SSE Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. challenging

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    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
  2. Post nominals anyone?

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    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
  3. It project manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. Good work life balance, can be better by good governence.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Havant, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Havant, England (UK)

    I worked at SSE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Yearly salary increments and flexible approach to taking leaves. Safety culture is good, company prouds itself on being good at customer service which is good.

    Cons

    Very less social gathering and outings. Real hard to break out of norm and try to do things differently. Days weeks and years pass by doing same repetative stuff if you are not carefull and you may age on the same chair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide groth opportiunities to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Customer service advisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good rates of pay for the job itself, especially for a call centre job.
    Health and safety is taken serious, very seriously at SSE.
    Always support if needed.

    Cons

    Far to many indecisive changes by management, the business demands change very quickly due to energy market.
    Difficult to progress without being favoured by management, many vacancies were not advertised but simply given to, popular members of staff.
    Office politics is excessive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a honest internal employment structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    A nice friendly company to work for. Managers are easy going and kind. There is a culture of respect.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSE

    Pros

    family environment
    good hours
    flat management structure

    Cons

    low salary
    difficult to progress
    people stay on the same job for ages
    lack of innovation
    difficulty in getting new ideas through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should invest more on people
    increase salaries
    support training - not just apprentices
    take a look at what other companies are doing

    No opinion of CEO
  8. Okay if you want.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cosham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cosham, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE

    Pros

    Probably the best thing about SSE is that you will most certainly have the chance to take on the challenges at work if you so wish.
    The pay is not bad at all and the people there are generally nice. If you are looking for a place to tread water or if you are not really bothered about getting on too soon, then definitely work there!
    You can opt into a pension, shares as well but generally speaking it is no better an offer than othr similar sized companies.

    Cons

    Too many promises! On starting with SSE take a look at their corporate inspired website/intranet. The offer and promise of training and development seem right on! The problem is delivery.
    Unfortunately there is a gap between the corporate wishful thinking and the hard day-to-day reality of having no time to develop in the way that is promoted.
    You will not be given time to 'find the carreer you want' at SSE. Its just the same as any other bog standard employer expecting you to go off and spend all your own time developing yourself, putting this into the workplace and there being no substansive payoff for this after an extended time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the mould of British business and actually mean what you say on your own website! (Believe me you do not!)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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