Senior Project Engineer
September 2013 – Present (2 months)barrow-in-furness, england
Implementing a 'Learning from Experience' process and culture across Maritime Submarines, as part of a focused cost saving initiative.
BAE SystemsProject Management Graduate
September 2011 – August 2013 (2 years)Barrow-in-Furness
A Project Management Graduate on a £9.1bn programme for one of the country's leading heavy engineering defence companies. I have undertaken the below roles covering many aspects of project management:
* Working closely with key stakeholders at every level of the business to ensure the effective delivery of events.
* Liaising with customers to ascertain their precise event requirements.
* Developing, implementing and managing events.
* Organising open days, conferences, away days, assessment centres and recruitment campaigns.
* Working closely with exhibitors, stand owners and contractors.
* Budget & schedule management.
* Delivering a successful recruitment drive across the UK for the BAE Systems Graduate and Trainee Schemes.
* Organising and delivering assessment centres, Company open days, and school, college and University recruitment presentations/events.
* Acting as Campus Manager organising and attending recruitment events at targeted Universities.
* Supporting the Learning & Development Graduate and Trainee Manager in all other aspects of the Early Careers Schemes.
Learning & Devel
High profile, but has embedded tribes, divisive and cliquey. Avoid.
Very toxic work style. I was incorporated with just one interview by the one manager - no second interview or second opinion or thought for my skills - just needed a quick, short-term fill. I had an impoverished onboarding, not even shown the fire escapes at work, Notwithstanding, the offices in UK where I was based were very comfortable and modern with rest areas and kitchenette and overall pretty comfortable and well lit. However, the gossip, banter and open office format meant that rows and meetings - if not held in rooms - were public. In one occasion a Manager and her report were gossiping in front of me in a conspiratorial way, one then mentioned my role - a similar one to many in the UK - and immediately went into stage whisper module, ducking their heads down in front of me as if to hide the fact they saw me notice. Grown adults, the senior one supposedly an 'expert' in conflict resolution and creating safe places! For a new hire, it was appalling. Several managers and high ranking people involved in my workstreams were off sick or not expected to return, for unexplained reasons. The backstabbing I heard was also shocking. The first 2 weeks in the company, the specialist coordinating the project overview I was assigned to was dissed before our weekly meetings by my superior, both to myself and a colleague saying he hated these meetings and the controls and agenda did not count anyway. This project lead left I had had 2 weekly meetings with her. On another occ
I was with BAE Systems for 13 years in total. My second stint was 9 years long.
I returned to a project facing role and started within the service part of the business. This involved working on bids and contracts for different customers that required an after sales repair/replacement service. There were many different types of contracts covering both commercial and government offices. I oversaw contract negotiation with suppliers, reviewing technical documentation with input from functional stakeholders and represented Procurement within the bid team IPT.
After 5 years I moved to NPI where I once again was part of both bid and project teams. Specialising in Head Up Displays and Helmet Mounted Displays, I worked with all functions to ensure that both external and internal customer requirements could be met by the supply chain and vice versa. I was responsible for risk management, procurement plan execution, prime estimate inputs, relationship management and commercial/contract negotiation.
I also qualified as a Greenbelt, which I used by managing improvement projects, and an internal auditor; meaning I could audit suppliers as part of the process verification procedure.
The hardest part of my job was ensuring short deadlines were met when required and also managing suppliers new to certain product development.
The most enjoyable part was managing relationships with suppliers and executing business improvements.
ProsPersonal development, travel and team working.
ConsHard deadlines, conflict management, inconsistency of workload.
The Company & Product is impressive and looks good and interesting to outsiders; the pay and benefits also very good especially the Shares Scheme.
Having come from an employment world of redundancies I worked hard in higher education to qualify myself for a career in this blue chip multi corporation. Alas once in I haven't got anywhere despite hard work and successful efforts to improvements; zero appreciation, zero recognition, zero support to improve one’s self worth, in fact the total opposite feeling deliberately held back. Same level colleagues are fantastic, some very clever hardworking and kind people within the business; we pull together very well, having to due to terribly poor middle management up to executive level who have no experience, knowledge and worse still, drive and ability to learn; often career hopping from one position to another with no loyalty to the job they took on. A real shame to know what really goes on behind closed doors.
Ideal to coast and ride the gravy train to retirement whether you want to or not.
Personal opinion to ultimate management failure - Project Managers, the latest fashion of the decade that could quite possibly eventually run the multinational aerospace into the ground.
ProsAnnual pay increase, Shares Scheme, Flexibility to work life balance. Cool and interesting products.
