National Grid USA Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Accounting dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Services in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Accounting Services in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Recent overhaul of senior management- they listen, care and are making a difference- it's not hierarchical
    Dynamic, you can make a difference
    Interesting work, different issues arise daily
    Collaborative
    Good benefits eg company gym, healthcare
    Can get paid less to get more vacation

    Cons

    Lots of consultants "helping" - seems they are part of the problems- they were here before the accounting clean up, so it makes no sense they are "helping" clean up the accounts when they caused the issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the consultants- and sue them for the shoddy job they did with SAP implementation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, except during year end and other financial reporting periods

    Cons

    Many employees have been there a long time, so it may be difficult to advance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Pros

    Great company. I loved my co-workers and my supervisors. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Outdated is a understatement. Huge trust issue between union and management. Lack of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to some of the complaints workers have a lot of them are simple fixes which would probably increase efficiency. ALSO follow through with plans of improvement... union doesn't trust you guys because you either take to long to follow through or take a dramatic change in direction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Cons > Pros

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time

    Pros

    Stable work environment, free gym. flexible hours

    Cons

    Busy during summer, slow IT responds, poor internal control, people don't take their work seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Why power costs so much...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    You can sit on Facebook, do personal banking in front of supervisors, sit on g-chat and basically have no expectations from management as everyone here is either replaceable or replaceable but unfireable due to a union that has implemented mandatory breaks for people in administrative positions (why they need a break from sitting at a desk is beyond me). You can also leave in the middle of the day if you are stressed, not having a great day, don't feel like working or any other reason I have observed; alternatively you can also spend the remainder of the day talking and not doing work. There is also no expectation of getting work done; this is a combination of everyone knowing the person they are working with is dumb and can be blamed for delays or just not caring and making excuses to not do it or blaming consultants. They love to complain about consultants here which is ironic as they are here to clean up after the actual workers (see other comments) who suck at their jobs.

    Cons

    You kind of feel guilty taking money from a public utility company if you have any concept of work and responsibility, unfortunately their is a distinct lack of any idea what those concepts are. As a result you literally feel dumber as you are forced to interact with these troglodytes. You also feel bad when people complain about heating or electric bills because you know it could probably be reduced by 90% if competent people were responsible for its procurement and delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is it possible to replace an entire office work force? Can you get rid of the incompetence known as union labor? You literally have consultants waiting to redo the work of union employees because the union employees are that dumb.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Contract Project

    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay match the work load

    Cons

    Training a large workforce had it's challenges (Minimum issues related around capturing the correct employees)

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I lost my faith in mankind

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time

    Pros

    I really could not find any

    Cons

    They just cannot get anything right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and maybe the company will stand a chance. Be honest, you are the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Use to be as if you were working with family members until CSC took over. All downhill from there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Hicksville, NY
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Analyst in Hicksville, NY

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of any now. There are no Pros working for CSC.

    Cons

    No job security. You had to kiss ass ALOT. Management has NO CLUE what they are doing. Communication is only one way. You are treated like a second rate slave and the pay rate is inadequate. If you are a seasoned veteran, start looking for work right away because your days are numbered. You are to old to be working for CSC and they are preparing to let you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your job entails and then manage. Seriously consider advise which is given by those you are managing. They KNOW the pulse of the company better than you ever will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Awesome experience! Worked as an intern, and fell in love with the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Waltham, MA
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people, and everyone was willing to help me with any thing I needed. The company does a lot for the interns, and don't just treat them like cheap labor

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very friendly. I always felt comfortable going to my boss for anything, and they were very patient and understanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good people

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities, technology advancement slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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