National Grid USA Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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National Grid USA CEO Steve Holliday
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, except during year end and other financial reporting periods (in 9 reviews)

  • Good pay if you've worked there a long time (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited upper management growth without having to relocate (in 5 reviews)

  • Huge trust issue between union and management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Pros

    Great system, Great co-workers, love my union.

    Cons

    none at all. i love it.


  2. Distribution Planning Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA

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

    Pros

    Very good people to work with, compensated very well for the work that you are willing to put in. A lot of room for growth

    Cons

    Company does not implement new ideas efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Management - Credit & Collections

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent support system, pro employee development

    Cons

    There is no facility that is commutable once I relocated. I would have worked there until I couldn't work any longer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Overall it's a good job a lot of benefits.

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    Current Employee - Distribution Planning Engineer in Brentwood, NY
    Current Employee - Distribution Planning Engineer in Brentwood, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit package, good stable company to work for. Many opportunities to grow within the company if you are dedicated and put the time in to learn the ins and outs.

    Cons

    Upper management is somewhat disorganized with implementing new programs and policies. Many of our methods / programs / policies are out of date. Very tight budget and frugal with how they choose to spend the revenue.


  6. Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Finance and accounting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and flexible work schedule availability. If you work hard and know what your doing it will be noticed by management and you will get what you deserve as far as promotions and salary go. Very ethical company who tries to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Few cons except most training will take place on the job.


  8. It can work for you

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around in the company
    Great benefits for your family
    Very flexible work environment
    Friendly people
    Not at all stressful

    Cons

    Company jumps from one operating model or management style to another all the time. Will we still be doing Process Excellence, Performance Excellence, and Performance Hubs in 2 years? 5 years? 10 years? Maybe. No. Definitely not.

    Company is running out of money and can't file a rate case because our finance/accounting system doesn't work.

    Company brings in new executives to freshen up the place, but they all get broken by the old-timer executives and made to conform.

    Advice to Management

    You need to REALLY clean house if you want to take National Grid into the 21st century and be the utility of the future. Adding fresh blood here and there doesn't do anything if everyone is forced to conform to the way the old-timers work. Bringing fresh ideas to the table just makes enemies.

    We need a strategy to bring National Grid into the 21st century, and Connect 21 isn't it. For example, people in the company are working on the alternative fuel vehicle market. If you ask them why National Grid is doing this, or how National Grid is going to make money in the market, they do not have an answer. Connect21 seems like just a lot of hand-waving and propaganda.


  9. Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

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

    Pros

    if you are in the finance union you will have a very good protected job with very high pay and very good benefits
    Free gym in office
    Large work cubes compared to New York normal

    Cons

    I have had no pay rise 2 years running- no one got one this year and there was some "we will give the lowest paid a raise and no one else" last year
    CFO has no faith in her management team hence wishes to interview every new hire for a job- including interns
    As a result politics at top are "hunger games" where everyone sabotages each other in an attempt to survive her quarterly firings.
    Every 5 years they give everyone a test to fire yet more people at the lower levels - they can't seem to realize the issue Is the people at the top not the workers.

    Advice to Management

    The games played by senior management perpetrated by the CFO are toxic
    Accountability rolls downwards for everything - the buck at other companies stops at the top- here it's at the lowest level they can get away with
    The CFO should fire her team not everyone else- as of course her team roll blame downwards.


  10. intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA

    Pros

    good place to work. fun.

    Cons

    not much for cons to say


  11. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Pros

    401k, health care, bonuses annually

    Cons

    No retiree benefits any longer



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