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The Babcock & Wilcox Company Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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The Babcock & Wilcox Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer E. James Ferland
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Pros
  • Decent pay mixed with little stress and a 9/80 work schedule (in 51 reviews)

  • B&W has good Benefits, 9/80 work schedule which allows for you to have every other Friday off and they have good employees (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management fails to recognize that the most important asset is it's people (in 9 reviews)

  • I worked for B&W as an intern for over a year (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barberton, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barberton, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly qualified engineers.
    Culture of collaboration and mutual respect between employees/departments.
    Lower level supervisors are actively involved in daily business and project activities. In most cases, minimal micromanaging.
    Supervision shows concern for well-being of employees.
    The company promotes social interaction among employees which leads to a better spirit of teamwork.
    9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Average pay.
    Questionable job security due to reliance on the power industry, primarily fossil fuels.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time

    Pros

    Good visibility and benefit, company stock

    Cons

    Lack of visions and long term plan

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis R&D

  3. "Co-op"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH

    Pros

    You can learn a lot here

    Cons

    I was not introduced to people when I got here resulting in nobody knew I was here to help until the end when I finally started to get more work to do.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance is available

    Cons

    To many changes at the top


  5. "great place to work, good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time

    Pros

    the global setting allows you to grow and learn

    Cons

    workload does not support work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    ensure you understand work load before reducing staff.


  6. "Past empl"

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    Former Employee - Prior Group Controller in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Prior Group Controller in Lynchburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was Group Controller at the end of my career. Business is always tough but B&W always seemed to have employees that pull it through. Employees are its best asset, a mixture of young and old.

    Cons

    Sensitivity to employee concerns must be kept in the forefront to insure there will be new talent coming into the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a strong people/employee sensitivity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Circling the drain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Few good people left
    Friends make it tolerable
    I wish I could come up with more but that's about it

    Cons

    CEO
     Communication
    Old school managers that have no clue how to actually "manage"

    Advice to Management

    CEO, let me tell you why there has been so many costly job mistakes. Mainly the almost billion dollar 3 headed monster as its affectionately known. People who are not happy or worried about losing their job constantly, tend not to go the extra mile and are not focused. If you don't think these mistakes have any correlation to the manner in which you rule, you are sadly mistaken. Just another clone GE churned out. You destroyed a once great company all in the name of greed.

  8. "Oldest Boiler Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Superintendent in Napa, CA
    Current Employee - Project Superintendent in Napa, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive wages, allows supervision to continue with union benefits, only hires union workers, excellent training and safety programs and quality is top in the industry

    Cons

    Little chance of advancement, no paid holiday, no sick time, no paid vacation, no incentives for performing good work, loyal employees are put on awaiting orders without pay


  9. "It is a pleasure working for B&W the problem is the segment of the company that I work in depends on coal."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Barberton, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Barberton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Babcock & Wilcox Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    B&W has good Benefits, 9/80 work schedule which allows for you to have every other Friday off and they have good employees.

    Cons

    The Power business segment is not solely depended on the Coal Industry but it is definitely affected by it and the company is constantly changing which affects moral within the company.


  10. "Safety Manager"

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    Former Employee - Safety Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Safety Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Babcock & Wilcox Company part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management, continued education highly supported

    Cons

    Temp work most of the time (project to project)

    Advice to Management

    Upfront training is the key to completing a project on time, safe and in sound condition. Spend the money up front and it will pay out in the end.


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