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Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    SSE intern over a period of 6 months

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Generation Intern
    Current Employee - Generation Intern

    I have been working at SSE full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to get a working experience in the generation business and to appreciate the challenges of energy generation.

    Cons

    No processes, not strong e-learning platforms, big generation plants are not coordinated, therefore the engineering practices can vary a lot. Engineering level is very low, even though I don´t know whether this is just from the facility itself or the sector (there are no processes at all for introducing new technologies, for assessing efficiency of the plant, etc.). In general, the plant at which I worked had a very poor engineering level and required very long outages every year to be functional in winter. Frustration and fire fighting were common and engineering bodies and chartership were not considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the engineering culture. Bring people from other sectors with a stronger engineering culture (automotive, aerospace, manufacturing) to implement best practices. Set up central functions to create strategies across the business, promote charter-ship for engineers!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Challenging work for 3 yrs
    I have been working at the company for more than 3 years.

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    Current Employee - SSE in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - SSE in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at the company for more than 3 years. Had the opportunity to work on large, tech challenging projects. For a small/med company Trigent has an excellent learning environment for people coming in to learn new things.

    It offers maturity of a large company because it has been in business for 20 years. some older legacy projects can get boring. But they are good learning grounds and get experience

    Cons

    Need more fun activities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. Lots of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE

    Pros

    A Great place to work

    Cons

    No real changes are require

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. A caring passionate company with good strong values. It's commitment to it's customers as well as employees is perfect

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    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Knowsley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Team Manager in Knowsley, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The safety culture and it's approach to giving a world class service. The team work and encouragement from higher management, along with the benefits just makes this company the perfect work place

    Cons

    Unfortunately as a lucrative company, people will always want something for nothing. Our values of treating customers like family, though a good approach will always lead some customers to believe they can counter claim for the sake of personal greed, and as a rule I believe we sometimes spend more than is necessary to please customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though we are going to spend a awesome amount of money on I.T. this year, something which we have been asking for sometime. I believe we could/should of invested years ago

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I get on well with the people i work with, good pay, good benefits and perks in loads of different things, eg cinema tickets, buying bikes, cars etc

    Cons

    we don't get told what is happening until the last minute, if there is a decision being made, we are made aware that it is happening but then don't find out the results or there is a delay, staff shortages in certain departments, we don't get enough training for certain things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should pass more information on to the lowest level when it is concerning their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Post nominals anyone?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Account Manager in Perth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Account Manager in Perth, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a very secure employer and stable environment to work in. The people I work with on a day-to-day basis are a great asset and certainly make the working week more enjoyable.

    SSE also comes with good benefits such as pension scheme, shares scheme and depending on role, a company car scheme. The employment opportunities are there, you just have to go find them.

    Cons

    With regards to remuneration, I feel SSE do not pay the market rate when compared to comparable employers, which easily pay up to 20% more. No one can use post-nominals on business cards or emails. In an environment where credentials do matter, I feel they should be promoting the fact that they have chartered accountants etc in their payroll. Does good for a reputation.

    Over the top safety policies. Being safe is all well and good, but going beyond common sense, stops critical thinking when it comes to safety. I won't list them here, but whatever senior manager reads this will know what I mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. Don't make decisions on what you think is best without consulting the ground staff who know the job better than you do. Speak to your staff regularly.

    Sometime I have to bite my lip at the latest safety sound bite. Who makes this stuff up?

    Post nominals are a big thing not just for me, but for staff who have worked hard to get degrees, charterships etc. It is about time we allow the use of them to promote the academia of our organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Executive

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    Current Employee - Executive in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great culture

    Cons

    Nothing to mention on this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Retail Transformation Programme don't know how to deliver projects!

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    An canteen on-site, permanent staff in general don't work long hours, management try to create an environment of caring for staff.

    Cons

    Projects fails in big numbers, are painful to deliver due to the approach taken and management, software and power plants seems to follower the same delivery approach, a very old fashion waterfall model. Good sound principles shown on posters aren't reflected in practice, like project principles. No attempt to improve project delivery approach, just about getting on with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake-up the world is changing and there are better ways of delivering projects. Start to listen to people, not talking to them, you may learn what things don't work. Stop feeding next level up just what they want to hear. Why hire people with brains if you don't want to listen to them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. It project manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE

    Pros

    Culture , people good work life balance

    Cons

    No definited career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. proud to be better ! bullying in the workplace,nepotism, and the chaos caused by middle management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    regular pay ,sharesave scheme. teamwork.

    Cons

    getting your work completed within the given time frame given due to lack of staff, as you are expected to do their share of the work as well as your own. It"s no wonder staff are leaving as they are so overworked. DONT expect your manager to come out of his nice warm office!!.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management need to talk to their field staff personally,rather than listening to what they are told by middle management. As stated I have witnessed bullying by team managers to some members of staff resulting in staff leaving.NEPOTISM is rife within this company ,family members of the management seem to get preferential treatment, {sitting in the office doing nothing on a cold day} So dont expect to further your career on hard work and merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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