Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom)

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Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
17 Reviews

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Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) CEO Ian P. Tyler
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  1.  

    frustrating at times

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    Current Employee - Labourer  in  Telford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Labourer in Telford, England (UK)

    Pros

    the best reasons for me are a company that is recognised throughout the world and continuation of work in the united kingdom

    Cons

    hard to get materials when you require them so constantly returning to a task that was part completed,flat hours at the start of the job then once it is behind expected to live there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get materials there so tasks can be completed in one go,carry on with a very good safety policy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Just a Number

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    Former Employee - Delivery Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Delivery Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    There is not much good I can say about Balfour Beatty, maybe the Central London location and that's about it.

    Cons

    Balfour Beatty really disappointed me, awful salary, no training, no graduate programme, etc.
    Contracts changed when i was hired, so some of the guys at my level were getting travel paid for (up to £6,000 per year) and were also on a much higher salary.
    I had an awful salary and no travel paid by the company and in general just an awful place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort your contracts out, not a great incentive seeing everyone else getting a lot of benefits and nice salary, while I got nothing. Really pathetic!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    you a tiny cog in the wheel

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    Former Employee - Second Line Support Analyst  in  Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Second Line Support Analyst in Derby, England (UK)

    Pros

    37 hour week allows you to balance commitments outside of work. Growth is slow but progressive over time

    Cons

    no investment for training; poor management; unrealistic expectations of staff; poor management of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care a little for your staff, don't just view them as an entity. Invest in training courses and also carry out PDR's at the specified date, also follow up on PDR reviews

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  5.  

    Pay review

    Former Employee - Planner  in  West Malling, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Planner in West Malling, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good salary package. Fantastic organisational structure.

    Cons

    Night site visits when required.

  6.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Took me on at a great salary for the role. The culture was good for a fair part of my employment in 2012.

    Cons

    A new wave of senior management has joined in Newcastle that acts totally contrary to the company's core values. Decisions are made by opinions rather than on logic. Management great at organizing conspiracies. Company trusts suppliers more than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horses. Trust your employees more. Train HR on mediation and not on advocacy for line managers. Do the right thing, whatever be the cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive. A very good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good progression within a good working environment

    Cons

    The usual associated with large companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Labourer  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Labourer in Manchester, England (UK)

    Pros

    looked after well equipment provided

    Cons

    not enough work at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication in the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Big slow ponderous monster, that is on the slide. Process driven and Ethically immoral.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Midlands (Mauritius)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Midlands (Mauritius)

    Pros

    Very few, It is generally cash rich so there are very few issues with paying sub contractors suppliers etc. As a result you should get the plant or materials you require were it not for the procuremnt systems being so bad.

    Cons

    Where to start. Since the immalgimation to CSUK every process is horrendous, Buying, IT, Temp Works Plant Hire Dept are all woefully inadequate & ponderous.
    There is a lack of flair ENCOURAGED IN THE INDIVIDUAL, everything is process driven (computer says no with Senior Managemnt petrified to do anything other than play it very safe.)
    Total diSregard for staff, with the approach being its all about numbers. If someone excellent at his job is about to leave they will not fight to keep said employee if HR tells them they have another person in that role no matter how inadequate they are.
    Treatemnt of staff regarding pensions was truly shocking, noboddy would have minded but the approach was neandethal " we will terminate your contract if you do not respond accepting or withdrawing by said date". (Unbelievable)
    Lots of new agendas with shiny posters but with little or no substance. Zero Harm, Sustainability vision etc are all just headlines on a web page and or not truly relevent and are ceratinly not reflected when pricing work. Just a mnother mass of confusion between depts.
    They breed a blame culture to the extent where if there is in incident there is a culpability tree. This leads to site opertaives being very apprehensive about truly reporting near misses etc. The figures MAY look good but in reality Id say Safety is not as good as it was 5 years ago when there was a genuine honesty and want to improve.
    Training is absolutely pathetic and by far the worst Ive seen in 20 years in the industry. You are expected to have various E Learning modules, where you view a screen click a mouse on an answer and presto you are now qualified to do a certain task. (Culpability tree anyone) Just a complete butt covering excercise yet again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fundamentally change the business. Go back to basics. Right from the start approach. Stop hamstringing your staff and allow them to do their job but give them support. Value your staff, the name gets you so far, on major projects the name may win big contracts but as a regional business you are nothing without your staff and the relationships they maintain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sound large UK listed company

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    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    Pros

    Good to work in railway industry, interesting large scale projects, some good people, opportunities to work around the world (esp. for commercial/operations)

    Cons

    Industry under pressure, bit of a boys network, always done it this way ...

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

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Oracle Consultant  in  Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Oracle Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)

    Pros

    It is a long established company with dedicated values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.

    Cons

    The company does not always align the treatment of employees with the core values.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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