A typical day at work for me is a busy day with flexible hours and a safe environment shared by all employees and customers and to enjoy my workplace with both the job and fellow workers. I have a large range of skills which include property and vehicle maintenance which includes a skill level with power and other tools. I have been in the management roles in previous employment and understand the pressures and demands placed on the individuals in such positions. Workplace culture is not understood by some but needs to be followed for a balanced workplace. The hardest part of any job is not becoming complacent with your role as a employee i.e. surrounds, nature of work etc. The most enjoyable part of a job is having a job that you enjoy and learning new skills along with meeting new people.
people not understading diversity in the workplace
SUPERMARKET SALES ASSISTANT ROMEO'S FOODLAND (Former Employee) – Edinburgh SA – 24 November 2017
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.
Electrician (Former Employee) – Henderson WA – 7 November 2017
If you like being bent like a pretzel, While being upside down using a tiny torch to see from stores with no fresh ventilation,(unlike Tag out that hide in the AC) Yes u GARY Surrounded by noise.dust.Anti-foul paint fumes in the air and on your cars in the car park then this is the place for you. Oh don`t forget no appreciation but your wage from Supervision while they get the spotlight time and time again.
Manufacturing then Support roles (Former Employee) – Adelaide SA – 13 October 2017
Worked there for 21 years in various roles, and ended up in a support function. Initially the work was interesting and I got to work on many types of defence equipment in manufacturing teams. BAE decided to leave the manufacturing game and win Prime contracts, and this is where BAE always seems to bite off more than it can chew. They always underbid then drive teams extremely hard to achieve impossible schedules. In such contract environments, bullies are not only welcomed but promoted. Middle management was populated with this type of alpha male, and I had several clashes with management who were professionally and personally bullying me, in one case over a period of years. In my experience BAE has an extremely dubious ethical and legal compass. If you're comfortable with that, and you can fit in with the boy's club, you could do well.
Some excellent people despite the culture
If you don't find a place in the boy's club, you'll struggle to succeed.
You are employed only as long the companies contract
Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) – Edinburgh SA – 27 June 2017
Management seems very divorced from the workings of most projects. There is a lot of cynicism around this. Those who work at the coal face are very talented and supportive. Unfortunately managers aren't interested in developing employees and without management support, you are unlikely to be given tasks that develop your experience and allow you to grow.
Senior Technical Illustrator Lead (Former Employee) – Williamstown VIC – 9 June 2017
Positive: I worked at BAE Williamstown for 10 years...i was the Senior illustrator lead on the Delos Oiler Project.....Protector....LHD and some input into ANZAC......very interesting products to illustrate.....i feel privileged to have worked on these projects.
Negative: The strange mid management culture...it was a shame to see lazy non involved personnel get promoted to prominent positions....mates rates. very happy to be away from that. i was 60 when i was re-trenched 2 years ago but i have successfully found illustrating work as a self employed contractor commercial and defence.
very difficult place to get on if you are not ex service.
Production Administrator (Former Employee) – Williamstown VIC – 26 April 2017
I worked for BAE Systems for 14 years. Everyone there was helpful and friendly, but unfortunately I was Retrenched. I was treated well while I was there and had it not been for the retrenchment I would have worked there until I retired. Some of my friends still work there and I miss them dearly. I would go back at the drop of a hat, it's the best job I ever had.
People are friendly and helpful. Hours easy to work with.
Their work is dependent on contracts, no contracts - no work.
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) – Rockingham WA – 9 December 2016
Work place is busy and interesting Learned about maintenance engineering and supervision management local managers are really hard to relate to Most co workers are excellent hardest part of the job was BAE made so many redundancies
Boilermaker/Leading Hand (Former Employee) – Henderson WA – 21 September 2016
I worked for BAE for four and a half years. I spent over 2 years there as a Leading hand so I got a good feel of how management works there. A lot of the time I found it very challenging due to poor management I had to take allot of other peoples jobs on that they would not do. I enjoyed the people there and made some good friends however I did not enjoy working there after four years.
The management was fantastic we were always told about what going on around the country and the world at all the different sites BAE has and I guess what made the great place to work was the great people who worked there it was a real family friendly work place I would recommend BAE systems to everyone who's looking to work in the defence industry.
A great work environment where we are involved in detailed skilled work
Electrical project manager (Current Employee) – Henderson WA – 17 August 2016
BAE are a great company to work for . The company has opportunities for advancement, has a training department which gets involved with the team. Communication between the trade groups has really improved since i started with the company.