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National Grid (UK) Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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  • red tape and decisions made by committees (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor management, mates of mates get on, poor employees rewarded with VR and payoff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "National Grid buyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work for the money

    Cons

    Pain points in process make it hard to do a good job

    Advice to Management

    fire the directors


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. Never know when the work day is over. Saturday hours are expected and might be assigned on Friday. Planning activities for the weekend is impossible with my manager. He thinks that he owns me.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce the work/life balance policy. Remove managers who treat employees unfairly and who violate company HR policy.

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    "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - New York in Hicksville, NY
    Former Employee - New York in Hicksville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Generous vacation and holidays.

    Cons

    Management is very poor, good people are pushed out, while management hires good experienced folks but gives them no flexibility to implement improvements. Secondly, they can promise things at sign on, even hr and upper/executive mmgmt, but don't expect them to honor their words. Lots of backstabbing and misguiding.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire people with experience, please respect their experience. Give people some flexibility and right people due respect and appreciation. Secondly, don't lie and misguide employees. That might be right in England, not here in US.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "If you're smart, do not work there."

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst On Gas SCADA Systems in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst On Gas SCADA Systems in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Grid (UK) full-time

    Pros

    We were able to do whatever we wanted as long as we got ou since management and coworkers were all our work done since the old-timers and management couldn't care anyless because they were all highly compensated know-nothing's and do-nothings that were sitting on 30-40 year pensions from "the good old days".

    If you're smart, young and innovative and want your 3-5 years of experience, you should use them for it and then leave when you ultimately get hired by a better paying company.

    Cons

    No recognition or appreciation of talent. I designed and implemented the infrastructure for their wan network, gas scada system, giant a/v wall mapboard for their newly built gas control in Melville literally all by myself within a strict deadline along with other time sensitive projects within the same 12 month period namely conversion and consolidation of the user interface from their Upstate gas system to the Downstate system, amongst other IT systems administration tasks all while being grossly underpaid. They knew they were underpaying me for the level of knowledge and talent and production I had and I brought it up on many occasions. New staff walking in the door were making as much as I was after 7 years of working for the company. So after showing off all my work and taking credit for it in front of tours they were giving to the folks in upper management (director level and higher) after the project was completed, my manager at my performance review told me, "if I wasn't happy with my salary to go find another job". Very convenient after having me do all the hard work and you taking all the credit for it. :)

    Advice to Management

    Middle management are all cluelessly overpaid selfish fools who have no management skills or leadership skills. I hope the company suffers and thus they all suffer.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Admistration Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Admistration Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good job security, friendly people to work with, and a nice atmosphere with opportunities to grow and develop professionally

    Cons

    The company's constant restructuring makes it difficult for the company to really thrive, as once things settle down, everything is turned upside down causing lack of continuity and passion among employees

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to be more strategic and have a better path aligned for its employees. Expenses should also be tracked better as the company's money goes a great deal toward things that are unneeded.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Service Delivery Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super ethical company, contractors and employees are equally valued.

    Cons

    Company has become UK management centric to the point of ignoring US based input, requirements and needs.

    Advice to Management

    Like it or not, you are now a global company. Act like one, before you start to suffer greatly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Data Warehouse Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small teams that know each other well allow people to interact better in the organization

    Cons

    Hard to have a future as a developer in this industry. It is a good starting point.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize for the 21st Century. Make better use of big data and recognize the power of technology to drive the business

  8. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. One of the best paying companies in the area.

    Cons

    Upper management lacks vision. The promotion process is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Please get rid of the useless performance for growth process.


  9. "Technical Support Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Consultant in Somerset, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Consultant in Somerset, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, professional development, benefits and security

    Cons

    Slow to catch up with technology

    Advice to Management

    Value employees


  10. "Civil Structural Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Civil Structural Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Civil Structural Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My group was filled with fantastic engineers and designers. Definitely a great community of people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor leadership due to some scandals chronicled in the news and poor management of storms.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing and retaining your talent. Don't be afraid to move the company into the 21st century with new technology and data analytics.


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