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It was very good experience for a student but had poor communication from the recruitment after the placement. Good job security and name for the CV.
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Enjoyable productive and realy different and interesting

What is the best part of working at the company?Brilliant to work for and realy interesting job working on the astute classWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Wasn't much stress about the job to be honest realy enjoyed itWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Realy good work culture safety and enviroment
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Fair pay for job
  • Clear sense of purpose


What is the best part of working at the company?Whilst doing my 3 week placement at BAE systems my favourite part was working with individuals who showed me what a day in the life as an aerospace engineer is like and getting a real understanding of how all aspects of the company work.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?There wasnt really anything stressful about the company however BAE systems is big on security so if you forget your id card at home you will find it hard to enter the building even though you work thereWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?The work enviroment and culture was great all the people i spoke to were nice and knew what they were talking about. I was in 4shed and my mentor there for the placement week was matthew cunnife who worked in procurment and helped me out whenever i was stuckWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?A typical day starts of in the office going through what I would be doing for the day weather it be in logistics, procurment or something like SHE (safety health and enviroment) as well as other things.
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Painfully dull

Tiresome, boring admin effectively. No solid vision for the business, just lots of corporate buzzwords and pretty presentations. I think this is where you come to work to let your career die.


Good benefit


Soul destroying
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Pay not great with massive disparity between people on the same grades. Jobs promotions for those close to those higher up's regardless of quality. Better places to work for better pay.
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Good company

Highly recommend, very committed to staff and training, high health and safety standards, good pay, excellent progression opportunities, good company benefits


Quality company to work for


Long days, but short weeks
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Great to work for but frustrating

BAE are very much a decent company to work for, with a friendly team and extra benefits such as a share-scheme. However, there is a frustrating amount of over-management.
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Productive and fast paced work environment with a large younger generation

My experience was initially very busy, straight off the bat. Very team work driven.I put into practice quite a lot of what I'd secretly studiedI like their management structure and style. Very helpful.Necessary paperwork was ardiousTeam work exercises was unusually funUpskilling through work and Greater pay


Upskilling in work


Labour itensive and very early work days :-( for longer weekends :-)
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Dependent on location and which team your in will give very different cultural experience and job satisfaction or dissatisfaction as the case maybe

What is the best part of working at the company?Poor culture - if your face suits you will do well if it doesn’t you won’t ! What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Peer pressure. Politics politics politics What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very poor - do as I say not as I do What is a typical day like for you at the company?Not at liberty to say - varies doers get more to do the slackers are left to just be …
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Good pay poor communication

The communication between furness and bae is poor and have no audit to see that furness is actually doing their jobs. Needs more support for students
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Organised, great people

Great place to work. Really enjoy working here. Pay is great, added bonuses through shares and pension make it a desirable place to work. Lots of training courses on offer and support you if you wish to enhance you education
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Sometimes Interesting / Sometimes to bureaucratic

Been at BAE for a number of years, I enjoy the people and the job. Sometimes it does feel like your pushing water uphill though!They pay good lip service to ways of working and being inclusive etc, but it doesnt often feel that way.
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Good place

Good place to work ,Good workforce,interesting job and work environment. The management at the time wasn't the best,work hours were good,plenty of parking
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General good

Good place to work with a plethora of decent benefits. Certainly faired me well, had the opportunity for a few promotions over the last few years. Provided you work hard, you will get on in the company.


Share scheme, market based salary, benefits, job pride


Can be high stress
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Great for start of career

You will learn alot on the job about munitions design and it can be interesting to work in the defence industry. Great team to work with and opportunities to explore the different areas of the company.
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Really good place to work. Excellent environment. Lovely decor. Nice people. Always mixing. Good rea. Nice canteen. Great parking. Very tall. Also small
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Needs Improvement

Workplace culture is okay - a lot of ex service which is understandable, I feel like a lot of the process and the culture are outdated and needs improvement.Management needs improving, the head of my current department, the people below him want to go and further develop their career with further education, but the head doesn't allow it as he is afraid people will leave - even though people will leave to find an employer that will fund education to themThe most enjoyable part of my job is the hybrid working, but this is being phased out of BAE sadly, as its been announced that our department has to be in full-time as a 'working collaborative environment' even though I can talk to a peer over skype and teams etc...I feel like a lot of old people in management that are narrowminded, and have the 'my way or the highway' type of the philosophy.


Salary, Bonus, Hybrid Working, Share Scheme


Processes, Management, Culture
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Productive and fast learning workplace

Great place to work had the opportunity to develop all skills. Supervisors are east to get on with and also give you guidance. Lots of benefits to the job including shares etc
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Good employer

Enjoy working here, interesting work and good pay. Benefits overall are good: share scheme, annual bonus and pay review. The people in my team are supportive.
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Fantastic Colleagues - but too many re orgs

The constant re orgs leave the business in chaos. Lots of silos sometimes doing the same thing but following different governance. Sneaky castle building amidst the chaos can leave employees left out at the edge. Lots of overworked staff burning out doing 90% of the work.
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Bad experience

Job in accounts was the most brain-numbing experience of my life. Nowhere near enough work to do, constantly clock watching. No team engagement. Worst job I've ever had despite my wanting to work there since I left school.




Very little work, no team atmosphere
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Based on 1,264 reviews

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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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