Working at BAE Systems:

BAE Systems Australia Limited, a subsidery of BAE Systems plc, is the largest defence contractor in Australia. BAE systems capabilities include providing the design, manufacture, upgrade and support services to the Australian Defence Force, cyber intelligence and commercial organisations across Australia.

Globally, BAE Systems employs over 30,000 people in 40 countries. BAE Systems has its head office in Edinburgh, South Australia.


Defense, Security, Manufacturing

Company Size

1,001 – 10,000


Women employees

12 weeks

Paid parental leave (in addition to Govt. leave)


Key management roles held by women

2 weeks

Paid secondary carers leave (in addition to Govt. leave)

Above data sourced from companies own website and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

BAE System’s Scorecard

A list of the local awards and recognition the company has achieved for gender equality and workplace culture initiatives.


Not a WEGA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality  The Workplace Gender Equality Agency awards a Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. It is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Previously a WEGA Pay Equity Ambassador  Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador organisations must have: undertaken a pay gap analysis of its workforce in the last two years, taken action on the results, reported pay equity metrics to the executive and board, and communicated their pay equity initiatives to their employees.

Employee Ratings

Scores for BAE Systems are based on 16 ratings*

Overall Job Satisfaction (out of 5)



believe women are treated equally to men

Equal Opportunities

We asked current or past employees to give BAE Systems a rating out of 5 stars for equality. The data displays how satisfied reviewers are with equality of leadership opportunities and pay.

We also asked how equally they believe all employees are treated regardless of differences inc. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age etc.

  • Representation of women in leadership – 3 (out of 5) 60% 60%
  • satisfaction with pay – 4 80% 80%
  • employees treated equally regardless of difference – 2 40% 40%
  • CEO supports gender equality – 2 40% 40%


We asked employees to give BAE Systems a rating out of 5 stars for the level of flexibility offered for work scheduling, hours and location. We also measured support for paid time off, including annual leave, personal leave and sick days.

  • support for Flexible work – 4 (out of 5)
  • ability to work remotely – 4
  • ability to work part time or compressed days – 4
  • ability to take paid time off work – 4


We asked employees to give BAE a rating out of 5 stars for their policies and practises that support parents and families. 

  • Parental leave policy & practises – 4 (out of 5)
  • support for taking parental leave – 4
  • support for families – 4

Development & Enrichment

We asked employees to give BAE a rating out of 5 stars for the support they received for their learning & development, mentorship and wellbeing at work. We also asked how supported they feel by management.

  • Learning & Development Opportunities – 2 (out of 5)
  • formal & informal mentoring – 2
  • supportive management – 2
  • wellbeing initiatives – 3


We asked employees to give BAE Systems a rating out of 5 stars for how respectful and inclusive the culture is.  We measured how responsive BAE Systems are to issues raised and how equally all employees are treated at the company. Finally, we measured how comfortable reviewers felt to bring their ‘whole self’ to work and be accepted.

  • respectful & inclusive colleagues – 3 (out of 5)
  • employer responsiveness to discrimination – 2
  • sense of belonging – 2

*Above data was crowdsourced from community surveys and as such is anecdotal

Employee Reviews

We encourage women to leave anonymous reviews of their experiences at BAE Systems. These are individual opinions and personal stories, that may provide insight into what it’s really like to work at the company, however they have not been verified.

five stars

“”Defence is very male dominant and you need an assertive personality to do well”

Overall Job Satisfaction:  3 / 5 

Do you believe women and men treated equally?


What’s unequal?

“Development Opportunities, Promotion. Jobs for the boys culture- I have seen many examples of senior men who are known non performers being kept on in no doubt the same highly paid special project roles instead of being performance managed”.

Have you been treated unequally due to aspects of your identity?

“Yes. Parental status, Age, Mental illness”

One thing they can improve: 

More flexibility, Promoting more women to leadership roles, Better pay & benefits, More development opportunities.

Would you recommend this employer to other women? 

“Maybe. Overall good flexibility but it is still dependent on your manager however COVID has changed working from home and made it more normal. There are rumours the leadership team will be making us come back minimum 3 days a week.”

Position / Department:

Not Published

Anonymous Reviewer

Senior Level, Posted 2022

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