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National Grid USA Waltham Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Waltham, MA

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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, salary & benefits (in 23 reviews)

  • Pros: Good benefits, opportunity to move around within company (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management needs to be more on point and in tune (in 15 reviews)

  • Senior management needed to be more repsonsive (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are very good. Also there's a yearly bonus that always ends well.

    Cons

    It's a large company and the technology is about 10
    Years behind industry standard.


  2. "Awesome Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No micro management( At least in my department), Cultural Diversity( Many different races/ ethnicity), Laid back when it is slow, Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    As of now i have no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, give the young generation aka the leaders of tomorrow a chance to improve the company and be open to new ideas/ ways of thinking. You truly grow with the more people who want to be involved in the company and that are passionate about what they do.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Old Fashioned - stagnant careers"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Low paying, stagnant, finance department is the worst of the worst. Stay away if you want a pleasant place to work

    Cons

    Many opening - but due to high turn over rates


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate analyst"

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Grid USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    There are none at this time


  5. "Contractor, Residential Gas Division"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor, Residential Gas Division in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Contractor, Residential Gas Division in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Grid USA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are open to ideas, Great Cafeteria, benefits, give back volunteer work expected

    Cons

    Too many managers, some with little experience

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth within the business.

    Cons

    Daily commute to Waltham is unpleasant.


  7. "Growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Solution Architect in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Solution Architect in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture
    Good work, personal time balance

    Cons

    Project management driven
    low weight age to specialization

  8. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance
    Decent salary
    Decent benefits
    Employee stock purchase plan
    Health/medical plans offered

    Cons

    Sometimes storm duty is required for restoration efforts
    50 hour weeks
    Sometimes have to choose between doing quality work and meeting timelines

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there will be incredible turnover by good engineers in departments where it's sometimes required that they choose between doing quality work and timelines. Good engineers don't want to rush work that is not meant to be rushed and will continue to leave for other departments until the absurd timelines are sorted out


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Old Boys Network- PM"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the small $ they pay. There's not much to say. I can not think of 20 words. class action lawsuit will save the minorities there

    Cons

    Discrimination, harassment, bullying and racism are rampant. No tolerance of other culture. Company is simply collecting $ from the public

    Work is not challenging at all. No brain needed. Once you work there, no other employer will ever want you; been trying to get out for 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Not necessary


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Grid USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast changing industry, aging work force, a lot of work to be done/therefore possible learning opportunities

    Cons

    Below market compensation, no promotion from within, very high turn over rate in Finance, some managers/directors don't know how to lead, not encouraging diverse/out of box thinking, Finance Transformation = Pay Cut, Finance directors don't trust others, each others, and can't delegate

    Advice to Management

    Fire the managers/directors who don't know how to run their ships, ask employees for help, provide better promotion opportunities, increase pay to existing employees instead of giving $3-4K recruiting bonus to hire new people from outside.


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