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Rigid ex-military culture
Contractor (Former Employee) –  HM Naval base, Portsmouth28 September 2017
A difficult job but very interesting and innovative as I was part of a small team that introduced long term upkeep and maintenance periods to the Type 45 Destroyer Support Programme
Pros
Use of my past Naval experience to good effect
Cons
Battle against entrenched practices, delays, interference from external sources
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Manufacturing focus/good worklife balance
Finance Manager (Current Employee) –  Crewe, Cheshire26 September 2017
Continuous Improvement culture, fast paced proud heritage. Hardest part of job decisions can be slow due to risk adverse culture. Excellent development support for those who want to embrace personal improvement
Pros
good work life balance
Cons
Decision making can be slow
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You always had a routinue to follow whwn cleaning
Cleaner (Former Employee) –  Medway, Kent20 September 2017
To start you had a partner to team up with and was given a certain area to clean then once you are happy then u you spilt the cleaning and would clean certain offices. I enjoyed it as I was working on my own at a good pace and work hours suited me .
Pros
Work hours
Cons
Boring cleaning on your own no customer work
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Good place to work
Business Process and Organisation Change (Current Employee) –  Preston20 September 2017
Too many meetings
To say no more
Very detailed everything in slide packs
early morning start early afternoon finish
Getting to the right resources
Working with some good people
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
work environment not the best
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Enjoyable
Production Operator (Former Employee) –  Usk, Monmouthshire19 September 2017
This job was very enjoyable, working with great colleagues and management. Work hours was very suitable to my lifestyle and the pay was reasonable for the hours that I worked.
Pros
Everything
Cons
Out of catchment area
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Difficult Environment
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Guildford14 September 2017
The company is going through a number of changes, and times are very difficult. Far too much work, but not enough income to resource appropriately.

The company is going through a mass shake up, so might be ok again in a few years
Cons
Lack of management, no training.
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Lovely company to work fo
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Warton, Lancashire13 September 2017
Typical day was fun packed with plenty of contact with colleagues who needed support

The culture was very professional but at the same time relaxed.

Most enjoyable part for me was my contact with external visitors who wanted to visit the hangar for tours.
Pros
Good salary and benefits
Cons
Relocated so had to leave
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Fun, challenging work place
Network Planner (Current Employee) –  Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria13 September 2017
A typical day would be working through change requests from the customer. collating the infromation from the different stakeholders on the change then assessing the impact/cost & schedule.
I learn about different parts of the build on a daily basis understanding why things are being changed whether it makes it more efficient or just a better strategy to do it a different way.
The management are always really helpful, sometimes hard to get in contact with but that can be expected as they're busy people.
The hardest part of the job on a day to day basis is getting agreement from all stakeholders in a timely manner sometimes this can take longer than expected but has to be managed when giving forecast dates on job completion.
The most enjoyable part is, working on such a complex product and learning everyday seeking new challenges.
Pros
New challenges daily
Cons
Low pay compared to other companies
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A great place to work
Quality Inspector Tier II (Current Employee) –  Washington, Tyne and Wear12 September 2017
The day to day patrol / batch sampling and inspection of products follow Statistical Sampling Inspection to BS6001. Constantly learning new techniques and development. A good workplace culture with a good group of people to work with.
Pros
Good Pension and Share Scheme
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Good
Project & Sub Contract Manager (Current Employee) –  Rosyth11 September 2017
An organisation that is very Employee focussed and an employer that keeps you busy. Long hours and large workloads.
Very "staff" orientated but shows very little allegiance to its long term contractors.
Pros
Long hours and large work loads
Cons
Advancement if you are a staff member
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A good place to work for
Senior Project Controller (Current Employee) –  Warton, Lancashire7 September 2017
A good place to work for, very nice people. An excellent salary package and benefits.

Excellent opportunities for graduates.

Many opportunities to improve your skills.
Pros
Excellent salary package
Cons
None
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Very Unsatisfactory workplace.
Tool control storekeeper (Former Employee) –  Warton, Lancashire4 September 2017
I found the work to be extremely tedious and very boring. I learnt very quickly that if you didn't belong to the click , you had no chance of promotion. The workforce were unfriendly and didn't fully accept people from the south of England re-locating to the north .The most enjoyable part of the job was going home in the evening.
Pros
Share options
Cons
Working enviroment
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I spent a week here, what the do I know?
Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Glascoed4 September 2017
I'm very interested in the topic of guns and ammunition so I rather enjoyed my time at Glascoed, but I can't possibly provide useful information for a jobseeker today. The curry in the cafeteria was quite good, I suppose.
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H&S Advisor Submarines (Former Employee) –  Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria30 August 2017
Really enjoyed working with the team at Barrow .
Excellent range of projects to get involved with and a good range of people /trades to engage with
Pros
The role and the responsibilities
Cons
Contractors not given much notice
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Professional and structured
Procurement Manager (Former Employee) –  Preston, Lancashire29 August 2017
BAE Systems is a 'best in class' defence contractor with structured and professional approach to business within this sector, is provides many opportunities to progress and develop your skill set with excellent behaviours and cultural awareness towards the staff
Pros
excellent training
Cons
limited workload currently
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Basic
Machine Setter (Current Employee) –  Washington, Tyne and Wear18 August 2017
Typical day would be looking after several lines, maintaining lines, tip changes every day, problem solving, working with robots, and ensuring that the lines run constantly to work to the planned schedule
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Professional
Principal Engineer (Current Employee) –  Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria16 August 2017
Very professional where each employee knows what is required.

Clear targets and deadlines are set with feedback accepted.

Both technical design and heavy manufacturing are conducted onsite to design and build the next generation Nuclear Powered Submarines for the UK Navy.
Pros
Flexi-Time
Cons
Career Advancement
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A challenging but fun place to work
HR Advisor (Former Employee) –  Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria11 August 2017
A complex business due to the nature of the industry and therefore a rewarding place to work. The workplace culture can take some getting used to but a business that really looks after its employees.
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Great place to work with skilled engineers
Aircraft Engineer (Former Employee) –  Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire7 August 2017
Very relaxed work place with good learning opportunities.
Management some good some not so good.
Most enjoyable part of the job is getting job satisfaction at a very high standard in precision engineering.
Pros
Subsidised lunch
Cons
Good workers get taken advantage of
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Lacking senior management interest in the products
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Rochester, Kent7 August 2017
Now run by accountants. In the past senior managers at Rochester had a real interest in aviation. Bottom line is all they are interested in now. Employee loyalty has taken a nose dive.
Pros
Good for life/work balance
Cons
Rewards poor and perks almost non existant.
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