National Grid - UK

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National Grid - UK Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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3.3 34 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

National Grid - UK CEO and Director; CEO, National Grid USA Steve Holliday

Steve Holliday

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Despite changes, still a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsMany employees have been here for years and that shows a level of satisfaction. Despite some restructuring (nothing too major), the company is a stable business with opportunities within. Although more progress is needed, the company's commitment to inclusion and diversity is there at many levels.

    ConsWith so many employees who have been here a long time, some areas move a little slower than ideal. Many started when the company was a lot smaller and they are still adjusting to being employed by an international company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue your focus on retaining and developing diverse employees to create leadership of the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    National Grid Has Long Lost its touch

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsNice new facility housing 1800+ employees in waltham mass. However the facility was put in a place where it make the commute unbearable for the majority of the employees. Many commute times to and from work are over 2 hours.

    ConsNational Grid as a company has lost touch with the reality of their workers and support staff. They are a greedy company that no longer gives raises (not even cost of living) and they have started to nibble away at benefits over the last few years. You no longer get a pension working here. Management seems to only tell you what they want you to hear and not the realities of what their plans are which is a largely outsourced workforce so they can "increase shareholder value". This means - Hi we are cheap! The company used to be great before national grid bought New England Electric and people were happy and got along. National grid has sucked the life out of the company and its employees and now bring in a bunch of Indians to work cheaply to save a few bucks. Stay clear of national grid if you value your patience and you sanity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip on reality. Stop managing by bullying people around. Give a cost of living raise each year. The company raises its rates to make more money - the employees deserve at least a cost of living wage adjustment. Overall - please just stop sucking. Thank you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities to build resume while making a living

    Intern (Current Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsFor an intern, who is still going to school, the company is an outstanding opportunity to gain valuable real-world work experience, while also making a decent living.

    I have had the opportunity to do all kinds of analyses, reports, setting of templates, doing presentations, learing of new mega valuable programs, such as SAS, learning more about Microsoft Office that you can possibly do in school or at any non-work environment, etc. It IS NOT your standard internship where you do copies in the printing room all day. It is like a real analyst job, which brings real value to your resume.

     Also, if you have over 91 credits the yearly salary is 37,000 (paid on hourly basis), which is more than some past-graduation jobs offer. You may also get a small annual bonus (less that 1,000 before taxes). It is also an ongoing internship, which could go for years and if you do a decent job, there is the possibily that you may be hired after you graduate.

    ConsThis is a utility company and as such, working for it is not as prestigous as would be working for one of the big banks, for example.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, excellent job security

    Associate Natural Gas Analyst (Current Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsGood benefits package, older workforce in mid level management which is retiring over the next 7-8 years leaving room for advancement for those of us starting out, excellent job security, collegial working environment, mid level managers are great bosses, good level of communication from CEO Steve Holliday, employee discount stock plan starting

    ConsToo much red tape to cut through for service requests, customer service representatives need to be tested and vetted, better internal job posting board needed to improve recruitment from within, education reimbursement ought to be upped (reimbursement in exchange for work commitment perhaps) to allow for better educational programs

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlign pay with performance, improve internal job posting system, improve education reimbursement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    National Grid provides a professional, fair workplace with competitive compensation for hardworking employees.

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsCareer and skill development is very much up to the employee and is otherwise limitless. Hardwork is rewarded with recognition, compensation and promotion. Encouragement to succeed by management. High visibility by management within your department and adjacent stakeholders.

    ConsA very large company where it is easy to become transparent in a global sense. On the global level there tends to be some inertia requiring some time for global objectives to be fulfilled and the various departments to become in sync.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay closer attention to the competition to retain skilled and talented employees. Pay special attention to special cases and pockets of highly skilled contributors and move quickly to resolve flight risks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    old school way

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsJob security as a regulated utility company there is not much chance of being let go. The benefits are ok for a company of this size.

    ConsIt feels like working for the govt and the pay is just as bad or worse. they dont pay any where near the going market rate, but they think they pay slightly above the market rate. advancement is basic on length of service

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to realize you can not do things the sameway in every country. As the saying goes When in rome

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Brilliant company to work for!

    Project Assurance Controller (Current Employee) Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible
    Trusting
    Oppotunity
    Great long term security
    Many employees have been at the company for years showing a good level of long term satisfaction

    ConsSome miscommunication between departments.
    Aging workforce leading to mass retirement in the next 10-20 years

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    satisfied

    Power Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

    Prossatisfactory career development, professional development, good learning of different project aspects

    Conswork-life balance, good compensation for outperformers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall Good

    Power Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

    ProsJob Stability, flexible working hours, good working athomosphere

    ConsDifficult to raise salary after the last OD

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing, overall good

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best job I've ever had

    Graduate Engineer (Current Employee) Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)

    ProsIt's a great working atmosphere, very flexible and the work is challenging, interesting and important to the whole nation, with lots of opportunities to progress your career.

    ConsBeing a big company that has been doing this for a long time, it can be a little set in its ways.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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