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Updated May 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work for people willing to go the extra mile!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice atmosphere, interesting work, travel, fairly flexible, plenty of avenues for advancement. If you are willing to work hard and learn on the job then there are plenty of avenues for success. You will be rewarded for your hard work (most years).

    Cons

    There are times with lots of work and not enough resources, other times too little work with to many people. Focus on limiting overhead can be a bit extreme at times. Sometimes trips can last for an undetermined amount of time which can be stressful for the employee and family. Some groups work much harder than others and don't care as much about the project which can be frustrating. Minimal pay raises, sometimes company profitability is low and employees are not given raises or bonuses and only a chosen few are "promoted".

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting groups who are going above and beyond and coming up with innovative solutions to the problems our clients face.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Foolish Games"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and some of the people are nice.

    Cons

    They have convinced themselves that they are a big league player, they pay a good salary and offer a good annual bonus BUT: their market share continually shrinks because they are 100% risk averse and they are in a dwindling sector. Their environmental products are for coal fired plants, which are being discontinued, dismantled and not replaced. Think Titanic. The annual bonus that's part of your work agreement is a gimmick. Between 2005 - 2015 I think it was paid once or twice. Constant layoffs have reduced employees from 1,000 to less than 150 (!), and dwindling. Yet they think they are a competitor to companies that have 50,000 - 350,000 employees, cutting edge tech and deep pockets . Finally, to understand how they have no humanity, they SUE EMPLOYEES. Just look up the one court case they haven't been able to keep confidential - Babcock and Balles are the party names to the lawsuit. They lost and appealed and lost again.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, it's 5 years too late.

  3. "Principal Quality Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock Power full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and travel benefits and they allow two drinks per dinner. Good bunch of workers who always try their best. They had deep pockets.

    Cons

    Need receipt for everything and approvals go through admin who did not like me. Some of the approval process is suspect and they do not make exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    More mentoring


  4. Helpful (1)

    "run"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Auburn, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Auburn, MA

    I worked at Babcock Power (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    company used to be good

    Cons

    poor management ...company dying industry dying


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Dead End Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent Salary that is paid on time for now. Centrally located near highways. Onsite cafeteria.

    Cons

    This company is stuck in the 1960’s in a dying industry no less. If you would like to work at a place that is a synonym for inflexibility this is the place for you. Working from home and closing the office on snow days is only a thing of the future at this place. Management continues to grasp at straws by trying to “grab a larger share of a shrinking market”. The atmosphere here is a mix of people waiting to see who is going to get laid off next and a certain element of fat that could be trimmed but seemingly never will be. Many talented people have been laid off in the last few months and we are left to wonder if there is any future for this company whatsoever. We have to feel like the people who were let go were more productive than people who simply walk around all day shooting the breeze or camping out in the cafeteria at all hours of the day.
    Even the assistance for the current employees is lacking. Our HR department is often unresponsive, unhelpful and lacks knowledge to help employees with the day to day questions and help we require. It feels like they are trying to hasten attrition so there will be less people to lay off in the next round.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company while it is still worth something. Be up front with employees about the future of the company and where it is headed. Have more company meetings to communicate.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Losing the talented and nice employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Babcock Power full-time

    Pros

    Salary is good. The office location is convenient.

    Cons

    It is so sad that this company quickly changed to an unbelievable low level of ethic and unprofessional company in recent years. Technical plagiarism is allowed by management. Get rid of employees who complained. Money was used to hire lawyers to contest the ex-employee's unemployment benefit claim instead of training current employees or approving R&D works for the bussiness development.

    Advice to Management

    Technical plagiarism will not improve the company's competence. Laid off employees who have different opinions will not improve the company's competence. It is not wise to spend money to contest the former employee's unemployment benefit claim.


  7. "Heat transfer equipment"

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, good management, good quality

    Cons

    too decentralized, not enough diversification

  8. "OK to work for when contracts are there"

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    Former Employee - Manager of Documentation in Hubbardston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager of Documentation in Hubbardston, MA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for cares for its people can advance into different work areas

    Cons

    business fluctuates never sure when new work comes in to keep it going.


  9. "Project Estimator"

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    Former Employee - Estimator in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Estimator in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Babcock Power (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good tight knit group. Proposal work was good while it lasted. Strong project side when work is available. It was a good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Market is over and the company is transitioning to new areas. Will affect the current core make up. Future is uncertain with core competencies being phased out. Disappointed is lack of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep searching for next market. Invest in your workforce. Identify and keep strong personnel. Look outside the current power industry for applicable technologies.


  10. "Best of the Best these days!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company values its employees. Salaries were competitive. Great benefits, profit sharing bonus, and 401k match. Family environment where most people know each other.

    Cons

    Industry is a little unstable so layoffs occur more frequently. Majority of employees have been there most of their career. They don't always think outside their job description.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, your doing it right!


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