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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "Gis technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  3. "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


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  5. "Co ordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Just glad I've escaped"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "More Smoke & Mirrors"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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...


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Rule By Fear"

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "smoke and mirrors......"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Craft Staff in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Craft Staff in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I could write the equivalent of war and peace on the cons of this firm- I will start by echoing the sentiment of nearly every single review on here- BULLYING. The managers threaten and bully the staff, overworking them to breaking point with little to no appreciation whatsoever. Craft staff expected to perform miracles often with little or no suitable equipment and questionable Standard Techniques.

    Best performing? Questionable. If the regulator knew exactly how targets were being met then the upper echelons of management and policy makers would be hung drawn and quartered (refer to review title!) Staff get absolutely no perks other than they still have a job at the end of the year.

    "Take Personal Responsibility" is a mantra- what this really means is doing somebody else's job for them because somebody higher up the chain is incompetent to do it.

    Management have a very bombastic approach- it's a "like it or lump it" mentality. They are not willing to listen to new ideas or suggestions unless you make it look like they came up with them. Again it's all back to the bullying culture so rife within the industry, and so often mentioned in the other reviews.

    Not much opportunity for progression, seems to be on a "one in, one out" basis.

    Advice to Management

    WPD prides itself on being the best performing Distribution Network Operator in the UK- it is not. Managing staff by fear and a "smoke and mirrors" approach to the regulator to trick them into thinking they are the best. WPD does however have the potential to be a fantastic company if it weren't for being run by dinosaurs who think that "The Old Ways Are The Best". It's 2016, not 1916- start looking forward and embrace the use of 21st century techniques and technology. Appreciate exactly what your staff are doing, reward them accordingly. Get the ability to listen and embrace new ideas in order to take this company forward.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disgusting and Disgraful Managment team!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, helpful people, good benefits.... wish the owner new how to throw a smile!

    Cons

    Very bullying culture (esp in the call centre), torture you in coaching or grilling sessions, management pick on their staff, if they don't want you they will go miles to get rid of you! effects your personal life and somewhat personality, I left no job to go to, mortgage and bills to pay but even if it made me homeless I would never consider working there! absolutely soul damaging! I am now in a far better job, really happy and it wasn't the job I couldn't do... its the disgraceful management I could no longer be bothered with so I showed them my great butt!!!!

    Advice to Management

    it is important to bear in mind that some types of harassing or threatening behaviour – or communications – could be a criminal offence.... also follow Richard Branson's quote: "Put your staff first, your customers second & your shareholders third"


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Shocking way to treat staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Jointer in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Jointer in Gloucester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay pay for utilities but not great, If you are the golden few you will get overtime.

    Cons

    Old style bully-boy management, rling by fear and fear alone.
    Not a "world class company"!
    Step out of line one bit and you're gone!

    Advice to Management

    Look at what you are employing as lower management, that way you might wake up!


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