Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom)

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Updated March 21, 2015
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Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) CEO Ian P. Tyler
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  1. Avoid!

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    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary levels were great. But, I was reminded time to time that I was the highest paid professional in my peer group - which was really unhelpful.

    Cons

    HR operates a secretive dismissal process - so if the management has made up its mind on you, please don't expect HR to stand up for you. They will simply act as allies of management and you will find yourself in a meeting room with them.

    Advice to Management

    The office culture is very uninviting. The value set should be refreshed. There is no integrity and respect in how management deals with its employees.

  2. Learnt an awful lot at this power house of a company

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    Current Employee - Graduate Design Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Design Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some exciting projects at Balfour Beatty which would look good on anybody's CV. There are some very experienced employees who can really teach you some fantastic skills. The company look after you well.

    Cons

    The company has been constantly changing over the past few years and its hard to settle in a business that is constantly changing. Senior Management constantly changed and there was a lack of clear leadership. At times it feels like you are very isolated on your particular project.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple. We are people not numbers.

  3. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Benefits and Salary, Good working environments and management keep all employees up to date with the company's progress.

    Cons

    Lack of information shared across internal departments.

    Advice to Management

    More advice should be given on ways internal employees can progress in there careers to benefit both the employees and the companies benefits.

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  5. Ok but outlook not good

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people within the company (I was site based) making it an enjoyable place to work.
    When they do win large jobs, they are often landmark projects that are interesting and challenging to work on.

    Cons

    Not a lot of major project work on the horizon
    Appears to be some serious issues with all the recent profit warnings

  6. Different roles, different challenges - always stretched me, empowered me and supported my progress.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Always offer opportunities - some people dont see them as that an just feel 'more change' - yep, we're in contracting, things change.
    Allow empowerment and automony
    Doing a great thing, proud to create and maintain infrastructure, protecting and developing our future - something I happily tell my children we do. They're specialist and proud of it.
    Strong ethics and integrity.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in technology - over complicated systems. Easy to simplify but need their IT and overall software to catch up!

    Advice to Management

    Build trust and pride back in. Its been a tough market with tough times, clearly had an affect of some of our loyal people. Open, transparent behaviour - listen to your people and then act - its simple stuff. We will remain loyal if you keep the opportunities - we know its had and somethings will be painful, lets not dehuminse and 'consuly' in a corporate slow way, a lot of people love this business and I think it does a great job, remind people of that. Build pride and trust and we'll all change with you and make it work!

  7. Excellent people, great work ethic and work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting the managers and the senior level team is easy hence professional advice are easy to get.
    All the people including managers are very helpful.
    Work culture is awesome. Work-Life balance is encouraged by senior most people

    Cons

    IT is a small department and hence few opportunities to grow.
    Travelling to different country can be a challenge because of project based opportunities.

  8. a1

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    Current Employee - Sub Agent in Wrexham, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Sub Agent in Wrexham, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    not too sure right now

    Cons

    not enough basic pay structure

  9. fun & challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gemeral Operative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Gemeral Operative in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the pros

    felt safe , and well lookafter

    Cons

    training as afterall saftey matters

    Advice to Management

    just treat your staff how you would like to be treated

  10. frustrating at times

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

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Just a Number

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

    I worked at Balfour Beatty (United Kingdom) full-time (less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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!

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