Regional Manager (Current Employee) – England – 10 November 2018
As a remote worker there is a high amount of self-discipline and self-motivation required. I have worked for Babcock for 8 years and they are a strong employer. I enjoy working in my business unit, but it has been challenging. There is a lot of red tape to cut through to do the simplest of things and that impacts the culture and motivation. The company is behind similar sized business in respect of social media and employee wellbeing and as employees crave more than just the salary and security, colleagues are starting to look elsewhere for employment. As there are so many departments and divisions there is a lack of understanding and respect for each other. Offices can often house several departments who treat each other as strangers and rivals, rather than colleagues. I have loved working for Babcock, but unfortunately its is desire to change and become current is too slow and it is losing its talent to companies willing to nurture and value it.
varied work scopes , good people, ggod working enviroment, as taken on for 3 month durtion keep on working various departments assisted the overall working of the copany changing over form Mod work to commercial Oil & Gas & offshore wind farms
Fleet Programmes Project Manager (Current Employee) – Faslane Port, Argyll and Bute – 29 October 2018
A well know company thriving in the industry they are in. I have went from Project Engineer to Project Manager in quite a short space of time. My line manager was great as he had been in the position of Project Manager previously. Providing support and encouragement when required. The hardest part of the job was juggling resource from other platforms. Overall it is an enjoyable place to work. I work with an abundance of good people.
Apprentice (Former Employee) – Rainhill – 22 October 2018
Such a good training course for anyone who is looking to further themselves in their chosen career path ! Babcock looks after its apprentices / interns and makes sure that they achieve the best to their full potential.
Good company, Continue to respect staff.flexible hours, good career progression opportunities. Friendly environment. Some very knowledgeable. Unfortunately my contract was over with Babcock and hope to come back again.
Regional Trainer (Former Employee) – North West – 16 October 2018
Great team to work with but higher management had no drive to lead the business and create new opportunities. This lead the business in to redundancy situations. Managed focused on numbers and had no skills to motivate, lead or inspire a team. Management had no idea of what the job consisted of and where led by spreadsheets and a bury the head in the sand culture,.
Good mileage rates
NI work-life balance, over worked, underpaid, impossible to achieve bonus.
Predetermined tasks, internal audits, supplier assessments, joint customer audits. New methodologies and work practices. A flattish structure Open and informative Steep learning curve. Working with other departments and colleagues.
easy chilled place to work, never work for such a laid back company before. they offer free tea and coffee. flexible hours as long as you do your contracted hours you could go in an hour late and leave a hour later.
The business like to tick all the boxes but don’t live and breathe their “so called” cultures
Regional Operations Manager (Former Employee) – UK – 7 October 2018
Worked for the company for several years and found the early years a good place to be. Sadly this deteriorated. They are Keen on graduates which is fine but treat them like royalty and sends the wrong signals to the rest of work force as they receive special treatment. Sadly many of the Grad’s are smart but severely lack management experience and people skills. People who work hard are not recognised and if you are in with the management and your face fits you certainly get places - even when you do very little And demonstrate little in terms of achievement. The less you do the more people think of you it appears. I regret giving the additional hours, travelling to meetings up and down the country for little purpose to satisfy personal ego’s.
(Rank Watch Manager) - Lead Trainer / Instructor (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 3 October 2018
Babcock was in the early stage of a new contract when I joined them. They always supported there and listened to there staff. Team work was essential in the role as a trainer, this was definitely the case.
Regional Manager (Former Employee) – South of England – 1 October 2018
The job at Babcock involved much time planning and driving all over the South of England. This involved meeting my tem and also employers and learners completing Apprenticeship programs. As the job was dictated by the Government changes happened quickly an needed to be communicated to my team effectively and fast. A very KPI focused job that meant keeping my team motivate and individually on top of their targets I
Regional Trainer (Former Employee) – Manchester, Greater Manchester – 1 October 2018
I worked here for over ten years and only left due to redundancy. I always found it to be an enjoyable company to work for although opportunities to progress seemed to be along the "it's not what you know it's who you know" basis. Fire fighting was common place and whilst I never had any issues with management it is difficult to name a manager that I really respected and admired.
Good work life balance. Transparent and honest dealings.
Vocational Learning Advisor (Former Employee) – West Yorkshire – 27 September 2018
Initially a good company to work for. Full training and support. Then.......more and more work pushed onto me (Equivalent of half another employees caseload or in real time another two week's work per month, however there's typically only four to five in any one month). I was penalised for then not meeting targets 😀 Hilarious on all accounts. Middle manager petrified of losing her job. Higher management appear to think they are untouchable (Turns out they weren't) Not something I'd like to experience again. Not worth the agro, cash, effort, time, conflict. Would strongly advise against
Training good if your face fits on a 'yes sir, no sir' basis.
Personal Development Coach (Former Employee) – Coventry, West Midlands – 17 September 2018
This was a brilliant company to work for. They really invest in their staff development and are keen to ensure staff well being. I would certainly go back to work for them given the chance.
My job was working with apprentices and that certainly came with its challenges. However I felt like management supported me every step of the way when I came across any difficulties. I was not micromanaged but had guidance when needed. I felt like my opinion mattered during staff meetings.
I felt like everyone I worked with was friendly and open. I made many friends within the team.
IT Department (Current Employee) – Portsmouth, Hampshire – 28 August 2018
Babcock as a general day to day job is an ok place to work and the team I work with is made up of some great team players.
Most teams are massively silo'd more than any other company I have known, I've never known a server group so split up and unwilling to work together. This expands past that to other teams such as Networks who literally couldn't be more obstructive when it comes to service delivery.
Sadly the higher management have no interest in rewarding loyal employees and would much rather employee new people at higher salaries which leaves a bad taste in the mouth of those who've been loyal and have gathered a massive amount of key knowledge it would take newcomers years to gain. I would like to add I've not suffered this as I've only been here a year but seen it happen to many who've been here 5 years or more.
I don't see Babcock lasting far past the next decade if they continue to operate like it's still 1990. They need to start valuing the loyal employees and respecting the deep knowledge they hold of the environment.
The ethos here is deliver the projects cheap and then spend twice the original amount botching it up afterwards. Needless to say I'm already looking elsewhere.
I wouldn't recommend a job in the IT departments here unless you're really strapped for cash...
Nice Campus, some good people
Poor Project management, archaic upper management holding back progress.
As with many jobs, your success in the role can be very dependent on your manager and your willingness to learn and adapt. I really enjoyed working at Babcock, was provided with many learning and developmental opportunities. However, I know this was not the case for everyone and there's a sense of having to prove yourself multiple times over.