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Babcock International Group Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Long history, training and development can be good (in 4 reviews)

  • Some good people some really unpleasant people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Many of the senior management appear to be ex-civil service or ex-forces (in 13 reviews)

  • Lack of direction of Senior Managers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unethical Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the employees are pleasant but overall tone of company and senior management is very unethical and selfish.

    Cons

    Long hours with no compensation, no bonus for hard work or results, overall morale of company is very low, high turnover, poor benefits, below average salary, employees just a commodity. Abusive senior management. North American operations likely going teets up.

    Advice to Management

    Get good lawyers as former employees will be suing for unethical treatment


  2. "As with many large companies in these industries..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, good salary and benefits, a wide variety of work and opportunities available, getting to work with great professional colleagues

    Cons

    Frequent or constant change, lots of uncertainty on many levels, processes are often slow and bureaucratic which can be frustrating. Predominantly top down communication.

    Advice to Management

    Seems to be making some positive changes, needs better communication in some areas and some more attempts at continuity and stability


  3. "Just ok, not great, not terrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule and paid overtime

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, old school way of thinking

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate old school thinking and lead employees based on current generational ways


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  5. "Fabricator"

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    Current Employee - Fabricator in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Fabricator in Rosyth, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good rate of pay if your on the shifts, also decent pension although as most places not as good as in the past

    Cons

    The company doesn't seem to work as one unit instead broken in to lots of smaller units. The work comes in bursts due to poor planning I would suggest


  6. "BD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - development opportunities
    - huge organisation with plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    - barriers to implementation of new ideas


  7. "Good people, salary & progression"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working people - work/ life balance
    Salary and plenty of progression

    Cons

    Lack of offices in the East Midlands


  8. "Senior Quantity Surveyor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babcock International Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, wide variety of projects to work on.

    Cons

    Management support was not always available.


  9. "Devonport - worst company and management ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Genuinely none that I can think of. This place really is awful. Whether working on shop floor or in the back offices.

    Cons

    Total autocratic environment born out of a complete refusal to move out of the 1970's. All management have been there for 20 years plus, and it's an awfully clicky environment.

    Outside of that many staff/management are openly racist and prejudice against different sexualities which as a heterosexual white male I found extremely offensive. This openness was even laughed at during 'equality' training. It went beyond individuals, this was cultural.

    A culture of fear is used on lower staff and management ride the gravy train from the 'good old days' contracts. The few staff that face fits, usually due to family members being in the management click already are fast tracked financially. Others are told that appraisals/development are a 'waste of time'.

    Other than that staff are made to work in offices that are falling apart with aspestos, heating is turned off to save money in view of the management personal shares wealth so staff all sit cold with coats on. In the mean time a multi million pound state of art office block is being built as a flag ship building of the dockyard. This is will house senior management.

    The methods and treatment of staff at this company are disgusting. I have worked at far poorer companies before and since and have succeeded in all my roles and felt appreciated. This place is as low as it gets.

    Above all their results/product is awful as a company for the dockyard. An expensive solution.

    I am sure this post won't change how the place is run but hopefully it will prevent someone having the worst time of there life working here.

    Advice to Management

    Try and get some senior management that arrive from 'outside'. Continually bringing in directors as a side step from the navy who have been in the dockyard for 40 odd years or those who have been there 20+ through various contracts is leaving a very dated stale environment. I'm sure this won't change how the place is run.


  10. "Great if you are senior management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are average to good
    Lot of good people work there
    Government has an apparently inexhaustible supply of money to throw at it

    Cons

    Babcock Canada - This is the most two-tier structured company I've ever worked - there is one rule for the executives and senior management, and one for everyone else. This wouldn't be so frustrating, but the company has a huge surplus of 'senior managers' and 'directors' and 'vice presidents' that don't actually seem to DO anything.

    This varies by department - according to the org chart, one department has 4 directors and 3 employees (Business Dev) while other departments don't seem to have any executives (mainly the various support departments who are left to fend for themselves at the table)

    The 'executive' class seems to get all kinds of lovely bonuses (personal trips, huge bonuses etc), while everyone else has to cut costs constantly.

    Every team is in it's own little silo while middle-managers fight to stake a bigger claim for themselves. Virtually no inter-department communication.

    Advice to Management

    Keep riding that gravy train! You guys have it MADE!


  11. "Think twice before working here"

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    Current Employee - Project Support in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Support in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company so will easily get a job

    Cons

    Stressful environment
    Ego driven
    No progression
    Lack of job retention
    Salary is awful

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees at lower levels before making decisions


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