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First Utility Overview

Coventry, England
1001 to 5000 employees
2008
Company - Private
Utilities
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
First Utility Group is a challenger energy and broadband provider, operating as a wholly owned subsidiary group of the Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell). Currently serving approximately 825,000 homes, the company launched in 2008 to provide an alternative to the incumbent ... Read more

Mission: Here at First Utility we aim to provide a fresh approach to multi-utilities. Our goals are simple. We want to make the running of your home (managing energy, broadband and home-services) straightforward, painless and great value for money, for everyone.


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Top CEOs: 2017 (#16)

Company Updates

  • Fantastic couple of days hosting our Company-wide conference this week at the Ricoh Arena. From games to 'chat-show' style questions for our Exec, the focus was very much on the excitement of our future. It was wonderful to welcome colleagues from our Krakow and Hamburg offices to HQ in Coventry to share in the fun.

  • Congratulations to our Internal Communications Team who came away with not one, but two merits and an award from yesterday's IOIC Central and Northern Awards 2018. It's fantastic that the launch of our retail benefits platform featured in two of these. Very well deserved by all involved!

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First Utility – Why Work For Us?


Making it easier and cheaper for people to manage their homes

Here at First Utility we aim to provide a fresh approach to multi-utilities. Our goals are simple. We want to make the running of your home (managing energy, broadband and home-services) straightforward, painless and great value for money for everyone.

In 2008 we launched as a small but promising energy start-up, with ambitions to help customers spend less on what they need and more on what they want. Today, we’re the largest independent energy and broadband provider in the country with award-winning customer service.

We supply gas and electricity to almost 1 million UK homes and are proud to have saved our customers over £500m in cheaper energy bills, along the way.

  • Apprenticeships
  • Mentoring scheme
  • First Perks - exclusive discounts from nearly 900 retailers
  • Holiday Trading Scheme
  • Private Healthcare
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Staff tariffs
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Charity events
  • Quarterly team socials
  • Den area with sofas, table football and Xbox
  • Carpool scheme
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and squash in every kitchen

Here at First Utility, we like to think; first things first. When you know what's most important - and those things come first - the rest looks after itself. So, enjoy what you do. Next, you’ll experience, question, develop and inspire. We never sit still. As well as offering more for our customers, we’re always looking for ways to offer more for our colleagues. So if you work best with fast-pace and thrive on developing and evolving ideas, then a career with us could be your next move.

We’re rapidly becoming one of the Warwickshire and Coventry region’s biggest employers and we strongly believe in fairness and equal opportunities when it comes to our staff. All our employees earn above the living wage - we think that’s only right.

Our people are our business, so supporting our colleagues to reach their full potential is a fundamental part of life at First Utility. We recently launched First Forward, our online guide to development opportunities with information on available apprenticeships, career pathways and our mentoring scheme. We see many of our colleagues progress within Teams and also into new areas of the business and we share our successes on our business-wide internal forum, from great feedback, to job opportunities and charity events.


                                                    

                                                    

Life in Customer Operations captures our core value 'engaging'. As we expand our product offering we’re making the most of every opportunity to do something different for our colleagues - like our Broadband launch when colleagues were met in the morning by managers dressed as superheroes handing out Super First Fibre cereal - great way to start the day!

We're always doing our bit to support the NSPCC from baking to the London Marathon, with our colleagues posting photos in our G+ community.



Tech is at our core. As one of our largest teams, BTG manage our in-house mobile app, web experience and core platforms.

BTG's aims:
* Differentiate us from our competitors through the innovative use of technology and data
* Improve customer experience e.g. with our award winning App

We are truly Agile in how we work and push our technical know-how in new areas:
* Machine learning and AI
* Harnessing Big Data to deliver valuable insights across our business
* Continuous integration
* DevOps

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coventry, England
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    I have been working at First Utility full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in development has always been - for me - a struggle to work in a place where the team work together, teach and learn from each other and with no elitism.

    Culture

    You are constantly encouraged to better yourself as an engineer from your team mates, leads, principles and above. Since being here my skill's have improved further as well as my knowledge and as a person. With the introduction of internal user groups for certain tech and presentations you can watch or give, the culture is a breath of fresh air.

    Team mates

    There is a lot of knowledge which is shared without any issues. Everyone is there to help whenever they can, from software engineers and up.

    Tools

    The world of web development is a fast paced and constantly changing, given the chance to explore with research days allows your knowledge to grow and the products we write then benefit. Our tool set is constantly growing.

    Cons

    Only one I can think of is to have a better pension contribution, but that is clutching at straws!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and culture you provide to allow me/us to enjoy work so much!

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First Utility Photos

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First Utility photo of: A sprinkle of Disney magic in the office celebrating one of our latest tariffs
First Utility photo of: Eid celebrations
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First Utility photo of: Our Ride London 2017 Team
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First Utility Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at First Utility (Coventry, England) in September 2017.

    Interview

    ice breaker to kick start the assessment the a maths and English test, a group exercise, a role play and then 1- 2 - 1 to finish the day off

    Interview Questions

    • why did you choose to work for first utility   1 Answer
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First Utility Awards & Accolades

  • Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended, Good Housekeeping, 2016
  • A Spokesman Said Winner; Best Customer Service, A Spokesman Said, 2016
  • Customer Service of the Year, Utilities, Customer Service of the Year, 2017
  • Netmums Recommended, Netmums, 2017
  • The Institute of Customer Service, ServiceMark Accredited from Jan 2017 - Jan 2020, The Institute of Customer Service, 2017
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