Babcock Laboratories Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2020

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Babcock Laboratories CEO Allison Mackenzie
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to stay long term"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab in Moreno Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -An overall quality company with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. Many employees have been able to work in different departments according to their interests and goals throughout the lab, so there is definitely the chance to make a change or move up if you are willing to put in the hard work. -The company also highly values education and offers Tuition Reimbursement for those wanting to take courses at any local university/college. Several employees I have known have used the company tuition reimbursement program to complete their Bachelors or Masters degrees. Also, there are monthly/quarterly informational sessions for those employees who want to learn more about the environmental industry and company. -Compared to other labs in the industry, Babcock pays more for us analysts (trust me, check the glassdoor accounts for other labs in the area) from lab techs to instrumentation analysts. -Babcocks has extensive training. Many senior analysts have been trained in-house. -There is always a lot of food/potlucks and people remember your birthday. -Management is approachable, and friendly, and they care. I have never heard anyone raise their voice. -At least 20% (estimate) of the employees have been working there 10-15+ years and they seem to be happy.

    Cons

    Environmental industry can be tough in general. If you not willing to work hard, you will not succeed at this company.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good for the experience, low pay"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They train you on your job. Offer ok benefits. 401k after 6 months from start date of employment. ESOP

    Cons

    You aren't fully vested in their stock program until after 5 years of service after your start date. You're partially vested after 3 years from start date, and you can't use this money because it's a retirement fund. I heard that their was a high turnaround rate from this employer because of how low they pay their employees, and I had first hand experience. They pay their workers low, but pay their managers really well. I also found it dumb that they kept on calling their staff "employee owners" when workers have no say on what policies the company should implement such as pay, or benefits. They advertise themselves to be 100% employee owned company, which I feel like is a lie since they have a high turnaround rate from their employees, so I doubt everyone receives stock because I most certainly didn't . I heard the President and soon to be CEO is really tight on money so don't expect much growth if you were to be hired from this company. They also expect a lot out of you for very little pay. Overall I would say if you're planning to work here, just do it to get experience and then leave because you won't see much growth.

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  3. "Company Culture"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Babcock Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great Work environment to work in

    Cons

    No Cons about this company

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, casual atmosphere, coffee

    Cons

    Work load, high stress, low wages

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Gain experience and move on"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babcock Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    * ESOP company * Flexible work schedule * good laboratory to gain experience in environmental testing * improves time management as the workflow can be overwhelming but there is a silver lining - if you ever become an employee at a public agency it will be a cake walk * the people are quality * upper management does try to make employees feel valued - A for effort, B-/C for delivery

    Cons

    * wages but can't really expect them to match public agencies * no mobility - in my opinion not a place to stay long term * cross-training in different departments can prove to be difficult due to amount of work that may come in the door * seen departments shrink in size but expect the same work output (one department when from 4 to 2) * upper management micromanages at times and can be out of touch of what is actually going on in the laboratory

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating Management"

    2.0
     
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories

    Pros

    Friendly employees make work enjoyable.

    Cons

    Management cannot get out of its own way to let this company be as great as it could be.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "All talk but can't deliver"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They do pay for a portion of your medical benefits. They kind of have a retirement plan but it's less stable than the stock market. I have met some awesome people since starting here.

    Cons

    Management is absolutely clueless! They spend a lot of time telling all of us how lucky we are to work at this company but don't actually stand behind those values they preach to us. They spend too much time telling us to work hard to make our company a success and don't actually give us the tools we need to do so. Two days a week is not enough time away from this hell hole and it's a good thing I have medical benefits so I don't have to worry about medical bills from the mental breakdown this place is going to cause me. I'll just have to worry about how to pay for it because they will take away all of my benefits if I go on leave.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Top Notch in Environmental Testing"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    It's an Employee-owned company so employees are GIVEN shares annually without their permission, consent, or doing anything else. These shares are expected to grow substantially in the next 4 years simply because the ESOP was just formed. The company has a very flexible work schedule for most departments. The company currently does some very high profile work on the Federal level that has withstood the scrutiny of both on-site audits as well as data validation audits.

    Cons

    It's not like most government/utility workplaces so you have to earn your pay check and plan for retirement yourself. Chemists have to take initiative themselves to educate themselves on current technology so they can improve processes. Chemists with a degree and no experience might find they are still unqualified for certain positions. All positions require training; no exceptions. It can be a disappointing place to work at for people who think they know it all.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Absolute authentic data"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    I am working as an instrument data analyst in the company, all data is backed up by an analyst initial, no misrepresentation or forge numbers, managers understand the stress behind short hold time, and 100% stands behind the analyst for any missed hold time or errors caused by instrument. I would say this is the best company in Riverside to work for.

    Cons

    according to the industry, the co-workers agreed that they are underpaid.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Professional Opportunities and Stake In Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Babcock Laboratories

    Pros

    Babcock Labs is an Employee Owned company which means that the employees receive shares in the company while going to work and doing their job. The potential value of the retirement benefits far outweighs a regular 401K. For anyone serious about learning and developing their skills as an environmental analyst, Babcock labs provides plenty of opportunity. Many of my coworkers with more than five years at the lab have been able learn new instrumentation and analytical methods. I am very proud of the excellent reputation our lab has earned with the EPA and the great results we acheive in audits and performance tests.

    Cons

    Babcocks has gone through a great amount of change over the past 12 months and not everyone who works there is happy or on-board with the changes. It is hard to understand why anyone would be unhappy to be an employee owner but apparently they don't like taking responsibility for their own performance. The one or two negative people on staff really bring down the whole team. I honestly don't know why they don't move on and find a place to work that makes them happy. Their negativity creates alot of stress for everyone else.

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