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SSE Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
22 Reviews

3.6
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    SSE intern over a period of 6 months

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    Current Employee - Generation Intern
    Current Employee - Generation Intern

    Pros

    Good place to get a working experience in the generation business and to appreciate the challenges of energy generation.

    Cons

    No processes, not strong e-learning platforms, big generation plants are not coordinated, therefore the engineering practices can vary a lot. Engineering level is very low, even though I don´t know whether this is just from the facility itself or the sector (there are no processes at all for introducing new technologies, for assessing efficiency of the plant, etc.). In general, the plant at which I worked had a very poor engineering level and required very long outages every year to be functional in winter. Frustration and fire fighting were common and engineering bodies and chartership were not considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the engineering culture. Bring people from other sectors with a stronger engineering culture (automotive, aerospace, manufacturing) to implement best practices. Set up central functions to create strategies across the business, promote charter-ship for engineers!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    SSE FOR THREE YEARS.

    Former Employee - Linesman  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Linesman in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Good money especially £44.50 digs more if on an island

    Cons

    "Celtic ,Rangers" mentality shamefully prevails in 2014 :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Saftey should mean keeping your men safe not complying in order to cover yourselves.

  3.  

    I loved working for SSE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BR Resolver  in  Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Employee - BR Resolver in Basingstoke, England (UK)

    Pros

    friendly staff that worked together in teams & some management are there to listen to you whether it be work issues or , the variation of different positions within the company kept the boredom at bay

    Cons

    managers are too young .. they may know their jobs but does not have any people skills, being a long term employer i encountered family illness issues & SSE did not support me, SSE pledge to look after their staff .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff & make them feel that they are valuable as there were very few that did this to me

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If your face fits you'll go far.

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    Current Employee - Complaints and Compliance Manager  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Complaints and Compliance Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Stable company with various locations across the UK. They are the leader in green energy and have great ethics etc when looking after the environment.

    Cons

    Very hard to make your way up the ladder if you are not in the "in crowd". Despite 8 years service and a vast knowledge of the firm and industry, SSE often promoted friend of existing managers or family members over those of us with high level experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  Perth, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Perth, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Good salary and have good offers on shares within the company

    Cons

    Very hard to progress unless your "friends" with management. Not treated as a person, more a number to answer calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to treat there teams like family not just the customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    SSE Good generally but management level not good

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    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer  in  Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    The general people that work there are excellent

    Cons

    Promotion prospects are nill. Management at some levels bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out job and work recoginition. Make your employees feel they are wanted and show you understand their contribution. Reward hard work

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Customer service advisor

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good rates of pay for the job itself, especially for a call centre job.
    Health and safety is taken serious, very seriously at SSE.
    Always support if needed.

    Cons

    Far to many indecisive changes by management, the business demands change very quickly due to energy market.
    Difficult to progress without being favoured by management, many vacancies were not advertised but simply given to, popular members of staff.
    Office politics is excessive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a honest internal employment structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A nice friendly company to work for. Managers are easy going and kind. There is a culture of respect.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    family environment
    good hours
    flat management structure

    Cons

    low salary
    difficult to progress
    people stay on the same job for ages
    lack of innovation
    difficulty in getting new ideas through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should invest more on people
    increase salaries
    support training - not just apprentices
    take a look at what other companies are doing

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Okay if you want.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  Cosham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cosham, England (UK)

    Pros

    Probably the best thing about SSE is that you will most certainly have the chance to take on the challenges at work if you so wish.
    The pay is not bad at all and the people there are generally nice. If you are looking for a place to tread water or if you are not really bothered about getting on too soon, then definitely work there!
    You can opt into a pension, shares as well but generally speaking it is no better an offer than othr similar sized companies.

    Cons

    Too many promises! On starting with SSE take a look at their corporate inspired website/intranet. The offer and promise of training and development seem right on! The problem is delivery.
    Unfortunately there is a gap between the corporate wishful thinking and the hard day-to-day reality of having no time to develop in the way that is promoted.
    You will not be given time to 'find the carreer you want' at SSE. Its just the same as any other bog standard employer expecting you to go off and spend all your own time developing yourself, putting this into the workplace and there being no substansive payoff for this after an extended time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the mould of British business and actually mean what you say on your own website! (Believe me you do not!)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, poor middle management!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Havant, England (UK)

    Pros

    As long as you hit your targets and put in the effort you do get recognition and possible new opportunities. The company invest a lot of time and money on existing employees.

    Cons

    Due to a lot of pressure, some middle management don't recognise these individuals allowing for that work ethic and enthusiasm to go unnoticed, leading to loss in morale!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know what motivates each of your employees and use this to generate good morale and results. Now what their goals and take a genuine interest in helping them reach it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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