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Western Power Distribution Reviews

Updated 16 Jan 2020

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3.0
47%
Recommend to a Friend
51%
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Western Power Distribution Chief Executive Robert A. Symons (no image)
Robert A. Symons
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay, great annual pay increments, staff well looked after(in 9 reviews)

  • "Good salary, some good people, secure work(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "This isn’t just an issue local to my area it’s throughout the midlands(in 4 reviews)

  • "Shift workers are paid well but expected to put up with any mismanagement or poor treatment simply because WPD say they are paid well(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Skills"

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    Current Employee - Cable Jointer in Stafford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary car parking ppe working hours

    Cons

    You get paid the same salary as other people in your grade so there is no financial incentive to gain extra skills or be harder working then your Co worker as they can be lazy and get paid exactly the same

    Western Power Distribution2020-01-11
  2. "Job satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary is moderate and high levels of trust with managing time and projects.

    Cons

    Unfair system of overtime and call out with staff members earning huge amount above others.

    Advice to Management

    Become leaders and not focus on statistics

    Western Power Distribution2020-01-05
  3. "Good pay not such a good company"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Worcester, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay. Some good colleagues.

    Cons

    No incentives/perks in technician roles. Little understanding of family life. Poorly trained people. no management to ensure people are doing their role successfully and no one takes them to task when they are not performing well. People are pushed through their grades paid full salary and are definitely not doing their role 100% and for that reason things are very well hidden by local management. This isn’t just an issue local to my area it’s throughout the midlands. Very old fashioned system for managing and not much skill from them. Little opportunity to get a promotion as the structure is very flat. It’s a bit dead mans shoes here.

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    Advice to Management

    Senior staff should Employ some people with leadership skills and listen to your staff when they give you negative advice about the managers. This is a fantastic industry and could be a great place to work- get rid of the bullying culture from your local managers and educate them in the art of management and leadership. If you got rid of some of the dead wood, things would improve Drastically! I only rate senior management 2 stars because the handful at the very top do know the business very well, so credit where due

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    Western Power Distribution2020-01-16
  4. "Alright at best"

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    Current Employee - Operator 

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, good holiday, skilled craftsmen

    Cons

    Népotisme, management have favorites, benefits are being stripped

    Advice to Management

    Care about your staff more

    Western Power Distribution2019-11-25
  5. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Cable Jointer 

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Overtime pay benefits healthcare tools

    Cons

    Travel hours conditions colleagues weather

    Western Power Distribution2019-11-09
  6. "Money’s good but money doesn’t buy happiness"

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    Current Employee - Planner in West Bromwich, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The money, sick pay, annual leave

    Cons

    Backwards IT systems Autocratic management style You get bullied from above constantly Little diversity in the work place You just have to ‘ do as you are told ‘ when you are told . Some contractors have friends in high places so you can’t give them any feedback

    Advice to Management

    Care more about you mr employees , they are currently numbers

    Western Power Distribution2019-11-10
  7. "Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work colleagues,Good training,decent amount of leave

    Cons

    Constant removal of perks that made company great.overtime being limited,upper management are too interested in making a name for themselves by Stripping the workers of their chances to earn money.little or no understanding of what the workers deal with on a daily basis due to the fact they have never done the jobs themselves.every year the workers hit their targets and earn the management bonuses but still every year more is expected and nothing passed on to employees.the company earns millions every year but it's still not enough.pay grades are poor and office staff get paid more or as much as people working on the network which is wrong.promotion is only available for certain trades others have no movement or access to the promotional ladder

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    Advice to Management

    Stop throttling the onsite workers.respect your employees more.understand the jobs that are being done under your job role.be more emoathetic,stop lying to your employees to get what you want.realise the reason you have had the promotions you've had is because the people beneath you have put you there.

    Western Power Distribution2019-11-10
  8. "Generally a good employer"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very Good pay and Conditions

    Cons

    A lot is expected for it

    Western Power Distribution2019-10-16
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Planner G5 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Empowerment Good pay Overtime is available

    Cons

    No company car unless your very senior

    Western Power Distribution2019-09-05
  10. "Great people bad company"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money is good enough Certain degree of freedom

    Cons

    No clear direction from management Overworked Mad panic to complete daft defect of the week Work not shared evenly Asked to do tasks not in job role ie design and finanace

    Advice to Management

    Sort out staffing levels

    Western Power Distribution2019-08-30
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