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Babcock International Group Reviews

Updated May 19, 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 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unethical Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Devonport - worst company and management ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Think twice before working here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "don't work there"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Babcock International Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    really no pros, bad environment, poor colleagues, very unfriendly atmosphere, poor location and a lot of bureaucracy

    Cons

    All said above, luckily it was just a contract and I was able to leave at the end of it.


  6. "Same Old beliefs from long serving employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Fitter in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Electrical Fitter in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros are the health and safety Policies are strictly adhered too
    Long term future is appealing

    Cons

    Poor promotion prospects company seem to not look at peoples qualities basically your employed in this role and that's your ceiling you wont be going any further.No incentive to stay with Company
    No mentor system for apprentices most never get any pro active work to increase learning potential, just shipped out to any department for 3 -4 months

    Advice to Management

    Incentives to employees to stay in Company rather than move on to another


  7. "Vile company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are pro's????? I saw none.

    Cons

    Terribly high workload, not enough staff to do the job.

    Bad management who will tread on whoever they like to make themselves look good.

    Unrealistic expectations from management and expect staff to work like robots, not allowed to talk during work!!

    Constant team meetings always resulting in reprimands or members of the team crying. The team are constantly accused of incidents that haven't taken place or through Chinese whispers have the wrong end of the stick, they make your life a misery for it without even finding out the truth! I refer back to second sentence, people tell tales to kiss the backsides of higher management and have gone so far as to tell outright lies!

    Excruciating low morale, due to management and bullying, and the best bit is, they cannot see how bad it is! Or they simply choose to ignore the toxic environment.

    Management have a 'Do as I say not do as I do' attitude. Tell you that you cannot do something, which is fine and 5 minutes later they are sat doing it!!

    Listened to one manager talking ill about numerous staff on her team in earshot of them as well as EVERY other team in Babcock and made personal insults about senior staff members of other teams that they personally don't like.

    A lot of people are now seeing the light and the management for how vile they really are, and are either being signed off sick or leaving. That in my eyes says it all really!!
    Unless you want a life of misery, stay away from this company!

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to the toxic environment you are stirring up. The team were at one point all very good friends, until management cause unnecessary rifts between the team, throwing around accusations which in turn cause the team to fall apart. The team falling apart is ALL management's doing, not the staff themselves, who actually all get along outside of work!


  8. "Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hurn, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hurn, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    On-site car park
    I can't think of any more pros but have to meet 20 word minimum for this section

    Cons

    Poor management that clearly had never undertaken any management training
    Poor work-life balance
    Poor training
    Awful company culture to work in and employee morale at an all time low
    Not anything like what was sold to me at interview


  9. "Not what it used to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Safety and security albeit in a process driven organisation

    Cons

    What used to be a vibrant and entrepreneurial culture has been suffocated into a cost focussed and centralised finance process driven culture. All aspects of employment have been dragged to the lowest common denominator, and salaries and packages have been eroded in order to return costs to shareholders rather than provide service excellence to customers or attract and retain the best talent. The net result is that customers looking for value are beginning to take their business elsewhere. The outlook is bleak, but the new senior management team seem only to be interested in the current year performance, and to hell with the longer term viability of the business.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Run a mile!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only pro to think of is there are some nice people, although not many make it to management level

    Cons

    Lack of staff involvement / communication, inept management, directors sole interest is their bonuses and reduce staff pay and conditions to protect them.
    Virtually No chance of promotion unless you are public school connected
    New management direction every couple of years, constantly breaking working processes with new flawed thinking
    Very little development of current staff, bring in inexperienced staff on poor contracts
    Their core values are a myth they like to hide behind

    Advice to Management

    Please promote from the ranks that know the business inside out!
    take advice of long serving experienced staff!
    Have a longer term plan and invest in staff, your staff are your only asset and you constantly alienate them.....


  11. "Worst employer ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time

    Pros

    It was good working Monday to Thursday and having every weekend off and the workers on the ship were very helpful and friendly and so were the staff in DCZ5

    Cons

    Some of administrators are rude and unhelpful and my line manager was horrible and was a liar he had 3 meetings with HR at the same time due to the way he spoke to people he was a horrible horrible man

    Advice to Management

    My best advice to management is to make sure your training your staff properly and supporting them I had no training and no support when I worked there


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