Principal Engineer (Current Employee) – Schenectady, NY – June 11, 2015
I have working for this company for about six years. I'll talk a little bit about some of the most important things:
1. Job work/life balance: Excellent work/life balance, you get every other Friday off, and at 5PM you are done with your work and get to go home without taking any work home with you. (sometimes you have to work extra hours, but it is not that common unless you're a manager.
2. Compensation/Benefits: Salaries could be better but they are fairly close to other big companies, you get a CAP Fund, 401k (with company matching - 5%) , the pay for Master Degree's, PhD, and any other training you want to take, you have full dental, full medical and it is very inexpensive compared to other companies
3. Job Security: REALLY GOOD JOB SECURITY, which can be a bad thing because sometimes there are people who really should be fired based on poor performance and are typically not, unless they catch you doing something illegal it is really hard to get terminated.
4. Job Advancement: Some people complain about Job advancement, but this really depends on the person, I have been with the company 6 years and I have gotten 4 promotions already. If you put in the work, you will get compensated. If you do the bare minimum, you will have a hard time trying to get promoted. Also it is very easy and highly encouraged for you to move within the company, which is a big plus, if you don't like what you're doing or want to do something else, you can just go and apply for something new and different as long as you have been in your current position at least one year.more...
5. Management: Management is this company's Achilles heel, managers are mainly composed of very senior engineers who are tapped in the shoulder and asked if they wanted to be a manager (just because you are a good engineer does no mean you will be a good manager). This can be frustrating at times when trying to get something done and having to deal with introverted engineers who are now managers. A lot of effort is being put in right now to change this, and so far I have been seeing positive results, but there is still work to do.
6. Job Culture: This is something that took a while for me to get used to, given the nature of the work, there is a very military type culture behind everything we do. Everything tends to be done a very slow pace, and everything needs to be reviewed by 30 individuals before you can complete a task.
Overall a very good company to work for, who is striving to change for the better and get away from how things have always been done in the past.less
great job security. poor mangement practices, raises suck, health insurance is good
Engineer (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – July 14, 2016
You have to try to get fired and then even then it might not happen. Ex navy are promoted to management very quickly. Usually not a good thing. Poor raises. No cost of living adjustment, cost of benefits goes up every year higher than raise. If you happen to get a good boss you life and work will be great. And there are a few of those. Benefits have really good coverage.
Very regimented with strict adherence to procedure and protocol.
Engineer (Former Employee) – West Mifflin, PA – April 11, 2016
Extreme emphasis placed on working within the confines dictated by others, suppressing creativity and imagination. Very secure workplace as long as you don't think or work outside the box. Requires massive procedures and documentation of even trivial work. Real accomplishment takes decades.
Management does not respond adroitly to change and when change is necessary responds in a heavy handed dictatorial manor. Don't expect to be rewarded for superior work, knowledge, or experience, rewards are mediocre and handed out to those who skillfully communicate the mundane to their superiors.
If you like job stability, writing procedures to take out the trash, need instruction, lack imagination, and are a good sycophant then this is the place.
Free parking. Flexible hours (to a degree). Training.
Engineer (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – February 9, 2016
I've been with BMPC for 5 years. The starting offer was very generous but pay raises are minimal. After 2 years most engineers can make more somewhere else. During my time with BMPC I have completed an advanced engineering degree but it hasn't resulted in a promotion or pay raise. The company only evaluates education when hiring and doesn't look at degrees earned while working there. The company favors former instructors from the naval nuclear program or former naval nuclear sailors. People with that background are normally moved into management immediately regardless of experience in the area they are managing or people skills. Another problem is the groups that do the interesting work usually require experience you only get by having gone through the naval nuclear program or having been at BMPC for over 10 years. BMPC is having problems recruiting and retaining talent. Employee satisfaction surveys found less than 20% of employees feel the promotion process is fair and less than 40% felt they were fairly compensated. A high level of success depends with BMPC depends on your manager with good ones able to move their people up the ladder and get them good projects. The Idaho facility tolerates behavior that in most companies would result in termination (sexism, verbal harassment and abuse, threats). There are good things, the 9/80 schedule is nice. Tuition reimbursement is great. Job security is superior to the stereotypical government worker so you can literally be at work all day and only spend 2 to 3 hours actually doing work.
lack of opportunity, unprofessional behavior, long commute
current (Current Employee) – idaho falls, idaho – February 24, 2015
you will spend majority of your day kickin your feet up on the table listening to a bunch of people complain about how boring it is out in the desert you have to commute an hour to get to and put up with a bunch o hypocrits and interferences due to all the politics and last minute redundant meetings. if you are a good person you will get work thrown at you because most others are too lazy to do it. sirprisingly good pay for a long boring day with no time for family or social life. no means of extetnal communication so you get stuck there and cant leave or find a job elsewhere. no place for females either. 25 min lunch break and everyone sticking their nose in your business if you arent sitting at your desk
Services (Current Employee) – Schenectady, NY – January 28, 2015
While there is job stability and good benefits, advancement is very limited and the culture is such that they do not acknowledge prior experience or value advanced education. You can sit idle for many years in the same position.
Benefits, job stability
Very little advancement, unless you have10-20 yrs with the company you are treated like it is your first job.