Centrica Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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Pros
  • the company used to be a firm believer in the work life balance thing (in 5 reviews)

  • Centrica has good Flexible working hours (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Rampant Office Politics which ironically the leadership team is responsible for creating, unfair treatment of employees and no growth prospects (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 200 year old dinosaur gets agile

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Big Data Technical Architect in Staines, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Big Data Technical Architect in Staines, England (UK)

    I have been working at Centrica as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Decisive IT leadership and good work life balance. Embracing open source and Big Data technologies and breaking out of the "no-one gets fired for buying SAP/ORACLE/Microsoft/HP..." culture

    Cons

    Heavy ITIL model makes delivery slow (but this is changing as new middle management drive through the bureaucracy).

    Advice to Management

    Back your best people and eliminate the people and IT areas that deliver no value


  2. Senior Management: Ill informed and inhumane

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica

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

    Pros

    Team workers were great people

    Cons

    Culture of bullying, inhumane treatment of junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Give it up!


  3. Working in IS is becoming a living nightmare

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. A friendly warm company to work for that experiences constant change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Good brand name to work for with low growth opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. energy analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Marmite internships- hate it or love it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital Marketing Intern in Staines, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Digital Marketing Intern in Staines, England (UK)

    I worked at Centrica as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    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.


  9. Average pay, decent work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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



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