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Centrica Windsor Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Windsor, South East England, England (UK)

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Pros
  • Focus on work life balance and developing their employees (in 19 reviews)

  • Good salary and benefits package, fairly flexible working and you can have a very diverse career due to the size of the company (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant restructuring, slow decision-making and not enough employee empowerment (in 5 reviews)

  • Culture of favoritism, bad financial reward for doing a good job, lack of communication on company strategy (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Business Systems Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - British Gas Systems Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - British Gas Systems Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, great job share and job experience rotations.

    Cons

    Expect high levels of academic prowess, usually gained from University education. For those without University graduations but intellectually strong and more career experience you will get frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff with the skills.


  2. "HSES Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company so got to do some really interesting site visits.

    Cons

    Was so bored, not given very much to do, limited direction and responsibility. Despite trying to keep myself busy all the time I started my days wishing for them to end. The office is also in a very inconvenient location, and people generally very bland.

    Advice to Management

    Improve.


  3. "Lost its way but trying to find it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package, fairly flexible working and you can have a very diverse career due to the size of the company

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, slow decision-making and not enough employee empowerment

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to make the right decisions without having to go through multiple layers of management for sign off


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  5. "Analyst Graduate Scheme"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good breadth of experience avaiable
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Renumeration is poor compared to other energy companies
    Limited career progression


  6. "Centrica"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centrica (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company, with great benefits scheme, excellent team building and extra clubs and sports days etc to get involved with, face to face organisation, plenty of opportunity for training.

    Cons

    Some political struggles between departments. Can be hard to get people all in the same roomk for meetings etc due to the nature and diversity of the organisation

    Advice to Management

    More man management, more lines of reporting however apart from that, an excellent place to work. Unfortunately my time with the organisation was brought to a sudden hault due to various unhealthy run ins with my manager who actually made life very difficult and stressful for everyone in my department. Very unfortunate because everything else was excellent


  7. "Head of Pricing & Sourcing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous package, head office facilities were good, training needs met

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, old fashioned, lots of people with non proper work to do.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Most depressing place on earth"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Centrica full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Lots of old dinosaurs with mysogynistic tendancies

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the middle management and get rid of the people who stay below the radar


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ridiculously uncommercial operation"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work-life balance
    Good name to have on CV with a Market leader
    Genuine people-focussed management culture

    Cons

    Centrica, like all the Big 6 energy firms take a slating in the press for profiteering at their customer's expense. the question the British public need to ask is why aren't they more profitable?

    The business is completely over-staffed with two or three people doing in many cases, the same role. Thankfully the new CEO is working hard to reduce this bloated corporate ship. There are a lot of people hanging on for their pension or long service benefits and it shows.

    In major need of a shake -up!

    Advice to Management

    Raise your hiring standards. Millions of British gas customers have a right to expect better.


  10. "Group Internal Audit team"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Auditor in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic team, the best that I've worked with, and all senior colleagues echo this view. Strong methodology which is as robust as any Big 4 firm, coupled with real understanding of business issues.

    Cons

    Appears pedantic at times, but this results in a great product. Managing one's reputation and image are important, however overdoing this also has downsides for how one's perceived by colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting to the same standard you have done in the past. Diversification of skills may very well set us apart even further as a world class team.


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    "Company in Chaos"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centrica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having Centrica on your CV can open a lot of dorrs. If not an ambitious person, you can keep your head down and keep your job for years.

    Cons

    Nobody has your back. Management changes every 18 months (or less). Constant redundancies (every year year at Christmas time) are announced. Colleagues will step on you to climb into dead men shoes. The company is heavily male dominated outside of HR and Comms.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the psychopaths in the board room and the senior leadership team Don't reward oversized egos. Be unhappy with paying the average. Seek the truth.



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