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Western Power Distribution Reviews

Updated 25 June 2018
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Stay well clear of this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary - but not enough for what was expected of you and the amount of pressure you are under.

    Cons

    Everything - no matter how hard you try if your face doesn't fit they will do everything in their power to find a reason to fire you or screw you over or discipline you. They are unsupportive and basically try to crush your enthusiasm until you're a WPD zombie and will take orders without question. Behind the scene cutting corners to get the job done quicker and pressure to do so. Culture of being too afraid to report near misses etc.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Linesman in Swansea, Wales
    Current Employee - Linesman in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible place to work, good benefits and pension, good overtime rates. Free car parking at local depot.

    Cons

    Can often be long working days,

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Bully style Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time

    Pros

    Varied work and get to meet different people in different locations almost daily if you have the right job.If you are operational you will get OT if you want it that is.

    Cons

    Western Powers primary objective is making money and pleasing the regulator even if that means cooking the books.Bully style management means people are too scared challenge ideas and consult eachother let alone superiors.Work/life balance can be poor, work load is very high and keeps piling up meaning it is difficult to get help with big projects because your colleuges are in the same boat.

    If you are not delivering projects on time and on budget expect to be beasted, your thoughts/ ideas and home life have no place in the equation here, dig your heals in and make a stand your life will be made difficult or you can lose your job in the most underhanded ways.

    Forget a 37 hour week if you are operational

    Advice to Management

    People by nature go the extra mile if they work for a company that values them, WPD model works but think about all the extra money you can make by delivering projects on time,Good will only lasts because we have respect for eachother, it's us that goes out in the middle of the night at a moments notice to cook the books.


  4. "Plenty of flexibility, but training is 100% self-directed"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Nottingham, England
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of flexibility: manager don't question what you do as long as you can justify it
    TOIL: Time off in lieu for any over time done

    Cons

    No formal training programme. All courses after initial 3 months are to be booked by yourself
    Regional monopoly, hard/slow to fire weak performing staff

    Advice to Management

    Need to get rid of people who don't do work or aren't learning. Too many freeloaders.


  5. "Gis technician"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Tipton, England
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Tipton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work ethics If You Want A Job That Will Keep You Secure And Challenged.

    Cons

    Once you know everything can get monotonous and promotion prospect is limited


  6. "Western Power"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great starting salary, job prospects

    Cons

    Lack of formal guidance and future position


  7. "Co ordinator"

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    Former Employee - Co Coordinator in Pembroke Dock, Wales
    Former Employee - Co Coordinator in Pembroke Dock, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work was very varied and interesting and the team were brilliant to work with. Always willing to work together.

    Cons

    The job was on contract only but management said there was a very good chance that it would turn into a permanent position. Alas it didn't.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Just glad I've escaped"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician
    Former Employee - Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a good variety of work, which isn't necessarily a good thing as you can't focus on one thing but it's the best I could come up with.

    Cons

    Salary is well below average, and for new recruits often less than what is advertised as you're taken on as a 'designate'. There's many people alongside you on massive protected salaries driving flash company cars with little authorisation. Any time you find a way to make things work, management stop you from doing it. Training is cut to the bare minimum, and you're expected to run before you can walk by senior management. Don't expect any sort of work life balance if you want to get all your work done, and as soon as you finish one nightmare of a job you'll be given 3 more. Many people I worked with keep a pen and paper by their bedside, for when you wake up in the middle of the night every night and remember things you need to do - that's the sort of work life balance youll get. You're expected to be available for faults constantly, and meeting customer expectations at the same time, plus doing standby and other things in between. All in all, they expect too much for too little reward. The only benefit of working there, as listed on the WPD site, is free parking at the depot - wow.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, youre losing people like a dog sheds hairs, and you can't apply what works in Cornwall to the Midlands, there's plenty of other companies paying more money up here, there won't be anyone left soon!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "More Smoke & Mirrors"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    As below. Salary OK, overtime available for craft staff at great sacrifice to personal lives, can't think of anything else positive to say. Long term prospects good if you keep your head down.

    Cons

    Don't expect any worthwhile training, just a half day tick box exercises. There is no consistency with anything across the company - There are many people doing very little work on massive protected salaries with protected company cars which frustrates people. Management is none existent - If you are useless you get an easy ride, if you are any good then you get worked till you break. Work related is endemic within the company along with long term sick which they do nothing to manage (Even when it is repeatedly raised in staff surveys).

    Advice to Management

    Retire for Christs sake and let the company move in to the modern world. Additionally the HR probably have better things to do than sit 'liking' the only good review on here...


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Rule By Fear"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, shame about the management.
    Good if you like working outdoors and getting your hands dirty

    Cons

    The management only look out for themselves, the customers and then employees bottom of the pile.
    Average pay compared to other DNO's, but lacking ANY benefits or perks.
    Management are too busy fooling the regulator or paying off customers to worry about employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to sack your employees, they keep the lights on, not the managers


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