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Western Power Distribution Reviews

Updated 8 January 2019
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Support in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Team Support in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, forward thinking company. Good pay, great annual pay increments, staff well looked after.

    Cons

    Could be more flexible around working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Consider installing internet within the business.


  2. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Great experience out on the field working with overhead electrical pylons, management are genuine about the work that's tasked

    Cons

    Probably the worst thing is working in the rain but that's the nature of the job

  3. "Not what it was"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Bath, England
    Current Employee - Technician in Bath, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Holiday pay, sick pay and a good pension

    Cons

    inconsistent management. What happens in some areas is not allowed in others. Lazy employees get away with murder and really take the mick. Management is useless and jobs have to be done whatever the cost. the company has gone downhill since it took over the Midlands.

    Advice to Management

    You need to start looking after the staff and not just the customers. stop throwing money at the staff in pay rises and start improving morale. experienced staff are leaving early as they are being treated like crap. everyone is counting down the days until they leave.


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork, variety of tasks, outdoors.

    Cons

    Management inconsistencies. Different rules depending on where you work.


  5. "Bullying management with prevalent sexism"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, some good people, secure work

    Cons

    Everyone is planning their way to leave. Everyone hates it. 90% of management have no idea how to manage. No internet! . Dinosaur ways of working and managing... ruling by fear and intimidation doesn’t work.

    Advice to Management

    Start with new managers!


  6. "....."

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

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team work friendly, good opportunity

    Cons

    Paper work, exams and onsite assessments


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Inventory Control"

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    Former Employee - Stock Controller in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Stock Controller in Exeter, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked for WPD for 11 years in Exeter I worked for SWEB originally then they split it in two halves. I always loved working for WPD and had great work colleges. The company was always good to me with flexi time when I had my kids etc. And the management was always excellent and very supportive.

    Cons

    WPD has since taken over the Midlands and WPD has gone right down hill. One thing goes in one area but not in another they all have their own rules with no consistency. I wouldn't want to work for them now but unfortunately my poor husband still does. He now works in the Midlands he doesn't get any of the management support or back up. Management don't seem to want to take on any responsibilities a whole different company now totally different. I am very surprised that Mr R Symons has let this happen.

    Advice to Management

    You need to set out rules and regs and set them company wide. West Midlands seem to make it up as they go along. No longer the highly thought of company I used to know!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "What benefits?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None, terrible company to work for

    Cons

    Many, pretty much everything apart from the pay


  9. "Job satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Secure job work varies from day to day

    Cons

    Treated differently to other colleagues doing the same job

    Advice to Management

    Use clocking system for time keeping


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Data Administrator in Tipton, England
    Former Employee - Data Administrator in Tipton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed all the staff I worked with and the management were very pleasant. Good opportunities for permanent positions. Enjoyed time

    Cons

    There was a lack of flexible working hours. The building in Tipton was dire, often with a lack of heating which took too long to fix

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible in the working hour staff want to work. Improve the building that we were working in to make it a more enjoyable environment to work