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Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Very Positive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good pay. Good approach to CPD. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Difficult to get work processed and agreed. Can be quite slow and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the verifier/approval system. It is open to being taken advantage of.


  2. "Lack of progress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at ESBI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good life-work balance, subsidised canteen, good changing and bike facilities! Good enough pension and you get guaranteed bonuses

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities- management and senior management operate as a cartel and you don't get in on ability but on back scratching


  3. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, Interesting projects, consultants are helpful and knowledgeable

    Cons

    Poor relation of ESB group, treated as a second class ESB citizen, poor career progression, some internal roles would find it desirable if the candidate had an MBA, this would be for a role where the salary would start on less than €50k!

    Advice to Management

    Start retaining staff instead of training them up and watching them leave for industry competitors


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  5. "Great environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESBI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people
    Not too stressful but lots of work
    Good training
    Very good benefits

    Cons

    slightly slower to innovation than other firms but is improving


  6. "Great company for internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary, Good working hours, lots of opportunity for development including training days

    Cons

    No real cons of working here


  7. "ESB Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ESBI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very nice, easy to get on with and there is a good sense of family. Employees and their welling being are highest on the ESB agenda. Staff are well looked after and there is an excellent social scene. There is plenty of scope to move and progress your career if you wish. Scope for further training and education is excellent.

    Cons

    Big organisation and change can be slow. The culture can take a little getting used to if you are new to the organisation and are coming from the private into a semi-state sector. But its not really a bad thing or a concern it's just a matter of adjustment.

    Advice to Management

    In terms of staff, there needs to be more ESB employees as opposed to using vendors to augment the numbers as it can be challenging to retain the experience and knowledge that is gained by non ESB employees, which walks out the door at the end of their engagement.
    Contribution by ESB to health care for staff should really by incorporated into the compensation package.


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    "ESB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESBI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very stable, the work is interesting and most of the people are very capable and professional. A good work-life balance is achievable and managers are generally flexible on working hours once the work gets done.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and slow as a company, and progression is difficult. The internal pay & reward structure is essentially communism, demoralising the hardest workers because they see minimal reward over and above lazy workers.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on aptitude, not just length of tenure!! Something has to be done to get rid of the dead weight too, although those tend to be the most heavily unionised people. More often than not they're just moved elsewhere in the company.


  9. "Surveyor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Surveyor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Surveyor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and good perks

    Cons

    A lot of travel and work outside country

    Advice to Management

    Take advice also from junior staff


  10. "Secure, Low-risk employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Operations Team Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Operations Team Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ESBI full-time

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility given early if it is sought. A broad expose to different aspects to the business is possible. Good work-life balance options and understanding of personal circumstances. Good sense of social/environmental responsibility.

    Cons

    Not very dynamic. Under-resourced. Unfair/unequal compensation for different types employee contracts for the same work. No performance based payments. Old school culture. Slow to adopt new technologies. Advancement/promotional opportunities very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Until the old-school culture is moved on there is no hope of keeping up with more modern companies and enticing younger people to stay.


  11. "ESB - Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got a good range of experience, from desk work to going out to the sites most days. Nice to have variety.

    Cons

    Quite a political work place in my experience so need to wary of that.


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