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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated 5 February 2018
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National Grid (UK) Chief Executive John Pettigrew
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  • 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. "National Grid Warwick"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, Good Share save scheme and pension, relaxed working environment. Good development opportunities if you find the right department.

    Cons

    Different departments have different cultures, some departments are much more flexible, development opportunities can be rare in some areas of the business.

    Advice to Management

    NG policies on flexible working hours/working from home need to be applied consistently across all departments.


  2. "Not exactly Google but great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources 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

    Very good work life balance- most people work 8-4 or equivalent.
    Great environment.
    Very supportive culture.
    You get out what you put in

    Cons

    Lack of onsite parking. Traffic around Warwick is terrible.
    The move from staff to manager is seen as just 'the next career step' so there are many managers who have no real leadership skills and are not trained in managing a team- it's a very unique skill set.
    Poor performance is not managed well- very easy for lifers to stay for years receiving their pay rises and have no incentive to do anything other than the bare minimum.
    Slow and bureaucratic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Manage performance better and be stricter about who you promote to managers- not everyone is suitable....and that's ok


  3. "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is good , work environment is nice and salary is average

    Cons

    Long list of old veterans good for nothing kind of people who will keep passing there work to the juniors..

    Advice to Management

    Replace the old staff with some really good knowledgeable hard working subject matter experts and explore the world of modern agile way or working


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  5. "Current Role"

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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) part-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of development
    Great values as a company

    Cons

    Too many people doing the same thing.


  6. "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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work.

    Cons

    Car park on site is an issue.


  7. "Overview of management and working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Good corporate structure and great company to work for

    Cons

    Management need to improve management style and inclusion

    Advice to Management

    Improve management style and ethics


  8. Helpful (1)

    "No leadership diversity"

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

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

    Pros

    National Grid is quite an easy place to work, there is generally a good culture and work life balance. At staff grades there are generally opportunities to move around different parts of the business quite easily. Whether I would recommend to a friend depends on whether they want to progress in leadership or just max out on the (highly paid) staff roles. If leadership... I'd say no. If staff - fill your boots, high paid easy work.

    Cons

    High paid staff jobs means leaders quite often paid less than staff, limited opportunities to progress in leadership and generally only 'general management' style recruited. I can't think of a single senior manager who isn't middle-aged and white... I know this is true in a lot of places but come on, it's 2017!

    Advice to Management

    Take a risk on some diversification.


  9. "NG UK"

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    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


  10. "The companies a con."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Garenteed job, people don’t get fired, good pension, no stress, also good if you’re female or ethnic as they jump through loops to recruit such.

    Cons

    The company is a con, the leader lies on national TV that investment wouldn’t happen if the company was renationalised even though it’s a monopoly and prices could be determined to consider investments with assets generally paying for themselves (hence why people invest under a privitised regime).

    The company also recruits too many foreign staff thus giving jobs that have to be in the UK away from British people and aiding to the immigration problem in the country. HR are also happy lying when it suits them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to the public and move on to a competitive industry.


  11. "National Grid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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