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Just work
Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Scotland9 December 2017
People work hard here. no so much fun but I would not say it is a bad company. Some procedures are a bit frustrating but in place for a reason. not similar experience on each department.
Pros
none
Cons
none
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Untrustworthy , Uncaring , AVOID !!!!!!
Coach Builder (Current Employee) –  Walsall, West Midlands7 December 2017
Always trying to find something to do to justify day . Management backstabbing each other all the time with a bully boy attitude .
Have learned that a bigger company cares less about its work force !
Most enjoyable part of the day is going home ,miserable place to work where all they think about is disciplining work force and never rewarding them for good work
Pros
None
Cons
Everything about place
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Busy but enjoyable workplace
Organisation Development Project CO-ordinator (Former Employee) –  Leatherhead, Surrey6 December 2017
Managing the companies flexible benefits scheme and reporting. Enjoyed working with the team in an ever changing environment and tasks. I also learnt a lot regarding HR over my 10 years with Babcock.
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The job is great......however
Vehicle Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Lyneham, Wiltshire30 November 2017
I love my job and have enjoyed working in a workshop with some good people on the shop floor. the hours are good to work around and a half day on wed or fri is great. The facilities are not great but have worked in worse. Higher management tend to listen to staff when they have issues and will try to assist as much as they can they strive to be as diverse and as open as possible to all, which is good as its not too PC culture.

However there is a tendency for some lower level management to hide things under the carpet and keep information from staff. Any accident will result in a investigation like you have murdered someone. Rather than identify the cause they would rather prevent the outcome (PPE first before anything else) Nothing will get fixed as the company line is no money and its down to another contractor to repair. Some departments have an us and them attitude and you can feel the tension between work areas. Work place heating is a constant issue but they do try to solve it....only for it to break again and again.

Dont expect to progress anywhere as courses are like rocking horse poo and you may get told to read the manual to know how to fix something you have never touched.

Morale is dropping at the same rate as people leaving......rapidly.
Pros
Union on site friendly and helpful, higher management friendly, work hours good
Cons
Over-reactive H&S, Sweep thing under the rug, NO career progression
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Difficult
QC Lead for Babcock (Former Employee) –  Rosyth21 November 2017
Good people difficult place to work came to job half way thro contract so difficult to get into shape from qc perspective by time I left we had a decent qc dept for commercial contracts
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Productive but also quite safety aware
Ammunition Accountant (Current Employee) –  Blackwater, Surrey14 November 2017
Working with ammunition it is not a normal kind of job as you can appreciate, there's a safety awareness element. The job itself runs under the electronic calendar.
Organising the issue of ammunition on daily bases, making sure all requests have been authorised and security forms attached to it including safety data sheets.
The ammunition is checked every Thursday via a system called Oracle and once done, stocktake is printed out to be rechecked by a Duty Manager.

A month in arrears all ammunition course requests are checked and ammunition is counted per item and matched with what's in stock to assess the need to be restocked via an Ammunition Depot. we called it external demand.
This involves transport booking and military escort requirement.

The hardest part it is the external demand of ammunition as it is quite detailed and it needs as much accurate as possible. Very tiring to the eye.

Part of my job is the responsibility of Catering Services account. Although I am not the camp 'Local Purchase Officer' since 2012 the Site Ops Officer made me responsible of this account due to the large amount of services they provide. And sometimes still fill the gap by solving any other issues requested by Management.
Local Purchase is a part of my job that I most and absolutely loved, but due to the company restructure they decided to obsolete all single posts.
Pros
30 days annual leave + 8 B/H + sick benefit
Cons
low pay compared outside companies
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Developed me into the professional I am today
Waterfront Support Engineer (Current Employee) –  Faslane Port12 November 2017
A company which has come on strong within the last 10 years and has an evident focus on the development, welfare and safety of its workforce. Babcock is worldwide and has secure contracts in many disciplines.
Pros
encourages development
Cons
sometimes bogged down by old attitudes / styles
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A relaxed environment with typical month end pressures
Accountant (Former Employee) –  Hurn, Dorset11 November 2017
The company is going through a huge change and therefore undertaking job losses and understandably not the same fun, motivated workplace it once was
Pros
Flexible working hours
Cons
No study support
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Rubbish
FLT Driver (Former Employee) –  Bovington, Dorset9 November 2017
Dont waste time with this company totally been a waste of mine. Started off great then management want to restructure the company its like they make it up as they go
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Good company
Office Administrator/ PA (Former Employee) –  London Bridge Station, Greater London7 November 2017
Good company to work, nice work ethics and nice atmoshere.

