National Grid USA Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. great

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

    I have been working at National Grid USA

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    big company and traditional utility mentality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Good Example of Bad Culture

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    Former Employee - Project Support in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Project Support in Waltham, MA

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee at the Waltham office.

    Cons

    Company is not ready or willing to make any changes. Senior management appears to be a collection of former operation leaders that have little management skills but excel at the ability to demotivate their teams.They are too set in their ways and obstinate to listen to anyone of their teams recommendations or ideas. Everyone is afraid to fail so no one makes a decision. The Waltham office is a very depressing work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old fashion, top-down management style is clearly not working at this company. The Senior VPs should really consider leaving if they are not willing to empower their teams and actually listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Contractor - Data Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than a 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
  6. Awesome experience! Worked as an intern, and fell in love with the company.

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    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Constant Change

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

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (more than a 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
  9. Review

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    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 a 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
  10. 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
  11. Good training experience for Intern

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    Current Intern - Transmission Planning Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Intern - Transmission Planning Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

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