Although BAE has given me a lot of opportunity to grow and learn, it has been at great personal sacrifice to my family and home life. As an instructor, it is a given that travel has to be part of the job; however, due to poor management and supervision down in the trenches, I have been stretched thin and spent many unexpected months away from my family and children. Poor planning, along with an unwillingness to provide employees steady work between training events, has led to the decimation of my group either through trainers being let go or just getting tired of the grind and moving on. This has left very few of us to cover a moving and evolving target of events.
I have to add that BAE does not really foster a culture of teamwork, at least from where I sit. I see low performers with terrible results given more opportunities time after time, while good, high-quality employees are left high and dry. It's not a slam, it happens all the time. This gives the overall feeling that the bottom line, not putting out a quality product, is the driving force behind the "corporate value." It looks good on the posters in the halls of the facility, but unless you practice what you preach, it just rings hollow and is easily seen for what it is by any employee who cares and wants to be truly valued.