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BAE Systems UK CEO and Board Member Ian King
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    I have been working at BAE Systems UK full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The senior management (Ian King & few others) are committed to improving the culture and impression of the organization, they are promoting all the right values and codes of conduct. They have the best interest of the company, employees and the country in their hearts.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the cultures still remains as corrupted as ever, reminds me of the old GEC days. Some staff in very senior positions (including those direct reports to Ian King) have a very warped interpretation. The company is great to work for if your face fits. The business in Saudi is definately has the better environment, there, you are openly discriminated against, however, in the UK it is very hypocritical and two faced. One managing director once said to me (off the record) that if you are over 50 we are not interested in your career development. Some of the directors leave you totally gobsmacked, how the hell did they get to that position. No wonder the company is in the mess its in.

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    There is not a lot the management can do, because those trusted in the management are the culprits.
    "This human behavior of not challenging assumptions reminds me of an experiment psychologists performed years ago. They started with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, they hung a banana on a string with a set of stairs placed under it. Before long, a monkey went to the stairs and started to climb towards the banana. As soon as he started up the stairs, the psychologists sprayed all of the other monkeys with ice cold water. After a while, another monkey made an attempt to obtain the banana. As soon as his foot touched the stairs, all of the other monkeys were sprayed with ice cold water. It's wasn't long before all of the other monkeys would physically prevent any monkey from climbing the stairs. Now, the psychologists shut off the cold water, removed one monkey from the cage and replaced it with a new one. The new monkey saw the banana and started to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attacked him. After another attempt and attack, he discovered that if he tried to climb the stairs, he would be assaulted. Next they removed another of the original five monkeys and replaced it with a new one. The newcomer went to the stairs and was attacked. The previous newcomer took part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, they replaced a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey tried to climb the stairs, he was attacked. The monkeys had no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they were beating any monkey that tried. After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys had ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approached the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been around here." MM then concludes: "People sometimes do the same in the workplace. How many times have you heard "It has always been done this way. Don't mess with what works." Instead of challenging these assumptions, many of us, like the monkeys, simply keep reproducing what has been done before. It's the easiest thing to do."

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