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Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hands on diverse experience within a defence environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Placement Engineer in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Placement Engineer in Plymouth, England (UK)

    I worked at Babcock International as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to see and do that is not accessible when working for non-defence companies. Wide range of business areas to get involved in/with.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic.
    Culture still stems from being a public sector company recently.
    Not overly challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge interns to perform and excel. Push them. There was no incentive to do well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good working with peers, global communication is very bad, everything is on a need to know basis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Babcock International

    Pros

    Not micromanaged,
    Good environment on the airport

    Cons

    Not flexible
    Not communicated
    Staff not treated with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Summer Internship

    Former Intern - Summer Intern
    Former Intern - Summer Intern

    I worked at Babcock International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work to be done.
    Staff very helpful and good to work with.
    Learned a lot

    Cons

    No set work plan
    A little bureaucratic from what I saw

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Big and diverse company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Variety of work on offer and range of opportunities that are available across the company. Good scope in the markets that Babcock operates in and company has developed.

    Cons

    Most areas tend to operate in silos with often little focus on career development, which tends to be self-directed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great apprenticeship programme

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Apprentice in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Apprentice in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a technical apprentice, Babcock has offered me some fantastic and unique learning opportunities. I have worked with some fantastic engineers throughout my time who have all been very keen and helpful to take time to teach me as much as they can.
    I have also been enrolled into a design engineering honours degree course with the Open University which is a fantastic opportunity to work my way up toward a chartered engineer.

    Cons

    Reviews are supposed to take place every 6 months but are often delayed for months at a time, although any pay is backdated to the time the review was supposed to happen, it would be better to have these take place on time as you can begin to feel forgotten about when you are left for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train from within the company as this gives a good incentive to continue to work hard and develop your skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best decision I ever made was to apply to Babcock

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Straight out of university I have been given challenging and exciting projects, if you put yourself forward and show you have the right skill or willingness to learn the oppotunities will be there for you to continually grow and improve. I am proof of this and know of many people who have had experiences similar to myself. I have been able to work on projects like the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers which is a phenomenal experience for someone so early in their career.

    I have had huge support, not just financially but in time too, for further learning in the form of courses, MSc modules and on the job training. There is a wealth of experience in this company, especially for engineers, and it is a great environment to learn with people who WANT to share their knowledge. Also very supportive of routes to professional registration and associated extra activities - IMechE young members, STEM engagement etc.

    Very accomodating to adapt working hours to personal circumstances. You can apply for flexi which is great, I also work a condensed week so have a 3 day weekend every week.

    I enjoy the work, I thrive in the fast paced enviroment and I look forward to the career progression I will have with Babcock. As an employer they are very clear about what is expected of employees at their current position and what competencies or behaviour would be expected of you to be considered for a promoted position. As an employee this clarity and openess gives me the confidence that when I am ready and a role comes up I will be a strong contender.

    As a female in a very male dominated profession I appreciate that I am treated as an equal. It is very clear to me at Babcock I earned my job and any promotions due to my performance and not to tick a diversity box.

    If you want to be valued, challenged and encouraged to push yourself Babcock is definitly the right employer.

    Cons

    Application process can seem to have large periods of waiting, email updates would be appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your employees!

    Publically reward/praise employees for their significant achievements - graduations, professional registration etc. ( I know they are rewarded but these are things to be celebrated - it is as simple as a mention in an update/company intranet)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Management and HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Babcock International

    Pros

    Wages OK
    All training provided
    Good work colleagues

    Cons

    Bad Location
    Bad management
    No benefits
    pension scheme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Company, great sectors, good customers, nice people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    exciting work, iconic projects, pleasant people, getting much better at people management and hr stuff

    Cons

    not a 'one company' mentality, quite silod

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have tobe more willing to change with the times and be open to new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    provider of professional technical and engineering solutions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management - Finance Manager in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management - Finance Manager in Plymouth, England (UK)

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A customer-focused organisation with a balanced portfolio of businesses that are within the top three in their marketplace. Winning long-term contracts with critical asset and infrastructure owners, primarily government bodies and blue chip companies

    Cons

    Going through restructuring and the uncertainties that comes with it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prompt provision of required trainings without going through loops and bottlenecks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Babcock Railway Electrician(sit)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician in Hamilton, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Electrician in Hamilton, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Babcock International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees fairly, have management able to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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