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Updated 12 April 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and talented colleagues" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, some very talented people in place in the business" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Over the top with health and safety as well" (in 16 reviews)

  • "I was told that the RTSD Field Engineer roles were not as stable as made out by Senior management" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Proving to be a good company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary. No real pressure. Colleagues are all decent and help is there when needed. Bonus available on all field quotes.

    Cons

    Travel time is poor compared to previous companies. I was told in the interview all work would be local but this has not really been the case. Apart from this I have no other real complaints.


  2. "Good company, great people"

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    Former Employee - Operational Security Engineer in Havant, England
    Former Employee - Operational Security Engineer in Havant, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse workplace
    Friendly Staff
    Good progression opportunity

    Cons

    Safety culture is over the top for office based staff
    'We've always done it that way' culture
    Hard to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff at the lower levels, they're a key source of information.

  3. "Okay depending on what you're looking for."

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    Former Employee - Real Time Systems Delivery (RTSD) Field Engineer in Perth, Scotland
    Former Employee - Real Time Systems Delivery (RTSD) Field Engineer in Perth, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Team had skilled Engineers / Project Managers.
    -Working with a wide range of IT/Comms/Control equipment.
    -Opportunities were opening up in other roles.
    -Strong union membership and decent terms and conditions overall.
    -Several base options were proposed after an initial period in Perth.
    -Training courses both internal and external were common.
    -Very strong health and safety culture.

    Cons

    -Snail pace progression within the role itself. Expect to wait 6-12 months to gain the necessary competencies and courses to be allowed to work alone (even if experienced with similar systems). If you’re moving internally, you’ll most likely have what you need already.
    -I was told that the RTSD Field Engineer roles were not as stable as made out by Senior management.
    -Constant talk of cost saving and keeping shareholders happy.
    -No Paid overtime - TOIL offered instead.
    -Use of own car packed/laden with tools for company business.
    -No computer or full access to systems for months after start date.

    Advice to Management

    Create a structured induction and training programme for this role and make it clear at initial interview the timescales involved.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Bulling culture"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many that you can't find else where

    Cons

    Dinosaur of a company. Ran like a sweat shop. Old Boys club. Bullying culture if you dare to challenge. Out dated IT. No new ideas. Unbelievable chum rate of employees especially in their home services business. 50% of engineers have had to be replaced in the last 2 years though them leaving! Safety culture is extreme. But only if it won't actually cost money. Poor tools and equipment. Cheap vans not fit for purpose. Work life balance is a joke. Un competitive pay. Instead of giving the chief executive a 72% pay deal. Give your staff a decent rise.

    Advice to Management

    Stop assuming management know best. Listen to what your front line staff are saying. Especially those with many years experience in the industry. Invest in the right areas. Give your engineers the rights tools to do the job. Instead of letting middle managers make their own little kingdom look good by cutting costs instead of making money. Look to see how to get the best from your staff rather then bullying them into working too hard for too long. Your home services buiness has stood still for 10 years! With less customers and engineers now then 10 years ago! Wake up an smell the coffee before its too late!


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    Current Employee - Dual Fuel Meter Engineer in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Dual Fuel Meter Engineer in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Pay and holidays are decent

    Cons

    Management are useless, if your face doesn't fit you may as well look for a new job. Bullying coaches, managers with no metering experience, the list of cons is endless. Even the engineers backstab each other just to look good. RTEs that get an idea in their head and think that is right even when it's wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving people jobs just because his mate likes him.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Bullying culture"

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some good people working there who are very supportive and just want to go a good job. Benefits are ok but other companies offer similar.

    Cons

    My office (Portsmouth) is very overcrowded, the management just seem to keep adding new desks. This means it's hard to park, find a free toilet, huge queues in the canteen, and the Air con cant cope in the summer. The whole company has a bullying culture where if you don't make their targets you get a poor performance report. Some of the targets are impossible. It still has an "Old Boy Network" where if your face fits you'll do well in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to look at the staff you have. There are many of us that just want to do a good job! Stop the blame culture, and invest in the Penner road building. You need to add more facilities and less desks!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "dual fuel"

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    Former Employee - Dual Fuel Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Dual Fuel Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    sharesave and some great colleagues

    Cons

    management, nepotism and bullying

    Advice to Management

    focus on your long term staff and employ some decent managers based on their merit rather than the ability to lick their superiors cracks

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities are available for the correct people. Promotes a positive safety culture. Lead well by CEO so relatively stable place for employment.

    Cons

    Can be quite archaic at times as most of the senior managers are long term and stuck to the way they know.

    Advice to Management

    If we focussed on quality as much as safety, we would eradicate the safety issues at source. Also, listen to new ideas


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A lot of hypocrisy and political correctness"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pension. Good salary. Death benefits

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of career opportunities. All work is dominated by cost. Safety is always secondary. Very poor expenses for traveling. Management don't listen and have no respect with journeymen who have done the job for years.

    Advice to Management

    Audit your managers who are focused on profit. We will end up in court with the shortcut s we are taking. There is a class structure which divides the office workers and engineers.


  10. "Sse review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SSE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    have to work away from home alot