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Updated 10 July 2018
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  1. "Working at SSE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for in terms of the people and the fringe benefits. Would recommend to anyone who wanted to work here.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities in the subsiduary I work for means that you either have to wait for a long time to get an opportunity or you need to look elsewhere to further your career.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people and look to promote from within.


  2. "SSE work review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and leave; plenty of work and opportunities within a growing energy sector

    Cons

    impact of OFGEM on delivery of work and ever changing regulatory environment

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Talk and Broadband Customer Advisor in Havant, England
    Former Employee - Talk and Broadband Customer Advisor in Havant, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable work, No pressure, Nice office, GYM on site

    Cons

    Managers not always very helpful, lower lever admin position people are promoted very much based on personal relationships

    Advice to Management

    Monitor lower level managers for laziness and personal treatment towards employees based on personal relationships


  4. "Overall good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere from hierarchy and open door policy

    Cons

    Systems are ancient and prevents the company doing anything innovative


  5. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cardiff, Wales
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, Good Experience, Took away a few important skills.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like I was being constantly watched.


  6. "IT Procurement management is completely clueless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generally nice people to work with, corporate culture focussed on safety.

    Cons

    IT systems are old and ineffective, IT procurement management is utterly incompetent and unable to deliver strategic sourcing. Very much a tactical, process heavy procurement function run by individuals who have no leadership skills or ability to transform effectively. Internal satisfaction results showed only a third of people in procurement would recommend working there.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your staff , be careful in the recruitment of your management team as not everyone has leadership skills. Address employee satisfaction or else the high turnover of staff will continue.


  7. "Good working hours"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Electrician in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits and discounts, share scheme, company phone and van, decent hours 7:30 to 3:30 finish 3 on Friday safety first company

    Cons

    Nepatisum, it's not what you know it's who you know type of place poor incentive scheme for electricians cable jointers seam to earn extra

    Advice to Management

    Don't make false promises to people tell the truth let people know what's going on within the company regarding changes

  8. "Shareholders first, employees and customers last"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Safety conscious
    Select few sites give the opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    Poor management
    Profit margins are the focus, employees and customers come last
    No investment in technology
    Backwards, inefficient processes

    Advice to Management

    Ask how your staff are


  9. "Hours of work"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cumbernauld, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cumbernauld, Scotland

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

    Pros

    People that work there

    Cons

    The holidays not good when you need time off


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If you like looking to the past you'll love SSE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Nice people
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Health and safety overkill
    No investment in technology.
    The worst e-learning ever.
    No investment in people.
    Poor performance is allowed to go unaddressed. Too many people coast.
    Scared to try new ideas.
    A meetings culture, rather than action.
    Did i mention health and safety
    Ridiculous amount of bureaucracy and in-house politics

    Advice to Management

    The company lives in the past. They are scared to try new things, primarily as they have the wrong people in charge, who have largely inherited the roles, rather than being the best person for the job.

    The company is far to disjointed, entrenched in bureaucracy and in-house politics. We work for the same company so why is the default position to work against each other.

    SSE sees the solution to their problems as being another meeting or workshop, follow up by a meeting or workshop to review the previous one. Maybe consider less meetings and things might get done.

    If you're going to ram e-learning down our throats, please at least make it good. There was a eLearning team who worked on the MAST projects, who made good engaging e-learning, but assume they've left or been broken by the system. Also it would be good if the learning library was more user friendly and didn't look like something from 1998.


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