Centrica

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Lots of potential but weak leadership

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Centrica as a contractor

Pros

Lots of opportunities, especially in North West England. Merging from small independent with major energy player

Cons

The best leaders left after the merger (hostile take over)and what remains are weak and ineffectual. Terrible communicators and very little people skills.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get some leaders who have strong people skills who can communicate with all levels of staff. It is too hierarchical and the Centrica policies go against all the previous ethos of Venture

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1.  

    Great place before end 2013, terrible in 2014

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Windsor, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Windsor, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Before the Upstream management changed, it was a great place to work for.
    The general spirit was that you were a valued and esteemed employee. Received great opportunities and got to manage a really interesting and break-through project. As personal development plan my manager agreed to send me to coaching with w a professional coach. Got to work with highly professional and nice people.

    Cons

    When the Upstream management changed, suddenly the atmosphere changed to “you have got to earn the right to spend money”. The investment horizon shortened to 2 to 3 years maximum, setting the upstream business up as cash cow. A warning to investor: Centrica will face the steep reserves cliff in approximately 3 years from now. They are not touching anything new and there will hardly be any oil production left, because exploration “does not rock the boat” of Upstream management.
    People were suddenly not appreciated anymore and management stopped listening to them. It is “my way or the highway”. It was such a drastic culture change that it took people a few months to realize this was real. It was almost like seeing people in a combat zone when they start slowly realizing that they are not at peace anymore. People were given bad ratings at the end of the year, despite having delivered, because Management said “we are not paying people, instead we give them bad ratings”. There has been a mass exodus from Centrica Upstream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t know what possessed the executive management to put change Upstream management. The new management systematically destroyed a well-functioning and growing Upstream business in Centrica. People make a company. They seem to have forgotten that you cannot generate income without people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Working in IS is becoming a living nightmare

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    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
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