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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 5 Sep 2019

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National Grid (UK) CEO John Pettigrew
John Pettigrew
76 Ratings
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  • "poor management, not enough space and meeting rooms(in 10 reviews)

  • "Lots of additional layers of middle management that cause red tape(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Management Accountant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very flexible management.

    Cons

    No cons noticed so far

    National Grid (UK)2019-07-08
  2. "Good organisation to work for"

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    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Wokingham, England

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

    Pros

    Maternity leave/child care (family friendly) Relocation package Fairly good pay

    Cons

    Too many changes Lack of coordination on changes

    National Grid (UK)2019-08-27
  3. "Well payed and stable but unexciting"

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    Current Employee - Asset Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay is typically above the market average for comparable roles - There is a positive and inclusive company culture - Lots of flexibility around working hours, holidays, childcare breaks etc - Unions which negotiate annual salary increases - Well respected organisation within the wider industry

    Cons

    - Not much growth resulting slower progression - The company could easily take a leading role in the industry on many issues but often chooses instead to take a backseat - Very shareholder-value oriented, not enough invested back in the business - The parking situation at the Warwick office is awful

    Advice to Management

    - Expand the skills within the business to reduce outsourcing, instead of cutting back. - Take a leading role in decarbonisation and other big issues - Invest more in staff

    National Grid (UK)2019-08-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Far too many chiefs with individual agendas."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Diversity. Benefits.

    Cons

    Distinct lack of understanding of the foundations required to create a sustainable workplace. Too many contractors reinventing the wheel. Lack of trust. Unfair progress processes, more who you know than what you know. People are beginning to stop caring.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on reality within the workplace. Stop giving in too easily and restarting programmes too soon. Understand that successful programmes require strong change management. Use the expertise within the organisation rather than constantly bringing outsiders in. Concentrate on one large change programme at a time instead of six. Provide cohesion and collaboration from the top.

    National Grid (UK)2019-09-05
  5. "Great place to work with some downsides"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good progression and pay, some great people. Despite the cons below I actually enjoyed my time

    Cons

    Redundancy programme as a result of cost cutting was very very badly designed and managed. Many good people lost but many bad and incompetent people remain. Leadership struggle to see through the bull**** that some of the “favourites” swan around with. Company with great potential let down by short sightedness

    Advice to Management

    Leadership need to get out of meetings more and understand the issues , take ownership and stop delegating

    National Grid (UK)2019-09-05
  6. "Good employer slow pay progression for new young staff."

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    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, important work, ethical company with good holiday and parental leave.

    Cons

    Strange budget managment, giving staff redundency, cutting jobs while at the same time have a hiring initiative. Culture is bad as a result of massive compensation discrepancy; 2 staff with the same responsibility over 100% difference in compensation value is common. Bad American style performance managment system, fit to a normal distribution. Very slow pay progression for new employees related to the general... staff population.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much money on things that do not deliver value, reduce contractor spend and redundency and pay new staff instead.

    National Grid (UK)2019-09-05
  7. "Change"

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    Change Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK)

    Pros

    Good work life balance (Depending on the team you are in) Some interesting diverse work Flexible working

    Cons

    Transport links in are poor. Lack of consistency in general leadership and house keeping across managers. Top level management are too far away from whats really going on due to the structure. Recently went through cost cutting re organisation which has left them short so now need having to recruit. Too many leaders are "subject matter experts" and dont know how to lead a team or control workload. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what a leader vs SME is, understand good performance better and control your teams workload instead of just saying yes to everything and delegating.

    National Grid (UK)2019-09-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Culture change"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and great for the CV. Being a large company there are many opportunities for different roles

    Cons

    Culture has changed with new CEOs. Bullying by various levels of management is not dealt with, even though many complaints to HR were made about the same individuals. Lack of support by senior management, very political with many personal agendas preventing appropriate decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on your personal agendas, help support the change you ask for. Stop playing lip service to employee wellbeing.

    National Grid (UK)2019-08-30
  9. "be wary of joining Procurement"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comany is reputable , nice office

    Cons

    Would not recommend working in Procurement. Workload is high well being is ignored by managers. There is a high turnover rate with majority of employees leaving to join competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to why your people are leaving. The same issue are cropping up.

    National Grid (UK)2019-08-23
  10. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development opportunities and competitive pay / package

    Cons

    Regulation makes growth a challenge in the UK

    National Grid (UK)2019-07-29
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