. We were pressured to always do it a cheaply as possible with management micromanaging leading to most of our suggested solutions/fixes being cut. The worst part of it was that the engineers could do nothing about. We didin't have any say, any power over these decisions. So we done the only thing we can. Quit.
everything I said in my review.
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Underperforming its brand and engineering potential due to lack of strategic insight, unconvincing leaders (below the MD), reduction in meritocracy and a systemic failure to call out and remedy poor performance.
The engineering skills of individuals and heritage IP
Management (individuals and process)
Insular social work environment, but interesting work. Offices in Waterside House, Surrey Research Park, Guildford were pleasant; modern, well lit and with aircon.
Remuneration was good and and good perks
Working days long and travel to client sites was necessary for every project
Never actually did the role I applied for (Java Developer). Resourcing will place staff anywhere to fill chargeable roles - even if the role is not even remotely related to the job you applied for and your career goals and aspirations. They will arrange for you to be placed on roles without you knowing until the last minute. The progression system is pathetic. You have to apply for promotion when the review round comes. Your performance is based on project line managers who you may have never met and a career mentor who has never worked with you. Your performance rating is then moderated by senior management who also have never met you let alone see your involvement and contributions on projects. Colleagues have been rejected promotions due to their being too many people in the next grade up, which is completely irrelevant to a employees' performances and unfair to those who deserve promotions. The work environment is not the best. The company uses hot desks, where some of the equipment (keyboards, mice, etc) are worn and filthy. Have to bring antibacterial wipes to clean the equipment before use. Management varies, but most of management staff are awful. Project managers are often paid the most and contribute least to project and have no technical ability to make sensible/reasonable decisions, hence the mass redundancies last year. However this does not solve an overarching hierarchy problem within the company. My colleagues and I have provided feedback on several occasions, only to find that it does not appear to progress anywhere and the company are either - more...
Forced onto roles, no progression, poor management
Everyone's experience of a company is different. I had a rocky start where I was supposed to start in Gloucester but due to clearances or lack of as a graduate I found myself sent to Guildford. I spent a gruelling year and a half travelling there but what kept me going was the work and the team I was working with. I would not change it for the world and eventually moved there to retain the role I found. That start may have out put people off but you have to remember that it is a consultancy, it's part of the job description (not to mention written into the contract that you may be made to travel). The culture I have always found to be friendly and considerate of abilities and levels. There are plenty of good quality corporate events and opportunities to socialise. All round it was a great place to start my career and I have (and currently continue to) thoroughly enjoy my time there.