Western Power Distribution

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Western Power Distribution Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    A job for life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    in an ever growing industry. If you want to progress, be it academically or managerially, the company is willing to put their time and resources into you

    Cons

    there are a few people who are stuck in their ways, but I suppose they haven't got long to got :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best company for technical orientated people. I am glad I've left.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Power Distribution

    Pros

    Salary is actually competitive compare to other DNOs. "Your job is secured for another 8 years" after been fast tracked in RIIO period. High efficiency in this business sector.

    Cons

    Bullying culture. Relationship between management and employees is terrible. People arround you are mostly pessimistic and protective. No appreciation to in-depth technical knowledge. Engineering analysis is simplified which makes you feel your education is wasted. PhDs and MBAs please don't apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees like normal human beings?

  3.  

    Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Focus on customer
    Salary ok
    Not much else

    Cons

    'We're all overheads'. Old fashioned management with no sign of change. Staff are bullied by incompetent managers. Little planning. Lack of communication between management and employees. No communication between teams/departments. Over-worked staff while others get away with murder. Attitude to health and safety?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be a great company, you are the reason we're not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Treat staff as robots not people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Castle Donington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Castle Donington, England (UK)

    I worked at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If your face fits with management then you can get away with anything and get lots of perks
    Reasonable salary

    Cons

    Don't care about staff as long as work gets done
    Too much favouritism
    Sexist contact centre
    Expect staff to work regardless of commitments
    Bully staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees won't tell you what they think because they are scared of you
    You need to understand yr employees more to earn their respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Old fashion, bullying management, high bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Seems to focus fully on delivery with very short term view.
    Salary is fairly standard.
    Plenty of overtime if team manager allows you to claim.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, lack of honesty and integrity.
    Old fashion, no open culture between team leaders/management and employees.
    Limited scope for change and improvement.
    Bullying and threatening of staff.
    No medium/long term planning.
    Over-work and no gratitude or recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change of leadership and work ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a place for forward looking or technically minded people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution

    Pros

    the salary is OK for this sector, not the best or the worse.
    lots of overtime is you want to work it.

    Cons

    no bonus, no perks, very little chance of promotion. a company that has not changed in the last 23 years and clealry wont be for a a few years yet. or until there is a change in the leadership of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WPD could be a great company if senior managment started looking forward and started using technology and employing staff with 21st century skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    more operational work orientated

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    Current Employee - Transformer Specialist  in  Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Transformer Specialist in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Western Power Distribution

    Pros

    It is the Top performer among uk DNOs. The management system is simplified to reduce operational cost. strong financial performance by now.

    Cons

    salary is not very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not familiar yet with WPD management. Just been taken over.

    No opinion of CEO

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