Babcock International

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Updated Feb 10, 2014

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2.6 17 reviews

29% Approve of the CEO

Babcock International CEO Peter L. Rogers

Peter L. Rogers

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Babcock Railway Electrician(sit)

    Electrician (Current Employee) Hamilton, Scotland (UK)

    ProsVery few from my position at the moment. Big reputable company, there is a structure of grievance, and to an extend management are accountable. To an extent

    ConsVery poor payers, very poor. Guys expected to work 6/7 days, even then wages are still far from the national comparable. Poor management setup, very poor. No technically experienced people to offer support to electricians. Non graded electricians working on their own and on call. No suitable training to undertake tasks which have a clear skill set, although 90% of jobs are very easy, there are a percentage that are hard and no support or back up is given. Babcock also recently lost a contract for the facilities maintence of Scotrail premises, to company which are 3 years old with a head office location at a welfare and miners club, both tender prices where the same. Says it all about babcocks inability to deliever not only to client but most importantly to staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees fairly, have management able to do the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No direction but good H&S

    Safety Case Engineer (Author) (Current Employee) Helensburgh, Scotland (UK)

    ProsA very strong H&S culture driven by H&S dept, trade unions and employees across Marine & Technology (though fire and environmental issues have no ownership as part of H&S)

    ConsVery poor pay. Poor accountability for work. A distinct lack of direction from the board. No performance incentive (financial or otherwise). Legacy issues regarding policies which are not addressed due to managerial apathy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDespite the obvious transitional state which some believe the company to be in (marine and technology) this is not an excuse to sit back and wait for things to happen. We should be proactive in managing what we have. Our client has delayed the renewal of their contract for some time and could do so again. We cannot be seen to tread water for this period. Employee opinion surveys showed this and MSDF is not to be hidden behind.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Heart of this company is gone.

    Design Engineer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVery Reputable Name, High Profile Contracts, Good Starting Salary and Job Stability

    ConsManagement sometimes imposed narratives on design engineer's technical reports, to support their business cases and cover up errors in construction work.
    An unnecessarily complicated graduate scheme, which shifts graduates around the country every six months with little to no support for relocation apart from the basic starting salary. After this there is very little emphasis or investment in career development or trainin in any of the sectors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart re-investing in the in-house engineering design capability instead of having an "out-sourcing" culture.

    To the line worker, it appears as though Babcock's reclassification as a "Services Company" on the stock exchange is moving away from the prestigious engineering it's renowned for, and a move towards a more glorified middle-management "Win Work then Out-Source" style.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    recruitment process

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsConstant stream of jobs across the UK and NI. Education currently being built up

    ConsAfter applying for a job or being interviewed, feedback is poor and usually non existent. Lucky if you get a decline, rarely get feedback. Recruitment management company left and can wait weeks and weeks for any news of job application process

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect candidates and they may reapply for future roles. Always aim to give feedback. Work to SLA's on time scales for the process

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent engineering company. If you are passionate about large scale civil/military projects look here.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsComplex problems to solve. Located in Bristol a lovely town.

    ConsMale dominated environment. Culture was not at all exciting or novel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink harder about what would make Babcock a great place to work. Focus more on innovation and less on making humans work like robots. Hire women engineers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Waste of my time

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Lewisham, England (UK)

    ProsGreat bunch of engineers, young and willing to learn but in the wrong place.

    ConsNo progression, no suitable management, no recognition, not good for young and keen employees. This company will take you in and spit you out with no issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix up. Management is absolutely poor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Babcock International - Post take over of VT Group

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge Organisation with many different roles available for advancement

    ConsExtremely poor and traditional management team. Board of Directors in need of refresh.
    Integration with VT Group poorly managed and resulted in loss of good talent from the combined organisation

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify from reliance on armed forces

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