ConsPoor Management, Poor Executives, Too many Project Managers, Career Blockers, No Management Loyalty, Regular Management Career Hopping, Regular Re-Structures of Organisation always for the worse.
If you are confused about the differing opinions across the other reviews an important thing to know is that the culture, workload and attitudes vary greatly depending on what function you work in, and what bit of the business you are sat in. Truly different sections of a single building floor can have a very different culture.
I've worked in finance at Warton in a variety of roles across a number of programmes over the last 15 years or so and you can pretty much toss a coin each time you move to decide whether it's going to be great or unrelenting misery - this is usually determined by the chain of management you will fall under.
Some management are great, will try and shield you from all the internal politics and let you do your job. Some will throw you under a bus. Or take kudos from how much work they can squeeze out of the smallest number of people. Bad managers get reassigned, not pushed out the door so one teams rescue is another teams downfall.
To work here in the finance function and survive you need to be very sure of yourself, very emotionally robust and able to cope with middle management firmly entrenched in internal politics. The weak or sensitive struggle to survive. If you can cope with all that it can be great.
Staff quote: "we achieve great results despite everything the company does to try and stop us".
ProsInteresting and mentally challenging work available
ConsInternal politics. Some areas have shockingly bad management.
a typical day at work is to provide pipes for the ships day in day out as the ship are always calling for pipes, I've learnt a lot from my time at the docks from pipe materials to pipe size to what pipes get fitted onto to what it has been a successful 2 and half years as we managed to build 3 ships over these years. the management there wasn't all professional but was never behind on work always on top of everything, the team I was working with were very good people we had are laughs now and then but always got the work done no matter what so I really looked forward to working at this as the banter and team were 10/10!, the hardest part of my work was helping out on the ship on overtime at weekends to help fit pipes but soon got the hang of it so you nothing was really hard as you learnt everything quite quickly, having banter with the guys was what made my day and was the most enjoyable part of my job as you never fail to laugh. as you may know I was one of 940 employees to be laid due to lack of work as all the rest of the work has all be given up to Scotland so it was kind of hard losing my job so close to Christmas I am a very reliable person when it comes to work and I am so ready to get started right away.
Prosno free lunches but roll vans provided at the work place
Conslong hours 36 hours mon to thur could do up to over 45 if overtime is there
I generally begin my day at 06.30 and after the usual morning admin of adjusting the previous days timesheet to account for the time I finished working I usually run through my emails and decide what can be thrown, what can be filed and what needs prompt action.
I have learned that although the company is very positive in its attitude to the workforce, there is no structured promotion scheme and it appears to be really a face fitting procedure for advancement.
My co-workers are all of a similar background in engineering with similar attitudes to life, so I find them all very easy to get on with and work with, it is easy to source the information I need to do my work from them.
Probably the most difficult and frustrating part of the job has been sourcing information from external companies that we work with, but this is more to do with the contracts with us that they are working to, other than a desire to be helpful.
The company now has a flexible working programme that means we actually get paid for the time that we give to the company and any overtime (within a limit) can be taken as paid time off.
The only reason I am looking for a new position is the current instability now that the Type 45 program is coming to the end and the future is not clear.
Work place is very demanding but is also rewarding.
Having worked for this comany since 2001 I have worked on the shop floor as a fabricator of units which make up sections of the ship under construction. In 3yrs I was asked to be a leading hand within the area I was working which my requirements was to attend daily meetings and also be first point of contact if any issues with the workscope from other employees on the shop floor. I also worked closely with the area teamleader and report to him of any issues that was raiseded from the shop floor. This position I held for 4yrs and during those 4yrs I enjoyed being part of a trusted management team. In 2008 I applied for a team leaders role within the same area and was successful and am still currently doing this role. I take safety as my main object of every day that I work and always make sure that the workforce that I'm controlling follow all H&S rules also making sure that if they find something unsafe that they do not complete task until its safe to do so. All projects that I have worked on have always been completed to the best of our abillity and was all on time and to budget which was always our focus on completing the work.
BAE Systems attracts employees due to the benefits of working there. These include: High wages, job security (contracts until 2050), integrated degree and the company car policy.
However, these are the only benefits!
From the moment I entered this company, I realised management only care about themselves and most of the time you are left to figure problems out on your own. This frequently made me feel unmotivated.
Workers within this organisation are generally miserable and this atmosphere is very draining.
Day to day work
I frequently did business admin work not project management. One of my roles involved being a scribe...
Barrow-in-furness is not a good place to live. If you are a young person you will struggle finding anything interesting to do. 30 miles to the lake district is not exactly 'a stones throw away'
I left this organisation and it is the best decision I ever made. Trust me, this place is not worth your mental health.
