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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 5 January 2019
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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of exposure to various entities of the business allowing you greater career growth
    -Team working
    -Good management

    Cons

    No real cons from my experience


  2. "Power System engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Comparable salary in the utility industry, good benefits, pension, flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many re-organisations going on, promotion may be difficult, sometimes too slow to get things going

    Advice to Management

    Too many re-organisation is killing staff morale.

  3. "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working for a world class asset management organisation

    Cons

    The wealth of experience in the staff is dropping, especially due to the recent re-organisation. The whole employment package is no longer what it was.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a huge cultural shift. The staff are not feeling appreciated or valued. A more commercial outlook is needed.


  4. "Power System Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Flexible working
    - No micromanagement
    - Relax environment
    - Good career progress
    - High pension

    Cons

    - Hard to get promotion
    - Low efficiency and slow moving business
    - Lack of technical expertise
    - Too bureaucratic
    - No financial intensives


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Steady as she goes"

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    Current Employee - Control Engineer in Wokingham, England
    Current Employee - Control Engineer in Wokingham, England

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment where bad language, discriminative comments etc not tolerated

    Cons

    Salaries are only going one way - south


  6. "Procurement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work / life balance

    Cons

    Senior Management
    IT Systems
    Bureaucracy & Approval Processes


  7. "National Grid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, varied opportunities for progression

    Cons

    Slow moving, reluctant to change

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs a cultural overhaul"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong values
    Good pension
    Modern looking office

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Bureaucratic
    Slow decision making and managing change
    Low salaries
    Red tape
    Decisions made due to fear of board and committee member
    Does not embrace younger work force and are made to feel isolated as many employees have been there for years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop employing so many at middle management level.
    Stop fearing the regulator, if you want to get an idea through make the time, or get a graduate or young vibrant colleague to deliver it.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours. You can work pretty much the hours that suit you.

    Cons

    Training and development for technical staff is non existent. The management team do not care or understand about technical roles. If you are good at talking you will progress. If you are clever with strong technical skills you will stagnate.

    Advice to Management

    stop acting like soft skills are everything. Start to value the clever techie people.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Adult culture. Strong values. Progression opportunities

    Cons

    Not the best at managing change