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Western Power Distribution Technician Reviews

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  1. "Gis technician"

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    • 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


  2. "promotion limited"

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    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great opportunies to work overtime and increase on basic salary but home life will suffer

    Cons

    limited promotion and can quickly become stagnant. Old school style management!!!

    Advice to Management

    promote from within give those with the experience the chance to grow


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Just glad I've escaped"

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    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!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good for customers, bad for staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Wages are good for craft and clerical staff, overtime available for some.... I can't find anything else good to say here, but needed 20 words minimum

    Cons

    Little to no training above the bare minimum, bullying and intimidation are common from management. The wages for engineers is poor and there is no where to further a career. Jobs are different than advertised usually the job role is actually two or three rungs further up the responsibility table than they are paid at.

    Advice to Management

    Management seem to make progression as difficult as possible, they are afraid of new ideas and anyone who is not a yes man showing how bad their current systems and ways of working are.

    The "bare minimum" approach may be good for profits but it isn't in the best interests of the staff or the public you serve in the long run.