Each working day can consist of being very quiet to firefighting tasks depending on issues. Providing support to operations can tend to be anything from quality issues to breakdown issues.
Work tends to be dealt with in a very slow manner, which then catches up on projects etc. causing deadline weeks to be rushed and stressful.
I have learnt that it takes a lot of time and dedication to become competent at a job, but makes life a lot more easier for putting the effort in initially!
Co-workers are all very friendly and great to work with, although there is very little dealing with management which tends to be a cause of concern.
Hardest part of the job would be the lack of succession and development opportunities within the business, there doesn't seem to be a clear career path for any employee on site.
Most enjoyable part of the job is the travelling to different sites to meet new people and performing hands on work for testing and assembling activities.
Busy, often stressfull but satisfying within a good team
I was in a fairly unusual situation. BAE employ both local Saudis and expat workers. At the place I worked, the expats were few and for the last 2 years, just me. The workplace was out in the desert, 30 miles away from the main base and we felt, usually justifiably, that we were the forgotten.
The range was open as required but usually from 0800 untill end of night flying, usually about 2100. This would be 5 days a week but sometimes weekend flying would be nessercary.
The working shift would depend on number of RSOs ( Range Safety Controllers ) available which for a year was only me untill more were recruited and trained.
Range slots were allocated by the main base and split the flying day evenly between all the squadrons and these slot timings had to be strictly adhered to. Despite this, every day, aircraft would turn up early and late for their slots but still expect to be allowed on.
You soon learn that tact and diplomacy are needed constantly to try and keep the user aircrew happy explaining carefully why they can or cannot do some of the things they ask to do.
The management of the range is split. The RSAF are responsible for the infrastructure, airspace management and regulations through an officer at main base and a uniformed Warrant Officer at the range. He is also responsible for managing the RSAF staff and civilian workers at the range. BAE are responsible for the BAE personnel and their administration.
Both sets of management seem to favour the " If
ProsExcellent accomodation, leave scheme and facilities.
ConsCan be long, hot days. Cultural and language differences.
Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) System.
Performs sensor operations, area searches, and other sensor support tasks.
Accomplishes higher headquarters tasking and reporting requirements.
Accomplishes mission scheduling before the start of the operational period by identifying tasking to be accomplished during the operational period.
Schedules observation attempts to provide proper time separation within weather, equipment, and tasking constraints based on collection requirements.
Performs manual scheduling, special sensor settings, and other special techniques.
Performs required post-mission activities including maintaining any applicable operations logs, recorded data, and workload data. Documents operations, security events, equipment status, authorized software changes, shift changes, changing of the Zulu day, and any other significant events in an operations log.
Completes sensor and mount calibrations in accordance with GEODSS technical orders.
Performs assignments relative to the implementation, operation, and maintenance of equipment and facilities requiring knowledge of communications equipment/procedures and the ability to operate radio/communications equipment, sensors, and other consoles, computers, recording instrumentation, and other instrumentation and/or equipment peculiar to the GEODSS system.
Completes initial and monthly recurring training and maintains certification for operations positions. Completes Government and corporate ancillary training.
Performs operational checkout and pr
ProsNegitive work environment, site lead lied a TON.
ConsSensor Operator positions because people leave after a year.
Working as the lead Collection Manager at CJSOTF-A. Based on commander’s priority intelligence requirements (PIR), coordinated with chief operations (J3) and intelligence (J2) officers to create collection plans that satisfied all requirements. Managed all requests for collection, ISR Bids, and ad hoc requests to support future and current SOF operations for multiple intelligence discipline (IMINT, GEOINT, MASINT, SIGINT) collection requirements. Aligned information needs to established intelligence priorities and core collection objectives. Fused SOF ground unit requirements with higher echelon collection requirements in order to maximize intelligence efforts. Translated received collection requirements into discipline-specific language in accordance with appropriate guidance. Coordinated with various units in order to maximize effectiveness of intelligence collection and to share intelligence obtained. Coordinated with PED cells to ensure final intelligence products met or exceeded customers’ requirements and expectations. For ISR assessments, identified collection gaps, trends and opportunities; assessed trade-offs, tested assumptions, and produced original and incisive judgments, solutions and recommendations to better refine collection based on statistical models and supported unit feedback. Examined all aspects of collection management for opportunities to incorporate leading edge concepts, best practices and innovative techniques such as sequencing, cross-cueing, disp
Great Team environment,fun job, lead by a good management team.
