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SSE Manager Reviews

Updated 29 September 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "SSE review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basingstoke, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basingstoke, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working hours, life balance

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Too many reorganisations
    Level 1 on the CMMi model rating

    Advice to Management

    Appraisal system needs revamping
    e.g. 360 degree upward appraisals
    Complete a CMMi assessment of the organisation's capability comparing it with its competitors


  2. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Regional distribution nightmare"

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

    I worked at SSE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Regular pay not much else

    Cons

    Low pay for role, no support, immediate managers cannot/ arn't allowed to manage, lower management experiances on the front line ignored, young inexperianced degree students in offices remote from the front line know it all &make policy.

    Distribution has lost the engineering, it is now a spreadsheet and staff are just numbers.

    Agree with another review - they don't follow their own HR / policy rules, you break 1 yourself and rule book comes out..

    Advice to Management

    Start again, sack all the managers - get engineers in - An "ex Linemans" running distribution networks in a monopoly and failing - nuff said.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Consistently riding the wind of change."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Manager In Operations in London, England
    Current Intern - Manager In Operations in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE as an intern (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some amazing people you get to work with. Progression providing you are a conformist with a 'yes' mentality.

    Cons

    An outdated view on what it takes to make the company as capable and brilliant as it can be. Treatment of employees at times is shocking. Some management behaviour is horrific and backed up by a stretched Hr who will resort to anything that protects the reputation of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Strip out the layers of politics, stamp out narcissistic behaviour, and aim to to become a world leader in managing /teaching staff welfare and wellbeing. Hand creative idea input back to the staff as there is a very real danger of breaking the company with lean process. Sadly there has been an eradication of allowing people to express own ideas and provide more cost effective solutions without paying high salaries to so called 'experts'. These experts are unregulated and simple things such as using grammar in emails elude them.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

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

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

    Pros

    None that I can think off - underpaid, bullied, management chaos and incompetence. Good sales salaries without the need to close a sale!

    Cons

    If you are a competent professional, think long and hard before you join. Good staff are not respected and are treated as a threat by thee mass of under performers. The culture is one of acceptance of bullying, it is encouraged by senior management particularly in Enterprise. Enterprise HR are shockingly incompetent - stay well away.

    Advice to Management

    You have a duty of care to look after your employees not just your own careers. You fail time and time again. A clear out of the senior Enterprise team is a must if there is to be any progress.


  7. "Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (SSE Renewables)"

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    Former Contractor - Site Investigation Package Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Contractor - Site Investigation Package Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SSE as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great team with many opportunities for progression and a good working atmosphere

    Cons

    Project programme drives all work at a very fast, sometime ambitious, rate

    Advice to Management

    Keep up decisive management in decision making and openly guide the team more confidently


  8. Helpful (7)

    "General impression"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities within SSE. The company has a wide spectre of activities within the energy sector and operates in a regulated as well as unregulated environment.

    Cons

    SSE has difficulty appreciating the value you bring to the company ad is more focussed on controlling employees as opposite to stimulating employees. This will differ from department to department, but as a company I feel this is missing. It is also been slow in adopting new technology and IT systems are dated. There seems to be a disconnect between higher management and the workforce, where many initiatives from management never seem to materialise. in 2015 a transformation programme started that may address a number of these issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and improve the management culture, make sure your managers enforce the rules and regulations of the company without being negative about this. Make sure that ideas from the workforce are heard and communicate better on what is going on.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "The jury is out"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Seemingly good pension but was press ganged into joining - suspicious...

    Cons

    Puts image before welfare, too many managers

    Advice to Management

    Take a genuine interest in your employees, and cut out the lip service.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "hardwork, unrewarding and confrontational"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package, long term savings i.e. shares and pension

    Cons

    Little to no acknowledgement of good work, relatively low pay in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with the front line staff and feedback good and bad things


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A caring passionate company with good strong values. It's commitment to it's customers as well as employees is perfect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Knowsley, England
    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Knowsley, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The safety culture and it's approach to giving a world class service. The team work and encouragement from higher management, along with the benefits just makes this company the perfect work place

    Cons

    Unfortunately as a lucrative company, people will always want something for nothing. Our values of treating customers like family, though a good approach will always lead some customers to believe they can counter claim for the sake of personal greed, and as a rule I believe we sometimes spend more than is necessary to please customers.

    Advice to Management

    Though we are going to spend a awesome amount of money on I.T. this year, something which we have been asking for sometime. I believe we could/should of invested years ago