- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
Employees rate Reading 24.1% lower than the overall average
I worked at SSE full-time (Less than a year)
- Great new office in Reading.
- Flexible working hours.
- Attracting great people with a can-do attitude.
- Lack of pace or a sense of urgency.
- Not listening to the expertise or knowledge which newly hired people bring.
- Overly complex projects which are not sustainable or viable.
- Reliance on external consultants.
- The number of repetitive presentations.
- When creating a project to deliver new products, the senior management team leading it need to have the correct experience and expertise.
- "Get it right first time" attitude, rather than "test and learn".
- One of the most risk adverse companies in the world!
- Safety is re-iterated beyond belief. You will get shouted at for not holding the handrail when walking down stairs! Seriously!?
Advice to Management
You have hired experts, yet do not listen to them or involve them in any discussions or decisions. A very "old school" company with a firm and formal management hierarchy. No opportunity to innovate or test or learn products. No opportunity to take risks.
The energy sector is facing challenging times, and without diversifying your portfolio by test and learning and taking risks, there is no future.
I applied online. I interviewed at SSE (Reading, England) in August 2017.
Asked to pre prepare a consultancy brief and to present this in any format of my choice. Was then asked to go through my CV. Afterwards was told to expect a second interview with my interviewer's boss. This never materialised and I never received feedback, despite chasing HR after a couple of weeks.... Not at all what I expected from a FTSE 100 company.