With all positions I have held throughout my career, I have had the ability to communicate confidently with the Team Leaders, Business/Client Stakeholders and Senior Executives. I quickly build and unite teams towards common objectives with my enthusiastic personality and communication skills.
I have been responsible for planning and implementing work activities according to strict policy and procedures. This has been achieved through careful planning and commitment through the stewardship of my team and drive and enthusiasm for my profession. I actively cultivate my relationships with team leaders and identify and engage mentors to develop my skills (if required).
In my private sector experience to date, I have been responsible and accountable for the provision of correct and timely information to all my direct and indirect managers. I have a proven track record in communicating to my team leaders and providing impartial and forthright advice. I critically analyse my own performance and seek feedback from my Manager. In addition, I ensure that the outcomes for which I am responsible have documented processes put in place that are auditable and accountable.
The knowledge and experience I have gained by working on various Teams within the BAE Systems has given me a solid foundation in managing expectations of stakeholders, working collaboratively and efficiently with various professionals and harnessing a collegial working environment.
ProsExceptional training and learning environment
ConsWould have like to stay but contract finishes2015
Great team enviroment ,with a can do attitude with a decreasing amount of work.
A typical day at work would start at 0730 with initiating all the test equipment needed for the day then checking with the team leader if there were any special or urgent jobs required.Next would be a communication with other company areas to coordinate use of other shared test equipment.Then testing circuit cards and wiring assemblies from multiple projects for most of the day.Writing and printing test reports and test failure reports as I went along.Prior to the end of the day at 1600 my time would be taken up fault finding and completing test logs.
Ive learnt a lot in how to communicate and work with anyone from micro managers to away you go and let me know only if theres a problem managers.Ive also learnt how to critique and rewrite test procedures with engineers with the view that anyone off the street can do the test.
Management on the whole were quite good except for the fact they were constantly under pressure to find work and as a consequence had little time for the small things needed for the workers.
My co-workers were a great team and great fun to work and socialise with. Each had their expertise and in turn was utilized to get the job done.
The hardest part of the job was trying to keep to an ever changing schedule and filling in time sheets utilizing the full day when there was no work but the most fullfilling part of the job was succeeding in this and keeping the failure rate to a minimum.
Prosworking with a good team with excellent conditions
Consbad job security, with a constant threat of retrenchments.
Typical day at work: professional yet fairly relaxed environment, consisted mainly of disassembling the electronic components of various missile systems and running calibrations and environmental testing using specialized machines. Reports on each part tested were completed and forwarded onto management before reassembling the electronics and sending them back to the armed forces.
What I learned: teamwork was extremely important, as each team member was a specialist with a different role. Communication and prioritizing tasks were very valuable skills to grasp very quickly in order to meet the tight deadlines imposed by the higher up managers and the clients: the armed forces.
Management: admittedly not much experience with management, although one boss I did meet was a fairly sensible and well mannered
Workplace culture: since teamwork was important, pretty much everyone had to get along really well in order to maximise efficiency. Workplace culture was that of a professional electronics laboratory, but was fairly relaxed as when the calibration and testing machines were started up, there generally wasn't a whole lot of work to do unless some electronics were found to be faulty.
Hardest part: possibly the hours that I attended, as I started every day at 6 am, and it was an hour's drive up there.
Most enjoyable part: getting along with the team and learning about electronics and how they are applied in automated systems.
ProsGreat working environment
Questions and answers about BAE Systems
What should you wear to an interview at BAE Systems?
Asked 13 Sept 2017
Shirt and tie
Answered 3 Mar 2018
Shirt and trousers and a tie
Answered 6 Jan 2018
What is the BAE Systems employee discount?
Asked 9 May 2017
They have a variety of discounts in place via third party provider.
Answered 31 Jan 2020
There’s discounts at various places. Gyms, car sales, spas
Answered 9 Apr 2019
How did you feel about telling people you worked at BAE Systems?
Asked 27 Mar 2017
A great all round package, competitive salaries, pensions, flexible working and above all challenging engineering work on class leading products from torpedoes and radars through to the state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.
Answered 29 Jun 2018
Its a world wide Company there are lots of opportunity for progressing in different fields and very interesting work.
Answered 14 May 2018
Does BAE Systems allow for flexible working hours? Or are the hours set?
Asked 7 Oct 2018
Flexible to a degree. Fridays are good because we finish at 1pm.
Answered 22 Jul 2021
Hours are set, but they'd let you work from home.
Answered 2 Feb 2020
What is the interview process like at BAE Systems?
Asked 14 Sept 2017
As long as you have no moral compass you will do alright