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National Grid USA Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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National Grid USA CEO Steve Holliday
Steve Holliday
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, except during year end and other financial reporting periods (in 9 reviews)

  • Good pay if you've worked there a long time (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited upper management growth without having to relocate (in 5 reviews)

  • Unstable, change in senior management every 2 yrs, consultants are in every department replacing full time employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. good company - moves slowly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England

    I worked at National Grid USA

    Pros

    safe job, pleasant people, great work life balance, nice offices, decent benefits, good atmosphere, emphasis on support network, decent management team

    Cons

    despite all the good points raised, this company moves very slowly. staff are not incentivised to work any harder than the minimum required and promotions are a very slow burner.

    Advice to Management

    in order to cut waste and improve efficiency - closely monitor those people underperforming and take action if required! Reward good performance and deal with underperformance...

  2. Diversity and inclusion policy in uk a complete and utter sham

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    Former Employee - Craftsman in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Craftsman in Manchester, England

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pension. Perks. Immediate manage ment no problem

    Cons

    High level management in operations have nothing but contemp for the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Steve holiday. Get a grip. Your policy's blatantly ignored. Look in depth at the industrial staff survey results

  3. P2P Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Good hours.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement. It seems like all the jobs are being relocated to the Reswoods location

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  5. Great People, Great Comnpany

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA (US)

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large Organization with a lot of exposure to a true professional environment. Excellent colleagues with diverse and impressive backgrounds. Employees generally well managed and taken care of

    Cons

    Compensation and Opportunity for advancement can be limited. Employ review process complicated and lengthy and can feel like your a statistic not a person. Moving on ideas or programs challenging because of the size of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify - Organizations with this many people need to regularly look at process improvements, but at the same time encourage innovation by rewarding it. Benefits package is excellent but straight compensation could be improved, especially in some of the business lines where demand for qualified staff is high.

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    Lead Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a large company. It is a good place to work for younger workers starting their career. If you show initiative and drive, you will likely be given opportunities to advance. The benefit package is very competitive.

    Cons

    National Grid is a very frustrating place to work for anyone who has been there for a while. Constant churn of leadership and a trend to fill leadership positions with people who do not know the fundamentals of the business. The company has a hard time getting basic work done while new executives try to build their reputations with new "innovative" ideas. Innovation is great, but you still need to keep the shop open, the lights on, and the gas flowing. Seems we can't do that anymore. Nobody is going to get rewarded for doing the core business well and efficiently. I don't think leadership could even recognize it when it happens.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot knowledgeable, experienced people there...though the experience people are leaving in droves. You should try engaging them.

  7. Internship in Buffalo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot that isn't in school. See a lot of large equipment in field. Field work is about 30%. Everyone is willing to answer questions about how the power grid works.

    Cons

    Lot of downtime. Lack of "engineering tasks".

    Advice to Management

    Have more work for interns.

  8. Long term contractor 4 years. Global procurement Buyer

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    Former Contractor - Buyer Global Procurement
    Former Contractor - Buyer Global Procurement

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay negotiated on my own., flexibility depending on your manager
    I came in through staffing company of my own.
    Good people to work with .

    Cons

    Temp to hire never happened . Lack of communication in procurement , No process or procedures to follow. No formal training .
    Many are expected to work OT with no recognition.
    Commute on 128 is difficult..

    Advice to Management

    If you invest time into. Contractor for 4 years, treat them as an asset. Too many people put into positions that they aren't qualified for. People are promised jobs. Workers are overworked and burnt out. Don't put regular employees on so many assignments when they also have to carry out their normal roles as well.

  9. Helpful (1)

    okay. not too good or bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Pros

    air-conditioning free coffee, tea. and a very clean environment

    Cons

    very boring, tedious and no room for growth. If that's okay for you, then you'll be fine. Nothing new will happen...

    Advice to Management

    allow room for expansion

  10. Good benefits, lack of direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people to work with. Very educated group who are passionate about what they do and care about customers

    Cons

    Salary, lack of direction from leadership, make big changes and don't think through the impacts

  11. Stability is key

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    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You won't find a company less likely to fold than a utility. If you're looking for a 30+ year job, this is a great place to find it.

    Cons

    Very unfocused upper management, sometimes seems like they churn just to keep changes happening.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a plan, and stick to it. Listen to your subject matter experts. Focus on the day to day and the rest will fall into place.

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