The Babcock & Wilcox Company

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The Babcock & Wilcox Company Reviews in Canada

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
66 Reviews
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Pros
  • 9/80 compressed workweek allows you to have every other Friday off (in 22 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • I would not recommend B&W to anyone right now (in 5 reviews)

  • Recent management upheavals and no work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Babcock and Wilcox Canada Ltd.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is considered average in the area, but compare to GTA, not so great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was really proud of this company, now it is unbearable! Went from a truly great company to a total wreck in a year!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The technical expertise is unmatched and co-workers are very supportive and friendly. Work environment is relaxed but has been stressful in the wake of lay-offs. 9-80 program is great. Great opportunity to get detailed engineering experience.

    Cons

    Since the beginning of 2013 the company has been in a nose-dive. Senior management seems to be completely clueless and far removed from the employees; Only focus is quaterly targets - seems like there is no long term planning. They let go of some really knowledgeable and senior staff to cut costs. For the younger employees there are no opportunities for growth. Good employees are not rewarded. Year-to year salary increase is negligible. Bonuses are non existent. Morale is extremely low in the workforce. And it is a very poisonous and sad environment to be in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employees. They are your biggest asset. You can never rescue this company with a totally unmotivated and disappointed workforce. Focus on long term goals at the expense of shareholder return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    GCI needs to finish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    9/80 compressed workweek allows you to have every other Friday off. Great co workers

    Cons

    Company is currently downsizing and have been doing it for 3 years. The work just gets distributed to the remaining people and they are starting to get overloaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to grow the business you can only cut so much costs but you need to increase sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    B&W Canada: How fast you can go from Hero to Zero

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The technical knowledge of this company up until late 2013 was amazing. The quality, workmanship and pride that both the engineers and the shop trades had in their products was unquestionable.

    Cons

    Corporate management decided that it was time to reduce costs to become more cost competitive. The former management team was ushered out and replaced with a team to perform the dirty work. The new president and his surrounding team of managers are not technically qualified nor do they deserve the positions they are in. They don't understand the product B&W builds, the tools and talents required to build these products, and they don't care to understand either. Right now they're in a crunch to save the most money by randomly getting rid of every valuable employee or piece of equipment B&W Canada has. Nobody is thinking about the future, and as a result, the employees are disgruntled and ashamed of what the company has become. It truly is embarassing to go from world class to laughable in a matter of 1 year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of the sand. It's irrelevant what education you have on paper (P.Eng, MBA...etc), you're all making the wrong decisions. You tout in the mainstream media that you're "modernizing" the facility, but yet you sell all of the valuable modern equipment. Don't decieve your employees. You're not modernizing the plant, you're liquidating it. How can you expect to become more efficient by selling everything!? Maybe you all should go over to Toyota or General Motors and tell them to sell all of their machinry. Get rid of the stamping presses and the paint shops because clearly they're far too expensive to maintain! Give the men hammers, shears and paint brushes so that they can fabricate new cars manually, because it's so much cheaper to operate when you don't have equipment to maintain! You're in over your heads, and nobody respects you. You know who you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of learning and growth experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planner
    Former Employee - Planner

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of leaning and growth experience

    Cons

    Workload is up and down

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    20 years and still here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Welder in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good wages and opportunity to learn your trade. always called back with work load increase lots of overtime, company is dedicated to health and safety, some of the best people you will ever work with. we build the best thermal and nuclear products in the world. we have been here for over 100 years we are not shutting the doors

    Cons

    we layoff hourly employees when the work load decreases (always called back with work load increase ) cancelled xmas turkeys (poor decision) the recession has created a lapse in contracts and has necessitated many layoffs of hourly and termination of salary staff this is sad but required to survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find more work for our facilities everything else will fall into place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor planning, strategy, old fashioned with very few real diversification plans.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits OK, some good management. Some engineering staff and their management do not put much time into studying the new worldwide trends, and do not keep current. Nuclear services are truly excellent, outstanding.

    Cons

    Very uncertain future. They have trouble changing from the past methods and advanced procedures. PMP reports may or may not be taken seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some very poor middle managers who do not care at all about employees, and HR will do nothing. Senior management is out of touch with these bad managers. I saw some really bad treatment of people in manufacturing as well. No better in many ways than an alloy steel mill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineer I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good technical experience. Get challenged a lot. Work at own pace. Flex hours. Environment is very welcoming

    Cons

    Salary is decent. Doesn't increase by a lot year-to year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Don't waste your time and skills here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Skilled Trade in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Skilled Trade in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great hourly wages while it lasts(425-30/hr) for floor employees, but in the long run you would be much better off working for $5 or even $10 less per hour at a stable employer. Benefits appear great but a recent lifetime cap on benefits of $130k has left many employees without benefits after one bout with a serious illness like cancer.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs due to outsourcing, politics and union busting tactics. Favouritism and harassment run rampant on shop floor and are endorsed and promoted by shop management, although of course HR advertises "equal opportunity/harassment free". They will also tell you in your interview they can offer you 10 years worth of work, just the first of many many lies. They have promised that and handed out layoff notices to employees on their first day of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out to the shop floor, you will be horrified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A very interesting and challenging place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    9/80 program is great
    Excellent co-workers and managers
    Diverse projects that will challenge your abilities
    An excellent learning environment
    Access to experts from many fields of engineering

    Cons

    Occasional field assignments can cause difficulties communicating with co-workers onsite.
    Workload can become hectic depending on the number of projects and deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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