EDF Energy Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    To much tiers of management!!!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good 9 to 5 culture.
    London Locations are great.
    Safety culture improving on non-nuclear sites.
    Work-Life balance with big room to flexibility (not open to all and big elements of favouritism if you synchronised with top tier managers)

    Cons

    Top tiers of management are useless and not prepared to challenge the business just want to keep the status quo.
    They pay no attention to employee needs but also not worry with business performance.
    EDF energy show elements of a "grow-up" company from the nuclear side but anything non-nuclear related is rubbish and very detrimental and depressing to be perfectly honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave and leave the business to allow a new generation to take over and a real ownership of the business as a whole not only nuclear.
    Start to think if your behaviour will be acceptable in other business!!!! You are acting as a boss not as a manager!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Glad I spent 9 years there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EDF Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, friendly people, interesting sector at an interesting time, supportive and internal comms have got much better than when I joined

    Cons

    Poor project management- plan badly then hide behind consultants. Needs to change if nuclear is to succeed.
    Talk the talk on talent retention but haven't cracked it yet.
    Nuclear is the cash cow and increasingly the focus so for a long career here I'd get into the Generation business. However be aware in Nuclear it's formal and stuffy. Customers however is more 'fluffy' but faces cuts in costs to stay afloat.
    Paris call the shots but they don't understand the UK market outside of generation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive accountability, especially in projects.
    Identify your talent and fast track it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. EDF Energy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Risk Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Market Risk Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EDF Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, interesting job, managed to work 9 to 5 and one day per week work from home

    Cons

    very hierarchical, difficult to get promotion so people end up switching teams to keep motivated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Very good and stable company to work for, cared about its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GIS Draughtsman in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - GIS Draughtsman in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EDF Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well organised and efficiently managed office environment. Managers were well chosen and competent. A steady and predictable promotions system.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance faster regardless of skills and work ethic, a real Hodgepodge of old (union negotiated) and newer contracts meant some senior staff had far better pay and benefits, especially pensions and this used to cause some consternation when pay increases were announced every two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers who excel should be promoted sooner, more flexibility for managers to reward staff who perform better than expected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. A great business which is increasingly customer focused and looks after its staff well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - really interesting and varied work
    - at the cutting edge of customer contract innovation
    - surprisingly good at listening to and understanding its customers
    - strong company values - they walk the talk on sustainability, recycling and safety
    - mostly well paid work with a consistent performance related bonus available if work up to scratch
    - some very smart people work there you can learn from

    Cons

    - good at listening to customers but legacy systems mean we couldn't respond as fast as we would like (although these are being updated/consolidated)
    - very fine margins in residential and business retail electricity so huge focus on risk management which is sensible but a bit stifling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - do fewer things better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Helped for my career to grow as professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior SAP IT Test Analyst in Three Bridges, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Senior SAP IT Test Analyst in Three Bridges, England (UK)

    I worked at EDF Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - The best part of working with EDF energy was, I got challenging work everyday.
    - I never got bored of any of my tasks.
    - I was well fed, and at the same time they took best out of me.
    - Career Mentor helped to learn, apply and grow
    - My work was always noticed and rewarded.
    - Given the chance to apply the best process to get best results in my role.
    - Helped personally and professionally.

    Cons

    - Multiple people manage same task, and status reports every hour is bit hectic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Many people chasing the team members multiple times a day puts pressure and little bit of distraction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities if you want to make the adjustments to do so

    Cons

    The senior and executive leadership are in a mess with little direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk and be honest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Empowering employees to make their mark and develop into what they want to be.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    EDF Energy invests in it's people. If you have an ambition to develop your career they give you the tools and support to do so. There is a strong focus on zero harm, including physical and mental wellbeing.

    Cons

    The Energy sector is not popular with the UK population, so it can feel like you are fighting a losing battle on the customers side, but regardless, customers needs are the forefront of EDF Energy's business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, many opportunities around the company, different departments to rotate to. Excellent for finding an area that interest you.

    Cons

    starting salary for graduate is pretty low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay rise in line with industry average and competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Slow moving company. Poor culture. Dissapointing.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EDF Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    EDF Energy is a great name in the energy landscape.
    Energy generation is a big challenge and utilities are the place to be if you want to be part of the journey.
    There is so much to do in terms of technology, communication, processes, partnerships, marketing
    EDF Energy comes with the brand, expertise and all the assets from the French giant, parent company EDF.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the strategy is not so clear (energy generation vs retail)
    EDF Energy was build after a merger of multiple UK energy companies (Britis energy, london electricity, etc.) and there are still cultural gaps.
    People are not likely to welcome new comers and are very process-driven.
    Tick-boxing culture, few inspirational managers.
    Lots of contractor, people focused on their day to day task.
    EDF Energy puts too much emphasis on greenwashing and low carbon blabla.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees a clear strategy and pay attention to clients.
    Not just copy-paste global marketing (ie greenwashing) but help people understand the A-Z of energy, for today and tomorrow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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