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Centrica Reviews in Staines, England

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    A friendly warm company to work for that experiences constant change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Salaries
    Great Environment
    Flexible Working ethos
    Opportunities to advance rank through natural progression

    Cons

    Lack of qualified leadership
    Communication issues between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of certain supplier and Centrica management relationships that exist as a consequence of continued personal favours, specifically within IS Telephony that are proving disastrous to rapport between end business users and IS in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Working in IS is becoming a living nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Staines, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good overall benefits package, reasonable salary if you negotiate very hard upon joining. The staff restaurant is better than it was. Mostly a 9-5 culture, no expectations of 'long hours' or weekend working. Home working is possible, at least part of the week.

    Cons

    Incredibly political - pretends to be a meritocracy but isn't. Career progress depends on how good you are at brown nosing senior management - what you actually do counts for nothing. If you have a management job in the IS area your life will become a living nightmare of mind boggling processes, cost estimates, metrics, micromanagement and being held to account for the slightest deviation from the norm. Even filling in timesheets is becoming impossible as you cannot charge projects more than agreed but you are also not allowed to book time to BAU cost codes.

    Senior management is trying to find reasons to initiate a redundancy programme, hence the new emphasis on micromanagement. The metrics are designed to show that there are too many middle and junior managers who are not productive enough and need to be cut. This is plainly obvious for all to see. The paranoid atmosphere, redolent of fear and backstabbing, is reminiscent of East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. It's a terrible shame - when I joined 5 years ago the IS area of the company was vibrant and fun to work for, but then a new CIO was brought in to make cuts and that's when it all went wrong. The future doesn't look good either, as political pressure to keep fuel prices low will inevitably mean further cuts and redundancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their jobs and focus on delivering, instead of wasting time on pointless processes which waste time and detract from the objectives of our roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good brand name to work for with low growth opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good Training.
    People are looked after well

    Cons

    Too hierarchical, hard to get a job done. Required numerous sign offs for simple project gates.
    No growth in IT space.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    energy analyst

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    Current Employee - Energy Analyst in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Energy Analyst in Staines, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great place to work and progress opportunities
    fair compensation

    Cons

    canteen is too expensive for food.

  6.  

    Marmite internships- hate it or love it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive team in a growing area of the business. They were more than willing to show me the ropes and help me learn new things about the industry.

    Cons

    Location outside of London in Staines made me feel isolated. Especially as a marketing intern, the corporate culture in their vapid business park offices didn't really inspire me to think creatively. This opinion was cemented after visiting several agencies we work with in central London.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Average pay, decent work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP CE Consultant in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - SAP CE Consultant in Staines, England (UK)

    I have been working at Centrica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not strict for time
    Average facilities
    Staines has proximity to London

    Cons

    Does not have an IT strategy
    IS is more tactical and not strategic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company trying to be cutting edge but still a public bureaucracy deep down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance in Staines, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career development (up to a certain level)

    Cons

    Poor systems which can be intolerably slow and outdated
    Weak decision making with little business planning
    Lack of straight talk and honesty from the leaders
    Cumbersome and top heavy management
    Too much time is spent reporting/spinning a story rather than actioning a plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the structure and speak honestly with employees. Develop a strategy that gives customers what they want...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company which doesn't offer any challenges, nor any growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)

    I have been working at Centrica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Join when you want to focus on your personal life, as this company will provide you a lot of it.

    Cons

    No growth, no training at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of your employees, they are not just resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    For a Business Analyst, a great place to work on a variety of projects and yet maintain a healthy work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Staines, England (UK)

    I have been working at Centrica full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, huge variety of projects, good career progression opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, marketing-driven instead of product or engineering driven, not a great place to earn money as a permanent employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few things and do them well, cut costs to provide cheap energy to customers and build products that manage customers' energy for them automatically

    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    it started off really good, but a new CIO took over and it went grim

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Lead in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Lead in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica

    Pros

    it was a good location for me to get to, the benefit package was one of the best i've ever had. the company used to be a firm believer in the work life balance thing

    Cons

    the new CIOIO killing the place. all the best and most productive staff are leaving in their droves. the new CEO has just one idea , outsource. he did the same thing at his last 2 assignments as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better CIO

    No opinion of CEO

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