Western Power Distribution Reviews

Updated 10 May 2021

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3.5
62%
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50 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay, great annual pay increments, staff well looked after(in 13 reviews)

  • "Good salary, some good people, secure work(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Again it's all back to the bullying culture so rife within the industry, and so often mentioned in the other reviews(in 5 reviews)

  • "This isn’t just an issue local to my area it’s throughout the midlands(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "best"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - GIS Mapper in Exeter, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    best employer so far in my career

    Cons

    nothing that I experience so far

  2. "Salary"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Overhead Linesman in Derby, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company, always get paid

    Cons

    Not always busy as they use a lot of contractors


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Don’t do it"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Technician in Derby, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential overtime to bump up poor wages (compared with other DNOs) Plenty of people leaving so opportunities for promotion - this can also be a con Some clever and helpful staff members (far outweighed by lazy unknowledgeable staff)

    Cons

    Promotions aren’t really promotions as you have to jump through changing goalposts to get pay rises while being expected to do the job already with little to no help in development or training. Unfair allocation of work, keen and useful staff abused, useless lazy staff left alone. 10% of staff do 90% of the work while the people who have been in roles 10 years and still incapable get left alone and often paid more, with better benefits, with management not dealing with useless individuals and putting extra pressure on staff who can actually do their job. Problem seems endemic in all areas of the midlands which leads to a lot of the good helpful members of staff leaving to be replaced with people who’s faces fit but are actually incapable. Management pile on pressure and there is no help or reward for hard work but picking up other peoples work they can’t be bothered to do. Some staff are dangerous and pushed into authorisations and responsibilities they are incapable of to tick boxes by management. Same or worse pay (if protected) than people who do far less work. Low pay compared to other DNOs for work. No benefits or company car. Blame culture. Poor training. Unsupported. Technician role particularly poor incentives compared to craft role for the extra stress and responsibilities.

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    "Good pay and basic privileges but that's about it"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Nottingham, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good pay - Good yearly pay increase

    Cons

    - Lack of respect for employees at the 'bottom of the ladder' - Very untrusting work environment (e.g. no internet on PCs, USB drives disabled) - The company always has to be 'right' and will fight against any query on their point of view to the detriment of staff if necessary. - Would rather staff take unpaid leave and receive no income than furlough (i.e.to look after dependants). - Have been told on several occasions how 'lucky' we are to have a job, as if we are charitable individuals and haven't worked for our positions. Have also been told 'JFDI' by Senior Management when querying an action. -Every Manager I have come across has been extremely poor. Whether through being old school or being down trodden in to not caring any more, not one has been an actual decent manager of people. - Lazy staff are given a free pass and those who actually work get put upon more to cover the load. - IT systems not fit for the purpose they are used for. - It's all about money. Figures are manipulated to fit the narrative the company wants to portray and to fit the KPIs they have been set. - Different rules and guidelines for different areas. MANY historical 'local' agreements which allows better working environments/perks for some areas which others are not allowed to access.

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  5. "The good guys get put on!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Technician in Walsall, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Salary competitive, plenty of prospects.

    Cons

    If you are competent and have a decent work ethic you will end up doing everyone else's work, as well as your own. Some people get away with murder at this company! Management seem to scared to tell certain people they are not performing well enough Plenty of prospects to move on up if you want.

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  6. "Western power"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Team Support in Nottingham, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good team members .interesting job

    Cons

    Poor management, reluctant to change

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  7. "Good but could be better"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Category Team Planner in Cardiff, Wales, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for our area

    Cons

    Dont like to listen to the people at the bottom. Upper management are there for an arm chair ride and wont fight for you

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  8. "Great place to work."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Line Worker in Kettering, England, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great progression opportunities, salary and get to work in the great British Country side. Great facilities at the depots for showers, canteen etc. If you are prepared to put in the hours your can earn substantial amounts of extra money from overtime through planned work and faults.

    Cons

    Standby rota can be some times be a pain from a family life perspective but that’s the nature of the job. You can easily give standby away to others when you can’t work them and vice versa for your colleagues. Out all weathers come rain or shine, hot and cold - can sometimes be difficult.

  9. "Linesman"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Overhead Linesman in Nottingham, England, England

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

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere at work

    Cons

    There aren’t any cons it’s great

  10. "Weather power distribution"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Overhead Linesman in Birmingham, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits all good

    Cons

    Archaic attitude to workers from upper management. Very attendance orientated not work produced.

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