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Thames Water Reviews

Updated 8 July 2018
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Pros
  • "There is no pressure to stay late allowing for a great work-life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Family working environment where relationships with colleagues are as important as outputs" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance not great - very little perks" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Not listened to by upper management, very political, not much focus on the core business" (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Good company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people are great
    - Lots of opportunity for progression
    - Massive focus on health, safety and wellbeing - including mental health
    - Fair pay package
    - Benefits on tap - lots of discounts
    - Good engagement with staff, lots of chances to meet and talk to senior management

    Cons

    - Non- performance based bonuses for middle managers down
    - Location can be very Reading centric, you feel pressure to work there to get ahead
    - Work/Life balance struggles in some departments
    - Lots of contractors and consultants

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the engagement with lower level staff
    - Recruit in house before moving to external recruitment
    - Ensure pay is on level


  2. "Lots of opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to move around company

    Cons

    Remuneration is not PDR linked

  3. "Good benefits but loads of beauracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Thames Water full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits; good sick pay, excellent holiday scheme and pension is double of what your contribute.

    Cons

    Lack of progression, lots of middle management and beauracy and staff is not innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities for women to progress and give rid of the people who still have old school attitudes, that is ultimately hindering change in the company.


  4. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and progress

    Cons

    Too many re organisations and changes

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a plan


  5. Helpful (1)

    "data drought! under resourced, impossible to transform"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thames Water full-time

    Pros

    some very nice people, passionate to deliver clean water to the nations capital 24/7

    Cons

    operating in a secure market with no competition has resulted in an easy going culture with no appetite to invest in technologies to reduce headcount. Lack

    Advice to Management

    design a new organisation in secret from scratch oriented around information systems and with design principle of maximum automation and minimum human involvement. Once ready, migrate some of the skills required and don't be afraid to make others redundant. there are far to many people in this business!


  6. "I enjoyed working at Thames Water"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really good people to work with

    Cons

    Went through a lot of change


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice environment and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    silo mentality across the business

  8. "Great to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thames Water full-time

    Pros

    Pension, flexible, good salary and opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Can be a bit difficult to communicate between departments


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Focus on your People"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Clapham, London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in Clapham, London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thames Water full-time

    Pros

    Job opportunities. UK's biggest Water Utility. Higher wages as comparable to rest of UK. H&S focused.

    Cons

    Abuse their monopoly as biggest water utility. Do not want to told or advised with people with experience. Poor people management and engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Do not push graduates into strategic management positions to soon. This creates a big experience gap within the company and strategic decisions gained through life and industry experience cannot be achieved with a negative effect on the company and people (employees and the customer).


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Ok, if you're a female!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Thames Water part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a woman, then you will have affirmative action working in your favour.

    So excellent career progression for females, in almost any role, irrespective of experience skills or qualifications.

    Cons

    No job progression if your a straight, white male. You will be marginalised and discriminated against when applying for jobs. As most middle management are women, who have now shifted equality to mean girls only haha!

    If you are a white man considering applying, consider this as an interim job until you find something else.

    -Pay is lacking, with little appreciation for work done,

    - You are expendable

    Advice to Management

    Companies today are mired in cultural marxist, hiring practices, and big companies won't feel the pinch when women decide to leave work to have children. So there really is nothing that management can or will do.


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