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
I have experienced the best mentoring at this company, structure and good feedback. I was sorely lacking this in my previous role so I have a good baseline of comparison. Managers are experienced and approachable. They usually have time to spare to see you at short notice.
Dress code and offices vary across the country (BAE has offices in a range of locations) - where I work the dress code is akin to "smart business" although interpretations of this vary - every Friday is a "casual day" Offices are good, good access to facilities (tea/coffee/bathrooms/canteen) and meeting rooms and casual catch-up areas.