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.
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.
Loader/Driver (Former Employee) – Warminster, Wiltshire – 12 July 2018
Having spent the last 4 years working for Babcock in Warminster I can honestly say that this is ,without doubt the worst company I have had the disspleasure of working for. The management are very weak and set themselves low standards and targets that they fail to achieve!! The workforce are great and try very hard to carry out day to day taskings as required. With little to no management support it became tiresome and laborious. Staff numbers are steadily falling as employees seak alternative work to get away from a morale sapping work environment. It is a great shame that a prestigious company like Babcock don’t invest in the workforce to try and rescue a rapidly declineing situation.
Babcock was a clean and presentable open plan office. There were some outdated bookkeeping techniques and competency tests being used. The I.T and H.R system were particularly slow at arranging access for new starters. In my opinion there was a particularly cliquey attitude in the office which did not make for a welcoming environment. The leaking of sensitive personal information amongst the staff was in particularly disturbing for myself. Especially given the nature of the business and the security vetting required to work there.
Driver Trainer (Current Employee) – London, Greater London – 10 July 2018
Having been Tupee'd across I was pleasantly surprised by their can-do attitude and willingness to invest in people and infrastructure. While work pressures born out of a pioneering contract can be immense and middle management can be inconsistent, overall it has been a very positive experience and I would happily recommend Babcock as a place to work.
No training, too much work for staff to do it correctly and efficiently, high staff turn around, constantly being 'told off' for things not being done despite lack of staff and trainng. Expected to work overtime to get the work done. More and more is dumped on HR despite the lack of staff. Incredibly high stress levels amongst the department. Lack of support from management. Poorly paid
Excellent policies and procedures although not always followed by management
Internal Verification (Former Employee) – North East – 29 June 2018
Very good induction programme and support on appointment. Very high pressured and policies and procedures not always followed. Very little room for advancement within the company. Reasonable salary and package.
Worked within a 26-strong payroll department for 3 out of a 6 month contract. My time was spent transferring information from one system to another within a smaller 5 person team. Work colleagues generally were so obliging and extremely helpful and couldn't do enough to help. I learned 3 new systems that I'd never used before which is something that will aid me in my future endeavours. The hardest part of the job was sometimes there was a lack of communication between managers leaving me not knowing what I was supposed to be doing. The easiest part of the job was working with the people in the payroll team. Disappointed that I was released from what was originally promised as a 6 month contract with a fairly unsatisfactory explanation.
IT Analyst (Current Employee) – Portsmouth, Hampshire – 10 May 2018
The company itself is ok to work for. Half decent pay which is hard to match. The biggest pitiful is it's Male Buddy enviroment - women within the IT desk are not valued as equals and if you have children expect your application for any further roles within the company to be put at the bottom of the pile. - This is my own opinion.