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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 16 September 2018
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National Grid (UK) Chief Executive John Pettigrew
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Pros
  • "A real work life balance place to work" (in 35 reviews)

  • "A very big company with seemingly good benefits" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor Management who care very little about staff" (in 9 reviews)

  • "red tape and decisions made by committees" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good people around you who will support you develop and pick you up when you make a mistake

    Cons

    You dont get involved in too much technical work


  2. "Engineer"

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    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

    Pros

    Variety of work if based at Warwick
    Compensation good

    Cons

    Slow decision making
    Parking / traffic at Warwick
    Frequent reorganisations

  3. "Ancillary Services Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pension salary, people are nice to work with

    Cons

    Limited career progression, pay could be better


  4. "Energy Analst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wokingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wokingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Its struggling with its IS within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to Listen to staff.


  5. "Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Development oppertunities

    Cons

    Too much change
    Uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Create a robust business plan and stick with it


  6. "Old job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good social prospects especially sailing

    Cons

    Difficult to progress up the ladder quickly. Some subject areas are congested with old hands and difficult to grow into as a consequence.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetence"

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

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

    Pros

    Struggling to think of any

    Cons

    Profit driven management , people at the top not having a clue about the poor state of the infrastructure and low staff morale. Under staffed and over worked. Gives out the image of a caring company, but it is not. Salary no longer competitive. T & C's slowly being eroded away. No staff support. Going from on disaster to the next. It's amazing the electric stays on

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers at the 'sharp end'. Come down out of your ivory towers and see what's really going on.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Going down hill fast"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work colleagues
    Average salaries did have good T and Cs

    Cons

    Execs and Senior management don't care about the about the staff just profit
    T and Cs are being whittled away
    Used to be a good company to work for but too many reorgs, don't finish one before they start another one, constant change and low staff moral
    Lip service given to health and wellbeing but not put into practice
    More and more expected for less pay/bonus

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees while you still have some left to listen to


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management culture"

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Experienced and skilled Engineers

    Cons

    Poor Management who care very little about staff
    Lip service paid to health and well-being
    Too much expected from too few
    Inexperienced junior staff being promoted into senior roles without people or life
    skills
    Too many reorganisations which are becoming demoralising for passionate engineers within the company

    Advice to Management

    Try to appreciate the skill base that exists and start looking at the experience of your managers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Improvement Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Offer of flexible working
    Pay is good against market average
    Lots of opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Makes too much money to change properly, feels like there is no reason to change even though customer want them to
    Top level leaders/directors Band A and above are very detached from the reality of the business
    Lots of additional layers of middle management that cause red tape
    Large communications are not handled well

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking for so many audits and status checks and go and see how your teams are performing, this will give you confidence your business is delivering more than asking for hundreds of audits


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