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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 8 December 2017
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National Grid (UK) Chief Executive John Pettigrew
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Pros
  • really good work life balance, can work from different offices (in 28 reviews)

  • A very big company with seemingly good benefits (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • red tape and decisions made by committees (in 7 reviews)

  • work-life balance, good compensation for outperformers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "NG UK"

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

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

    Pros

    Large vital organisation delivering energy to UK and US customers, so a wide range of careers available.

    Cons

    UK side is somewhat stagnant, investment is to US mostly

    Advice to Management

    Quit focussing on the short term


  2. "National Grid"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good group of people

    Cons

    Lots of restructures across the company


  3. "Gno1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good work force. Any thing you need for tools great and great training options

    Cons

    Treated more like a number then employee,


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  5. "Inclusive employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company supports inclusion and diversity

    Cons

    Lots of change ahead in the energy industry

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote the CSR agenda in challenging times


  6. "Mind the gap"

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus, work life balance, workplace

    Cons

    Hierarchical organisation, big gap between vision and employees, very political, too many 'lifers'

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your ivory towers and start working out what you need to become or you won't survive.


  7. "Good opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Graduate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Former Employee - Graduate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourages training (on the job and courses) , and development. Good progression opportunities for starting career

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical. The pay and bonus isn't amazing, especially for business support roles.


  8. "Mixed Bag, good while it lasted."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, interesting work, some great managers, some poor ones.

    Cons

    poor processes, loads of waste. No parking. Promotion appears to be dependent on time served not ability

    Advice to Management

    Managers are wasted if you use them to do Technical tasks.


  9. "Good company, but it might be a little slow-paced for you."

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    Current Employee - Internship in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Internship in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A good working environment with a lot of people who care about your development. Money is good for the amount of work you put it.

    Cons

    The company is a little slow-paced and it might be hard to find the information you need. Most of the managers aren't very charismatic people.

    Advice to Management

    It might be a good idea to appoint younger managers.


  10. "Overall good development and opportunities, vary highly on which team, manager and HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move across electricity and gas in commercial and technical roles. Benefits are good. Work life balance good in most teams.

    Cons

    Opportunities and work life balance can vary highly between teams / directorates. HR procedures can be limiting in progression.

    Advice to Management

    Showcase your strengths through growing and developing your people. Allow them the freedom and space to deliver in their own way. Politics in certain directorates/ teams need to be minimised.


  11. "OK, but can be extremely frustrating at times"

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    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incentives to personal development, relatively easy to move jobs/area within the company, decent benefits package, and generally very good work/life balance. Very diverse in the engineering part of the company, and the atmosphere in the office is good.

    Cons

    The "relatiely easy to move jobs within the company part" also becomes a con, because people change jobs so quickly (sometimes even less than 18 months), there is no stability in teams. By the time you develop a relationship with internal stakeholders, it is time for you or that person to move jobs, and it all starts again.
    Also, no accountability and real interest to improve processes and outputs, as people tend to avoid anything that will take too much effort because soon they will move jobs anyway.
    Jobs are too narrow, as the company wants to specialize people, make the jobs/tasks as routine and repeatable as possible, sometimes feeling like robotizing employees. That probably adds to the culture of moving jobs quickly, because understandably people get bored of their jobs very soon.
    Non-flexible processes which can be frustrating, no clear accountability in some parts of the business. Extremely "silo" working, people don't know what their colleagues in a team who sits right next to you are doing, extremely poor communication between SO and TO sides of the business. Management want to keep changing things to prove they can manage change and get their promotion, but most of the times the changes are just to teams structure, the processes (and hence the issues they say they want to resolve) stay the same.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, make processes run smoothly, less politics inside the company.
    Make jobs less narrow and more interesting, to keep developing employees but increasing team stability.
    Value engineers, this is an engineering company with very specific skills required, not a sales company.
    Think more on the end consumer and less about influencing the industry to self benefit at a high cost for society.


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