Currently moved office so could not comment on that.

Had locely experience and would support them again.
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Poorly Structured
Technical Instructor (Former Employee) –  HMS Collingwood, Hampshire17 October 2017
This is for an instructional position with Babcock International where the students are Naval trainees.

A new teaching methodology has been introduced for students which has resulted in poor motivation and learning for students as well as being exceptionally frustrating for the instructor.

IT facilities are poor as is the real estate that's been provided as a workplace.

The pension is particularly poor compared to other teaching jobs.

The basic salary is above average for the area, though this one positive is heavily outweighed by the numerous negatives.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Pension, motivation, job satisfaction, workplace conditions.
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Really enjoyed working with many of the people but found very poor salary compared to other companies
Trainer (Former Employee) –  UK15 October 2017
Under the old management of VT training really enjoyed the company and colleagues when bought out by Babcock found no opportunities to advance and cutbacks and pay freezes didn't help.
Pros
Under VT management prior to back Babcock merger enjoyed a fantastic company car
Cons
Poor pay and cutbacks
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Babcock do actually believe in all their staff
Residential Support Officer (Current Employee) –  Coventry, West Midlands3 October 2017
Babcock are the most amazing employers who care very much about their staff and their customer. I feel very lucky to work for such an amazing company.
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Target Driven
Anon (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, Cambridgeshire24 September 2017
Its a fast paced company with targets and deadlines that are reflected with good practice and a bonus scheme. You may not always achieve this due to the KPI's that are required. The hours are long and are not reflected within the pay scheme/salary. You are mostly remote working, but have local offices that you can attend for training purposes or use of hot desks.
Pros
Expenses Paid, Equipment provided and bonus scheme
Cons
Long hours, Lots of driving.
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Opportunities for hardworking people
Trade Control Manager (Former Employee) –  United Kingdom14 September 2017
This business is very large, which presents a lot of opportunities. The employees are incredibly nice and gifted. Babcock is conscientious about employee safety, and invests in their employees well-being.
Pros
Nice co-workers, talented people, good salaries and opportunity
Cons
Very large business, which tends to mean upper management have lost touch with daily work task difficulties.
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High targets
Vocational Learning Advisor (Former Employee) –  Ipswich, Suffolk5 September 2017
Driving many miles to learners that cancel appointments. Case load of 40 learners overs 200 mile radius.
Work life balance good managing your own diary and hours. Many of the staff lovely to work with.
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Excellent working environment for any HR professional, providing a wide and varied working experience.
HR Advisor (Former Employee) –  Lincolnshire30 August 2017
An excellent company who provide a diverse arena for any HR professional to experience and develop their HR skills. Babcock provide office or field based roles and have a robust infrastructure that values HR input and close liaison to the operations environment.
Pros
Excellent Benefits and career opportunities
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well versed in fast-paced work environment
Safety Health Facilitator and First Aider L2 (Former Employee) –  Choma28 August 2017
A Zambian male aged 20 years of age, holder a good educational background and work experience out of great potential and hard work for the best outcome of service and hold all necessary documentation to prove the authenticity of my resume.
Pros
no
Cons
normal hours of work
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productive place.
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Walsall, West Midlands22 August 2017
A typical day at work can be varied, one day it can be extremely busy in which you have a certain amount of time to complete a task and then another day the work can be really slow in which your team leaders will find you other jobs to do so there is always something for you to do.
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Restrictive and narrow focus
Apprenticeship/ Quality Assurance Co-ordinator (Former Employee) –  Plymouth, Devon12 August 2017
Good company to work for with a great range of benefits, but restrictive in their promotion and staff development.Silo approach to business. BUT would certainly return if the opportunity arose.
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