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ESBI Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great colleagues, company culture is very caring and emphasizes a good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and opportunities to advance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Multiple people I have worked with, including myself, have been lied to outright about their role and career progression (in 4 reviews)

  • consensus based decision making, weak management, sense of entitlement by employees (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Intern programme"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Leopardstown (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Leopardstown (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESBI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people,
    Not too busy,
    flexiable hours

    Cons

    Work flow can be slow at times


  2. Helpful (1)

    "ESB Engineer"

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

    I have been working at ESBI (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good career development opportunities. Good training and sponsorship opportunities for further education. Lots of potential locations and sub companies to work within ESB Group catering for many engineering disciplines.

    Cons

    Seen as bureaucratic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Make the development options obvious to staff as some staff perceive no development options despite the massive number of roles and variety of work available.

  3. "Typical semi-state"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The vast majority of the people in the company are an absolute pleasure to work with. Work-life balance can be good if you manage it well yourself. Benefits a ok, not what they used to be...the DB pension is gone and a lot of the other benefits offered by tech companies etc. but on the whole it's reasonable. Salary is middle of the road.

    Cons

    HR in the company is downright unethical. Multiple people I have worked with, including myself, have been lied to outright about their role and career progression. Suffers from a massive level of bureaucracy and slow decision making...managers actively avoid making decisions and taking responsibility, and seem generally to be rewarded for it. Fail to adequately reward and progress their best staff, and fail to manage the performance of those who do the bare minimum, which drags overall productivity way down.

    Advice to Management

    Back up the lip service around "innovation" with action and resources. Streamline operations and be proactive rather than reactive. Promote on ability rather than length of tenure


  4. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Hours are very good.
    -Good work-life balance.
    -Not very stressful work.
    -Work can be interesting.

    Cons

    -Things take ages to get completed; too much bureaucracy.
    -People get promoted due to longevity and not ability.
    -Very difficult to progress career within company.


  5. "Commercial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESBI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, company culture is very caring and emphasizes a good work-life balance. The company offers good benefits including opportunities for personal development such as continuing education.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career development due to limited availability of management positions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "ESB"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good people employed and very flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    I would consider salary as a negative


  7. "Not Stressed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESBI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not over worked, lack of stress, decent pay, good facilities and food services etc onsite

    Cons

    Lacking real drive and motivation to be busy, didn't appear to be any real incentive to perform

  8. "Very Positive"

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    • 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.


  9. "Lack of progress"

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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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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