The Babcock & Wilcox Company Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2020

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The Babcock & Wilcox Company CEO Kenneth Young
Kenneth Young
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "9/80 work week gives you every other Friday off(in 71 reviews)

  • "I see a lot of people mentioning the 9/80 work week, but I never saw any point to it(in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "B&W still continues to be middle and top heavy(in 13 reviews)

  • "Many rounds of layoffs in the past years and upper management is constantly turning over(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Work with Great People"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Worker 

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting Field Smart Coworkers Flexible Hours Bountiful Opportunities for New Responsibilities

    Cons

    Tough Time for the Industry Period of Rapid Change

  2. "Horrible IT Management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Compressed 9/80 work week and holiday schedule

    Cons

    IT management made it clear they did not care about the rank and file IT associates and that they were in it for themselves. Rank and file were there to serve the almighty managerial deities. If you were a corporate kiss hiney, you were fine. If you spoke your mind and they did not want to hear what you said, they threw you under the bus and hung you out to dry. It was a good ole boys club that perpetuated itself by creating a hostile work environment for anyone outside the managerial club. In addition, age discriminatory behavior was prevalent. When a new CIO was hired from the outside and he came with his henchmen, he cleaned house and the good ole boys in the almighty managerial deities club scattered like rats jumping off a burning ship. The almighty managerial deities in IT suddenly found themselves on the outside looking in cluelessly wondering what happened. The only thing I wish the new CIO would have done is fired more of them.

  3. "ok"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time

    Pros

    ok place to work for an engineer

    Cons

    lots of layoffs; management instability

  4. "Was a great place to work ."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work and people. Good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Always laying off. Business is bad

  5. "Decent company struggling with the ups and downs of the power industry"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time

    Pros

    Big company Friendly coworkers Good work environment

    Cons

    Poor business strategy 3 CEOs in 2 years

  6. "Quality department"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Barberton, OH

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance. 9/80 schedule was awesome. Pay was favorable.

    Cons

    Company struggles trickles down to all departments & employees. Change in culture/direction every 6-9 months.

  7. "Company is too Management Heavy"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * 9/80 work week gives you every other Friday off * Some people are really great to work with * It is a job that helps pay the bills

    Cons

    * People are promoted not based on what they know but who they know * Many people leave the company for a year or two only to be promoted while those who stay and at loyal to the company are still in the same position. A company should reward loyalty but instead, B&W lets people leave and come back only to move up the corporate ladder. This sends a terrible message to your current employees and drives moral into the ground * The organization is too top heavy with a ton of managers who don’t deserve their positions and few employees who actually do the work * The coal industry is on the down slope and no new innovation is occurring making their industry offerings look like dinosaurs * Benefits continually decline every year with something else either being reduced or taken away * Unless you are with the “in” crowd, don’t plan on being promoted

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  8. "Enjoyed My Time"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time

    Pros

    Every other Friday off if participating in 9/80

    Cons

    In last few years: Service Based Match taken away Declining morale

  9. "Long term employee"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Lancaster, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with

    Cons

    New management is inexperienced and poor decisions, company has many RIFs and is shrinking.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Complete loss of job security"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and 9/80 schedule Benefits- though rather expensive

    Cons

    Never knowing if you're going to have a job No work Depressed employees Depressing workplace Salary freeze

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