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National Grid USA Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
123 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Unstable, change in senior management every 2 yrs, consultants are in every department replacing full time employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome experience! Worked as an intern, and fell in love with the company.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

    Uncertain company

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Industry standard pay, good benefits

    Cons

    still a lot of negativity in employees from culture change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seize any authority and decision making opportunities from executives. Company is still floundering years after mergers and outsourcing. Because it is a utility with guaranteed revenue, they are able to survive. After actively concentrating decisions at all levels to the top executives, they are finally realizing they don't know everything. They are implementing a Six Sigma/Total Quality type environment, which if they are truly going to do that, I think the company will succeed and prosper. However, because it is a UK owned company, i suspect that will not happen because the UK culture doesn't really see employees and lower level manager capable of knowing more than them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bureaucracy can be daunting, but a generally ok place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company pays well across the board, lots of job security because you are rarely checked up on. Some positions have a very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be stifling. It takes weeks, if not months to get something done, and there is never any change to procedure no matter how stupid it may be. There are some real challenges with moving up the ranks in some sectors too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The amount of contractors employed to do work that should be internal is insane. Try hiring those people on full time, then you wouldn't have to teach their jobs to someone new every 10 months!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    welcome to the imperial culture

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    none that I could think of

    Cons

    no room for advancement. lack of basic leadership skills wight the upper management. hired monkeys from the street. feels like the Tudor dynasty running the show. if you speak your mind, your head will be chopped off. Senior expats can bring expensive wine bottles and horses to USA on rate payers money, while the US work force gets reduced and bonus shrinks further. Should change the name to "International Greed".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none. as if they are interested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant Change

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    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Attempts to do right thing

    Cons

    Too many decisions are made without input from the people who can advise on how to proceed or of consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on bottom line and shareholders dividends will not add value to the company

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    not really any pros for national grid

    Cons

    Location. terrible to get to. no work life ballance. no room to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a good company but just to big for its own good.

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    They pay for engineers is really low. No value of engineering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good training experience for Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, location and supervisor

    Cons

    Nothing much to complain for an internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human Resources process can be a little more faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company should elimiate Culture of Fear from the CEO down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gas Operations in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Gas Operations in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary is good once you have paid your dies and worked here for at least five years. Health care cost is not as exorbitant as it was six years ago.

    Cons

    Human Resources is intent on promoting image of diversity and respect, yet neither attribute is apparent around the company. Complicated and overly wrought employee evaluations have not improved quality assurance levels and are a demoralizing factor as they continually downplay an employee's positive contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing by FEAR and stop putting profits ahead of employee concerns for a work/life balance. Provide equal opportunities and stop discriminating against women who are capable as their male counterparts. Reform Human Resources and the Culture of Fear which pervades every department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run Forest, Run!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good folks working around.
    Not sure if there are any pros other that this. Well .. unless you are a young, ambitious female so Women in Network (WiN) could help you advance even if you don't have a clue.

    Cons

    1) Someone here said - location?! This person must be leaving in the hotel across the street. Otherwise, you waste you life stuck on Rt. 128. The executives moved the US HQ to this high profile building ignoring the human cost. Since then they lost (maybe intentionally) lot of seasoned staff and had to adopt the flextime which someone else here so praised.
    2) New management promoted despite their incompetence, inexperience and lack of respect among co-workers. Demoralized old staff and bunch of newly hired college kids under such leadership = Power of Action!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they don't listen anyway...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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