GradAustralia surveyed 34 graduates working at BAE Systems. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 34 responses.
Interesting projects, supportive leadership, great focus on training and self-improvement.
My team is very capable and willing to help.
The breadth of experiences I get to have and contribute to - no photocopying and fetching coffee here!
Very good industry training related to work solving real-world problems - the opportunity to work on significant platforms/systems/projects for Defence
Meaningful, challenging and exciting work.
A little bureaucratic at times, things take a while to happen.
Not much naval architectural work, considering I applied for the graduate naval architect position
The company is very big and has many different departments spread over many buildings/sites so understanding the business is difficult.
Whilst position is secure, work taskings / scope of role can be flexible - whilst this provides wider opportunities, often re-settling into a new/additional role/responsibility can be a challenge at times
As of yet I'm still learning and easing into the work. By the end of my third week I'd undergone a lot of training and learnt a lot about the industry and the company, however I have not yet completed what I feel to be a typical day-to-day activity or work package.
Some teams can be great and mine has a very friendly culture. There is a lot of bitching across the office though as far as I can see. Everyone seems frantic a lot and doesn't really see the bigger picture or point, so not that productive - more of a see how it goes
Alongside my graduate manager I also speak with my graduate functional manager who works with me to develop a 6 monthly graduate development and training plan over the two year program. To assist graduates choose their own path. The company organised training seminars as an introduction to all of the functions in the organisations: engineering, IT, finance, HR, quality and project management. Further to this there are organised face to face training modules over the 2 year period with a graduate conference at the end.