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SSE Manager Reviews

Updated 9 August 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. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many pros to work for SSE

    Cons

    None really for SSE currently.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit within.
    Give people opportunity.


  2. "Better than others"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance
    Good salary

    Cons

    Can involve a lot of travel, depending on the project and your home base

  3. "Great people, gets a continuous hard time from externally influences."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Perth, Scotland
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Perth, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Networks business
    Very good values and moral compass
    Safety is at the front of everything they do
    Excellent history and culture

    Cons

    Senior leaders lack in some areas
    Continual bashing of business by political world and MPs
    Going through a period of change, need to embrace it quicker

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying, leaders should not be selected on their face alone.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very poor treatment of employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Local offices in rural areas

    Cons

    Below industry average salaries, huge gender pay gap, prehistoric blame culture, insular and inward looking

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on your company before it disappears from under you


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Toe the line and don't challenge, be a good little robot"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cardiff, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    location
    people
    nothing else at all but Glassdoor wants 5 words +

    Cons

    parking
    erratic management
    cliques
    H&S madness
    no consistency
    conflicting instructions and objectives
    quite a few time served snakes

    Advice to Management

    walk the talk


  6. "Events Manager"

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    Former Employee - Events Manager in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Events Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great training opportunities, the company invests in developing staff

    Cons

    - Office based, fixed hours, not very flexible in terms of working from home or working from a mobile location
    - Outdated systems that were very challenging to work with

    Advice to Management

    - Investing into new technologies to bring systems up to date to meet business needs and future needs. Challenging to work on systems that required heavy manual input.


  7. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Havant, England
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Havant, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable money
    Some nice people to work with

    Cons

    Senior management don’t care about staff
    Make changes and don’t communicate well to staff

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better and show some empathy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Doorstep sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in Peterborough, England
    Former Employee - District Manager in Peterborough, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you were good 24 hours a week basic of 15k but could earn 40-50k if good, store vouchers every now and then. Left to your own devices if good performance not a bad job all in all

    Cons

    Weather, hassle by management for numbers unethical practises and script high staff turnover. All anyone was interested in was sales and numbers of conversions


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Dont work for SSE"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary ok and if you a "yes" person you'll be fine.

    Cons

    As some of the previous reviews have mentioned, SSE Management are a bunch of dictators and need to practice what they preach !! H&S is completely OTT, I am a big believer in H&S, however SSE go to the extreme, The senior managers walk around with blinkers on.

    Advice to Management

    Stop preaching to Managers about looking after their team and being an engaging manager, when your communication and direction is abysmal. Also, look up the word EMPOWERMENT. You employ experts to do a job then tell them how to do it !!!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Be prepared to sell your soul! Old boys club dragging the company down."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good remuneration
    Nice offices in Reading
    None other than above- just having to meet minimum word criteria for the pros

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in the company. To get promoted you need to have the right face and know the right people. Take a look at the make up of the Exec board. Majority are waiting to sit there comfortably for a few more years and take their fat pensions. To progress in the company you HAVE to wear a 3pc suit to the office (ideally blue suit and brown shoes).

    Too many cooks- to get a simple yes/no decision can take months and has to be passed up the chain to be reviewed by a minimum of 5-6 others who don't have a clue anyway.

    No ideas/strategy- still trying to figure out how to rip off existing vulnerable customer base rather than focusing on innovation, new services and products.

    Tenure rather than hard work and delivery is valued more. You are actually better off sitting there and doing nothing for few years and you'll be guaranteed to get promoted. If you bring forward new ideas you are bullied.

    Most of the senior teams have been here an average of 10-15 years each; they have no idea what's happening in the external world and so it's impossible for them to take risks and change/accept new ideas. All of management is unapproachable and they think they are running Google. They need to get some proper training from modern leaders.

    Safety taken to another level. In fact you get lectured on what you should not be doing in your own time at home. You could lose your job if thy find out you're in to extreme sports.

    Lack of empowerment- not only is your work uncredited it's also useless. Huge number of PowerPoint presentations which never get used. Heavily process driven with no actual output.

    Advice to Management

    1. Wake up- change the Execs and the senior management. Save money by reducing the unnecessary fat at the top.
    2. Focus on promoting those who are actually the ones who want to save this company.
    3. Bring in people from new market verticals to inject new ideas into this company with no ideas.
    4. Get rid of this old boys/boardroom culture- you don't need to wear a suit in the office everyday.
    5.take more risks- SSE is unlikely to survive as it is so do something about it and do it fast. SSE has no brand and with more than 100 suppliers to be on the market by 2020 offering lower prices they will swallow SSE.