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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 21 March 2019
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  • "A real work life balance place to work" (in 36 reviews)

  • "The company is good , work environment is nice and salary is average" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development is key at NG.
    Encourage Autonomy.
    Flexible Working.

    Cons

    Slow at decision making.
    If you don't want to develop this isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but a little faster.


  2. "Good opportunities"

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    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

    Opportunities
    Benefits
    People
    Good amount of flexibility
    Good opportunities for development

    Cons

    Can be slow to get things done at times

  3. "Reasonable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and facilities reasonable

    Cons

    Impersonal, out in the sticks difficult location to get in and out traffic bottleneck


  4. "Salary"

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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

    Professional attitude of all consultants

    Cons

    Not much to mention


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Big bureaucracy, slow moving very hierarchical"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent office environment, focus on inclusion

    Cons

    Very slow to make decisions and implement changes. Very cliquey - many people promoted based on tenure of service and who they know rather than merit.


  6. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Evesham, England
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Evesham, England

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

    Pros

    There was a great opportunity to develop with National Grid

    Cons

    Unfortunate closure of Evesham office, which located to further afield

    Advice to Management

    Just loved working for NG , it was a great opportunity


  7. "Good for development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Very good at developing staff

    Cons

    Lot of travel involved with the job

  8. "Not as good as they used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training opportunities for future work and a good place to make connections

    Cons

    They don't pay enough against the rest of the industry and they constantly rely on their 'historical work package' to make their salaries seem better, but you wont get any of this unless you joined pre 2005. They are currently trying to make cost savings of upto 30% and the first place they have looked at is staff. Cutting overtime, personnel numbers and benefits. Removing people from office who you want and needed to stay and keeping people who have no idea what they should be doing. Rely too heavily on their historical industry record and not on developing themselves as a good employer

    Advice to Management

    Don't take from staff to gain for yourself. Your staff are all you have between you and SHESQ and financial problems. Streamline, modernise and bring up to date your policies and procedures. Don't desktop audit staff when looking to down scale staff, do a full review because likelihood is that your staff who cost more, are doing a more effective job and are more committed to the company and are covering other people lack of commitment. Don't downgrade employees end of year review grades to make further savings. Look after your staff and they will look after you, your company and your profit line.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture of change"

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    Former Employee - Innovation Associate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Former Employee - Innovation Associate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Friendly employees. Many opportunities to work in various areas of the business. Well paid if you’re a specialist.

    Cons

    Does not walk the walk when it comes to work-life balance or consideration of employee well-being. Some areas of the business can be toxic due to ill-equipped management that should not have been placed in positions where they manage people.

    Advice to Management

    People skills at management level is lacking in certain areas of business, this presents staff with untenable situations where to work itself is suitable, but the mangement is not.


  10. "Good for wellbeing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good for company for health and wellbeing

    Cons

    Requires a lot of travel

    Advice to Management

    Encourage development