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Updated January 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours allow for a healthy balance of work and home (in 11 reviews)

  • Great opportunities to work in other countries and cultures (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Mixed messages from senior management (in 16 reviews)

  • Poor management that clearly had never undertaken any management training (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "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. "MORE VALUE IN PEOPLE REQUIRED"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Better company to work for under the alliance.

    Cons

    The company misses opportunities. Unfortunately, if you become unwell through work, you will not be fully supported. Full employee benefits will not be presented at joining. There are some time sensitive benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as a valuable asset.

    Babcock International Group Response

    Jan 17, 2018 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awful company to work for.. Avoid!"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock International Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very little the top are looked after while staff are treated like dispensable commodities. Pension and a shareplan which your paying into to help the big guys.

    Cons

    I’ve never worked anywhere where morale has been so low, staff are bullied (sexuality and gender) I had to resign as I was bullied out! Unable to deliver job easily as serious lack of management skills means staff operate in an “unfitting manner” against the grain of their colleagues. Unbelieve HR when you need it, follow procedures if you like but the result will always favour the business. Systems are unfit for purpose and yet rolled out across the business.. total joke!! Avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Move on and take the deadwood with you, perhaps in a modern move some female Senior Executives....

    Babcock International Group Response

    Jan 12, 2018 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible... More


  4. "Old company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Share plan , location.

    Cons

    Not in touch with modern working practices, strange working environment with undefined rules/ practices .... a business as old as Babcock doesn’t change overnight so there is a strong public sector mentality, not for professionals used to corporate evnvironments.

    Babcock International Group Response

    Jan 2, 2018 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible... More


  5. "Unhealthy nepotism and sterile outlook"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Devonport, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Devonport, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time

    Pros

    Obsessed with Health and Safety.

    Cons

    Too many ex-Service-military personnel who treat it as a old boys club which stifles talent. Riddled with nepotism. Many over inflated jobs which are in reality, non-jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Your choices of person-to-post are predictable. Your working environment is too sterile and bossy. Too many staff without enough to do who wander about looking to enforce rules for rules sake.

    Babcock International Group Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible for our employees.


  6. "Bullying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time

    Pros

    interesting work, but square pegs in round holes

    Cons

    no chance of promotion for long term staff, new staff are paid more than long term staff. There is a big problem with bullying mainly by middle management

    Advice to Management

    Look at your middle management

    Babcock International Group Response

    Nov 2, 2017 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible... More


  7. "They are the experts! not so...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time

    Pros

    not much for leadership or core values

    Cons

    vp - in over his head (told everyone on a conference call when he left), HSEQ - frc coveralls for welders, secondary containment for varsol wash tanks, no idea what COR is, complete waste of O2. Late pay bills meant we had to basically lie to vendors and suppliers about pending payments. I had experience in all of this, they did not

    Advice to Management

    why not let the experts do it ?

    Babcock International Group Response

    Nov 1, 2017 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible for our employees.

  8. "Please don't work there!!"

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    Former Employee - Enrolment Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Enrolment Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The working hours, nothing else.

    Cons

    Terrible management.
    Very quick to pass the buck.
    One of the managers enjoys sacking people, nearly our whole team has been sacked in a year. That's a team of 15 down to 3 as of today.
    No compassion.
    They're a training provider, but no training is provided for the staff.
    The 'main managers' both work part time.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your current managers at Aztec West and get in full time staff who know what they are doing. It's a disgrace of a company because of them.

    Babcock International Group Response

    Oct 9, 2017 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible... More


  9. "I wouldn't recommend except you're desperate"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager - OHL in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager - OHL in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Joined because it promised so much but delivered so very little but it paid the bill

    Cons

    Badly run and out of touch senior managers & directors that never seem to be at work. Out of touch with reality and overall very disappointing place to work, cold and very unfriendly place.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say? Find competent and in-tune directors and start again.

    Babcock International Group Response

    Oct 2, 2017 – Head of Social

    Thank you for your review. We’re sorry you feel this way. Your role is important to us at Babcock and we highly value what you think. We’re keen to better understand your experience so we can learn... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly Managed Old Boys' Club"

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    Current Employee - Business in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to finish at 1pm on Fridays. There is free fruit on Mondays if you're quick enough. Not much else to shout about.

    Cons

    No actual work to do for months on end. No training. No mentoring. Most of the people who work here are ex-military and know other people in other companies that thy work with and it's just an old boys' club really

    Advice to Management

    I have no idea how they can make this place a better to work. Probably sack everybody including themselves and start again!

    Babcock International Group Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Head of Social

    We’d like to assure you that our team are listening and take all reviews very seriously. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us to provide the best experience possible for our employees. If you... More


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