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Updated 18 October 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
  • "Far too much health and safety focus" (in 18 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. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Quote Production Administrator in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Quote Production Administrator in Cardiff, Wales

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, holiday, pension, shares

    Cons

    Car parking, communication, nanny state


  2. "Poor management"

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

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Excellent salary, benefits and great colleagues

    Cons

    Poor management and high expectations

  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE part-time

    Pros

    Pay
    Coworkers
    Perks
    Food
    Weekend off

    Cons

    Stressful
    Shifts
    Snakes
    Overpriced canteen
    Long hours


  4. "SSE"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in High Wycombe, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in High Wycombe, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    stable employment, company usually hires staff far after they are needed - the upside is that the staff turnover is not so high

    Cons

    Too many meetings
    Poor performance review mechanisms, with far too heavy a weighting torward toward safety audits (for those who are office based)
    Far too much health and safety focus
    Usual corporate nonsense

    Advice to Management

    my advice to management would be to make more effort on reward and recrecognition


  5. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The people are lovely. I wanted to work in HR as my degree was in HR and the various HR representatives took the time out to ask around if I could gain any relevant work experience.

    Cons

    As I was a part timer and was on annual leave for two weeks, I came back to find myself in a new department having to shadow a colleague who didn’t know what they were doing. Should have been better focus on training.

    Advice to Management

    I remember there was an occasion where we spent an hour listening to an important business update, only to be told later that day that we were no longer going to implement the update.


  6. "Intense"

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

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Put through some good training

    Cons

    Felt like i was being brainwashed to hit targets


  7. "Good for people with no goals in life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay
    Easy job
    Paid overtime

    Cons

    Managers constantly on your back
    Forget about ‘career growth’ if you don’t know senior managers closely
    Can give you ridiculous shifts
    Share scheme is a scam (got £12 back after paying in £500)

  8. "Fun company for the right person"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time

    Pros

    SSE is a fun company and the atmosphere is pleasant.

    Cons

    High focus on cross selling even for non-sales roles and there can be a lack of manager support at times.


  9. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Growing company, with big ambitions

    Cons

    cautious internal governance hinders opportunities

    Advice to Management

    More doers needed


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disgusting company."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carlisle, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carlisle, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits fantastic

    Cons

    Disgusting sickness policy and probation period . Computer system is shocking outdated, slow and needs serious updating .

    Advice to Management

    Look at the managers that are incredible lazy and do nothing , review the sickness policy .
    Do you ever wonder why there is such a high turnover of staff


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