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United Utilities Reviews

Updated 25 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Good benefits from large company" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great location at Lingley Mere, with good facilities on site, and lots of good people to work with" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor pension scheme, poor pay compared to other industries, little to no career progression, sense of elitism and old boys network" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "great company, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Utilities full-time

    Pros

    good benefits like the healthcare scheme, pension scheme and lots of support

    Cons

    living so far from Warrington base


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Management in Warrington, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Project Management in Warrington, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful colleagues / large company / good opportunities / pleasant offices / good pension scheme

    Cons

    Too much variance in staff productivity. Departments don't work as well together as they should.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure training is still provided and isn't cut and opportunities are provided for those who deserve it. Also hold to account those who do no work/are militant for the sake of being militant.

  3. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    United Utilities is a great company to work for. Some of the highlights of working here include the many employee benefits, the working environment, the development opportunities and the award winning facilities.

    Cons

    The overall external communication could be improved


  4. "Employment at UU"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people rewards and benefits, well run and as a FTSE 100 in the North West there are lots of benefits and opportunities

    Cons

    Very few this is a good company

    Advice to Management

    Keep delivering great service for our customers


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Utilities full-time

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits. Water will always be required, job for life.

    Cons

    The only problem is having Ofwat expect too much of companies.


  6. "Awful - Avoid unless you have a relative in management"

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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 United Utilities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    On site gym, free parking, decent benefits

    Cons

    Oppressive atmosphere. Very, very clique-y. Nepotism is rife with jobs just handed out to relatives / friends of management without interviews or roles being advertised.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with respect


  7. "Good place to be employed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Utilities (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is ok compared to other similar roles with other companies, plus yearly bonus

    Cons

    It’s a place where managers friends always progress more than anybody else

  8. "Good company to work for"

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

    I have been working at United Utilities full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to progress

    Cons

    Inflexible working hours for staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company of Lies"

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Beautiful scenic location.

    Cons

    Management is shocking. I struggle with mental health problems which management were aware of. The company is passionate about showing they are an advocate for this in times of need. They even hold a mental health awareness week. Couldn't be further from the truth. One blip in the road and I was sacked without warning, despite having conversations with my manager about my circumstances. Very unfair dismissal which is now being picked up by Unison & Tribunal. Before this I had been given several commendations by customers and directors alike and performed very well so this change in personality came as a shock. There seems to be alot the managers don't tell you and if your face doesn't fit they look for any excuse. Systems put more obstacles in your way and set you up for failure. Working on a 1980's peice of software on a 1990's computer. Stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who definitely care about their team and who can guide them through mistakes, not react personally and blame the victim by taking away the lifeline of a job. Managers old in years need to keep up with the times and understand that harshness on vulnerable people is not and has never been the right way forward, especially when they already know of someones unfortunate circumstances. Very very poor relationship skills with people not like themselves. Completely let down by entire company and Mgmt most of all.


  10. "specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits from large company

    Cons

    Management concerned on presentations and reports over practical solutions

    Advice to Management

    Engage with operatives