National Grid USA

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National Grid USA Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
123 Reviews
3.0
123 Reviews
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National Grid USA CEO Steve Holliday
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74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, except during year end and other financial reporting periods (in 9 reviews)

  • Good pay if you've worked there a long time (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Limited upper management growth without having to relocate (in 5 reviews)

  • Unstable, change in senior management every 2 yrs, consultants are in every department replacing full time employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good image and future hopeful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Pros

    Exciting industry and really smart people to work with

    Cons

    Big organization issues and ineffective decision making. Red tape and hierarchy driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On boarding, on boarding, on boarding !!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good place to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of areas to learn and get developed.

    Cons

    Changes move slow. Progression and recognition is still very much based on years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Timely talent recognition and work on the middle management's mentality with more years means knows more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Uncertain company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Industry standard pay, good benefits

    Cons

    still a lot of negativity in employees from culture change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seize any authority and decision making opportunities from executives. Company is still floundering years after mergers and outsourcing. Because it is a utility with guaranteed revenue, they are able to survive. After actively concentrating decisions at all levels to the top executives, they are finally realizing they don't know everything. They are implementing a Six Sigma/Total Quality type environment, which if they are truly going to do that, I think the company will succeed and prosper. However, because it is a UK owned company, i suspect that will not happen because the UK culture doesn't really see employees and lower level manager capable of knowing more than them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok company very stable industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Pros

    Very good for job security

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bureaucracy can be daunting, but a generally ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company pays well across the board, lots of job security because you are rarely checked up on. Some positions have a very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be stifling. It takes weeks, if not months to get something done, and there is never any change to procedure no matter how stupid it may be. There are some real challenges with moving up the ranks in some sectors too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The amount of contractors employed to do work that should be internal is insane. Try hiring those people on full time, then you wouldn't have to teach their jobs to someone new every 10 months!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, except during year end and other financial reporting periods

    Cons

    Many employees have been there a long time, so it may be difficult to advance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Contract Project

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay match the work load

    Cons

    Training a large workforce had it's challenges (Minimum issues related around capturing the correct employees)

  9.  

    Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good people

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities, technology advancement slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A workplace where career growth is limited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA

    Pros

    Not many pros. I found the way in which lay offs were carried out to be very unprofessional. Should have been more clear with employees.

    Cons

    Not much job security. I feel that this company struggled to maintain positive relationships with its workers and that it showed in the daily routines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trapped Between 2 Goliaths

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CREDIT & COLLECTIONS in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - CREDIT & COLLECTIONS in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Descent pay for work performed. Most supervisors, managers, and directors truly care for their employees.

    Cons

    SAP software. Unreliable and outdated communication and business applications/tools. 2 tier union structure. Jobs spec's are not complete for many employees' assignments/duties. This allows management the opportunity to work employees as they see fit at any time: beyond their pay grades and work scope. Union views one group as a revenue source and does not support it's members equally on job bids and work grievances. Members do equal work and hold equal responsibilities for same tasks, but receive differing pay and benefits. Prior experience and performance does not account for the possibility of growth and placement. Networking, or having employed relatives is key to advancement. Very good, but very expensive health insurance package. Great benefit packages if you are management, or a member of the preferred union. Animosity amongst fellow union employees can lead and has led to a hostile work environment. Undergoing restructuring and down-sizing on all levels which is causing anxiety and instability - lack of confidence in senior management and in one's belief in continued employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Savvy management would properly interpret the "cons" for advice. Additionally, do not purchase nor roll out untested equipment or software: "the stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime approach" in order to cut operating expenses.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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