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Babcock International Group Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Many of the senior management appear to be ex-civil service or ex-forces (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "Too focussed on the bottom line. Could not care less about the people it employs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Security of a large organisation
    Some employee benefits (depending on your individual desires)
    Fast track to promotion through rapid staff turnover.

    Cons

    Lack of meaningful engagement with workforce
    Constant attempts to bash square pegs into round holes rather than value and develop the skills of the individual to the benefit of both the individual and the organisation
    Poor salary offering.
    An IT division which stifles business opportunity.
    Red tape wrapped so tightly around everything that kills business development.

    Advice to Management

    Sell off the bits that work better outside the bureaucracy and constrictions that a government support services organisation require.
    REALLY listen to staff rather than the faux attempts to carry out staff surveys that no one trusts or believe make a difference.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with and pretty good terms and conditions. A wide range of industry experts from a wide variety of backgrounds.

    Cons

    Very, very conservative and risk adverse organisation, which still employs many old, outdated civil services principles. Many of the senior management appear to be ex-civil service or ex-forces. There appears to be very little new, commercial blood. In some ways it might be viewed as quite institutionalized. As a consequence the company is very slow to change and adapt to new markets or opportunities. The management structure is very complex and confusing, with lots of little 'empires' competing for attention, power and resources. This structure leads to many agendas not being in line with the corporate agenda and objectives - irrespective however well meaning they may be. In addition to the complex and often conflicting management structure is also hampered by a poor delegation of responsibility - especially from a financial perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Stop recruiting management from the same old pool of ex-civil service and ex-forces. You may consider them to 'know the customer' better, but their lack of true commercial experience is holding the company back.


  3. "Too much overhead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock International Group full-time

    Pros

    Young engineering team, good coworkers

    Cons

    Way too much management, horribly managed overall. So many processes and paperwork but not a lot gets done. Split into multiple offices which is very inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, get rid of management levels. Project management and planning teams are huge and ineffective.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Oh dear, things aren't going well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The business genuinely has some incredibly talented people, who are great to work with and who really want to do what's best by the projects and the customers.

    Cons

    Poor middle and senior management, business stuck in old legacy bad habits resulting in poor cost control and project over spends.
    Zero development,
    zero career progression,
    zero order book pipeline due to pricing issues.
    Poor package means poor recruitment and high new job offer rejection rates and high staff turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Change starts at the top. Deadwood needs to sweeping out. Review projects business and review cost modelling process', you may actually start to win work. The second star was for staff, who you don't really deserve!
    Best of luck.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mental health"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Hamilton, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Operator in Hamilton, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people some really unpleasant people
    Send you to a railway doctor and don't act on the review
    People don't choose mental illness

    Cons

    They don't take mental health seriously
    Perhaps if they did then I wouldn't have had to leave and now be in poverty

    Advice to Management

    Understand mental health


  7. "Summer Placement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Placement in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Placement in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees and atmosphere.
    Opportunities to work on large scale projects and gain responsibilty quickly.
    Felxitime arrangement and half day Fridays.
    Good location within Bristol.

    Cons

    Work was not challanging or stretching.
    It often felt like placement students were given menial tasks to get the project to finish within deadlines.
    Employees did not seem motivitated by work creating a poor work ethic and laid back attitude across the office.
    Poor effort with new starters, often without computers, log ons or even sit with correct team.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more enthusastic work force by challenging the emplyees.
    Change perceptions of work and what is required of employees.
    Increase benifits or pay to enage and motivate employees.


  8. "If your face fits ..... management can be disengenuous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gosport, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gosport, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Babcock International Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good compared to the market as is the pension scheme. Annual leave 25 days per annum creeping up by a day after 5 years of continuous service. .

    Cons

    Be prepared to work more hours than contracted for no extra. Contracts of employment can be inconsistent. Members of management prone to make promises which are not kept and disingenuous at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be open, honest and consistent. Listen to the staff and take action rather than just focusing on the P&L and maintaining margins! Do the first and the second will take care of itself.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Out of touch for a FTSE100 company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager
    Current Employee - Business Change Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is growing and there is a lot of work in the pipeline
    Training and development opportunities are very good
    Working hours and locations are quite flexible

    Cons

    Senior positions are occupied by ex-military staff and there is a glass ceiling for anyone who does not have that background.
    Pay is quite low in comparision to competitors
    Benefits are ok, but very basic in comparison to other FTSE100 companies
    Max 2% pension is low
    Very risk adverse
    Company overwhelmed with process
    Micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile and encourage staff to act on their good ideas.
    Pay employees what they are worth opposed to trying to drive down costs


  10. "Babcock Defence Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Holyhead, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Holyhead, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ex military are not the brightest sparks so an outsider with some intelligence can do well. With perserverance and a strong will some changes can be achieved.

    Cons

    Intransient thought processes of ex RAF can be a severe obstruction to any innovations ('we have always done it this way') Can be highly stressful and frustrating to achieve targets as there is virtually no backing from the senior management team.

    Advice to Management

    Impossible to advise as all managers are ex military and refuse to exit their comfort zone in fear of making a mistake. I believe that contracts are rewarded with the understanding that a high percentage of the staff will be recruited from exmilitary as most of them find it difficult to find employment in the real world


  11. "tackover"

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

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

    Pros

    trying to inprove site with old managers

    Cons

    no proper stratergy after takeover

    Advice to Management

    bring in your own team of managers



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