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Updated July 2, 2015
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SSE CEO Alistair Phillips-Davies
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  1. Helpful (1)

    SSE intern over a period of 6 months

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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!!!


  2. Only as good as you want it to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Cycle 2 Work scheme and Retail offers.

    Cons

    Very wasteful on projects that are 'handed over', cost a fortune in £££ and then not rigorously tested or feedback asked for then ignored - ultimately leading to epic failure (meter reading handsets anyone?)
    Feedback from front lines often not listened to.
    Sacrifice everything for the bottom line.
    The words 'bed nights', 'training course' and 'Cos fuel expenses' strike fear into the hearts of senior managers with no experience of front line direct reports but have a Degree in the use of products made by 'Texas Instruments.'
    Manipulation using safety rules and performance related pay by poor managers is rife.
    Old boys network now diminishing where jobs were handed to people with little or no experience - a lack of compassion seemed to be mandatory.
    Lack of training for most Operational Managers due to the expense it creates and definitely no follow up on training that actually does exist; meaning knowledge is simply forgotten (what a shame).
    Over 50% of 'cost centre' managers have no idea what they are spending or earning for the business (what does THAT excel sheet look like or even mean?)
    There is no Welfare in many parts of the business so to speak of though often trumpeted by the leadership; the same leadership that lets other people do their jobs for them so they can remain a 'faceless podcast' and be ignored by the majority of a workforce whose morale is difficult to maintain.
    HR do a great job of protecting the company's reputation which is fair enough but they are almost useless at supporting managers who find it difficult dealing depression, anxiety, constant worry and a fear culture embedded across the business.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people, really just listen.
    Avoid being reactive at ALL times and take an extra minute to consider when making decisions. Be a strong leader (often having to learn privately) and always seek advice from trusted colleagues.
    Treat everyone with respect and never use policy and procedure as a blackmailing/manipulative tool.
    Promote Teamwork at all times and set a high service level internally and externally as a personal goal.
    Keep a daily diary of what you do/achieve because an ineffective senior person will often challenge you on what you do in SSE; saying 'whatever comes my way' is probably not the best answer to give at that point (it happens).
    Forget about everything else - there will always be someone having a worse day than you - don't let them get to you.


  3. Great place to work - lacks strategy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good package and location....pension is excellent, good colleagues

    Cons

    Parking is a pain, leadership lack strategy and setting direction, leads to wasted energy / effort regularly

    Advice to Management

    Set a strategic direction, empower teams to deliver it, cut out beauracracy, streamline processes, trust your staff....build a multi story car park at Havant


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  5. Avoid it

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plebian
    Current Employee - Plebian

    I have been working at SSE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent share scheme, decent pension scheme and un-skilled operational staff are well paid compared to other un-skilled jobs.

    Cons

    There are far too many managers that aren't actually doing anything, not to mention a few very dodgy ones that the company have let get away with theft because they don't want it publicised. There's an elitist attitude amongst the senior management and morale is low due to unfair performance pay schemes, unrealistic goals being set, constant shuffles and re-shuffles and an apprenticeship program which only gives a level 2 and sends pupils to a poor college. Most things are done as cheaply as they could be and the company's innovation panel lacks imagination and shuns real innovation. I could go on. The main con is also the main pro, the share scheme is so good that whenever I think about leaving the large pot of money being built up buy the Share Incentive Plan makes me think twice, not to mention I have no transferable skills because SSE doesn't like to properly train or educate its staff.

    Advice to Management

    streamline management staff and properly educate operational staff. Scrap Orang-utan mascot, stop advertising, scrap managers bonuses, expand business and start an R and D department.


  6. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at SSE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment. Nice to work

    Cons

    Salary ok ok . its fine also

    Advice to Management

    na


  7. The jury is out

    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Seemingly good pension but was press ganged into joining - suspicious...

    Cons

    Puts image before welfare, too many managers

    Advice to Management

    Take a genuine interest in your employees, and cut out the lip service.


  8. Working for SSE

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Excellent employer. Great company culture. Opportunities across abroad range of working areas

    Cons

    Can be a lot of red tape but that's to be expected with a large organisation


  9. overmanaged

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice Fitter in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Apprentice Fitter in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at SSE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work. Staff reasonably well looked after.

    Cons

    Management heavy. Communication like Chinese whispers.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication needed.


  10. A stepping stone employer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE

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

    Pros

    Extreme job prospects, loads of ways to develop my career.
    Working for a larger company means a more broad range of works.
    Health and safety is always a massive part to play

    Cons

    There is no overtime compared to other contracting companies of our size.
    The organisation and planning is poor.
    Always criticism to the work force and never the office force.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the guys out working hard, offer more overtime and ask more for opinions


  11. cost analyst

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

    I have been working at SSE full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company perks and opportunities, well educated workforce.

    Cons

    Internal politics and to much bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Simipfy processes and procedures



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