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RWE npower Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee appeared to have a good work life balance with the option to work at home (in 6 reviews)

  • Proper agile working - so you can work wherever suits best (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Significant churn of Board and Senior Management over the last few years (in 7 reviews)

  • Investment in employees training, cost cutting (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Face fits culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Office gym
    Good CR
    Good canteen at head office

    Cons

    Poor management, bullying culture
    face fits culture, agree to everything, suck up to your manager and you'll go far
    Poor opportunities
    poor performance management
    Reliance of contractors and management consultancies to do the job of poor staff and management

    Advice to Management

    Sort your bullying badly trained managers out
    Get staff who can do the job and stop paying over the top to get consultancies in to do their job - particularly in HR....


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awful, awful business. AVOID"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Leaving? Nothing to speak of.

    Cons

    Bad environment, incapable staff, clueless management, horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  3. "Staring to get things right"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agile working - although lacking guidance for some, subsidised canteen, on site parking, collaborative teams and strong leadership at senior level

    Cons

    Poor IT systems, lack of data, high costs, low investment in learning & development, frequent changes in structures, inconsistency in objectives from mid level management, reliance on contractors to bridge gaps in knowledge and skills, lack of performance management, lack of transparency in absence management

    Advice to Management

    Round pegs on square holes-

    CFO to CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave?”
    CEO to CFO: “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "An incredibly poor culture. Blame is the performance management weapon of choice. Operationally naive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Renewals Manager in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Renewals Manager in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Hours of work are M-F 9-5. No weekends. The location and relaxed office is nice. On site canteen and car park

    Cons

    Lack of trust and autonomy. There is a fear of failure culture where you dare not give your true view to the SMT or SLT

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your work force. Fix your culture. The declining e-sat results should be a wake up call.


  6. "A fast changing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, an interesting environment with staff benefits including annul bonuses for most grades, a subsidised staff canteen and opportunities to apply for one-off experiences such as company bike rides in aid of the corporate charity Macmillan

    Cons

    Constant restructures (annually or sometimes even more frequent) and power struggles at senior level makes this a somewhat challenging environment where one managers' plan supersedes the previous managers idea on how things should be done.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend that a period of stabilisation be attempted, to slow down the pace of change to something that is more manageable, concentrate on doing what they already do, well.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid enough when you have a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RWE npower full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good treatment of employees - discounted canteen at most sites, other perks offered
    Proper agile working - so you can work wherever suits best
    If you are in the 'in crowd' you can get good progression, development etc
    Large organisation, so plenty of space to move around
    Hopefully the only way is up now

    Cons

    Senior leadership changes very frequently (Paul Massara is no longer CEO as recorded on here)
    IT systems have been and remain a problem, despite upgrades
    Locations are not that appealing, long travel considered normal/acceptable
    Has been and likely to remain bottom of the customer satisfaction tables for some time
    Lots of redundancies last few years and more to come - staff morale pretty low

    Advice to Management

    Find something to be positive about that is meaningful to employees. If all that really matters is financial results don't try to distract with other 'successes' and then have to make more cuts.


  8. "Great company, great people in a challenging environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RWE npower full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities
    Great culture
    Sees the value in people and their development
    Looking to do better in a very difficult environment

    Cons

    Systems and IT often prohibit people from doing a good job
    Significant churn of Board and Senior Management over the last few years

    Advice to Management

    Use your existing staff better rather than outsiders


  9. "Commercial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, very helpful manager and colleagues.
    Flexible working, and encouraged to do more and accomplish goals.
    Good level of challenges and many different types of projects/work to get involved in.

    Cons

    Weak IT systems meaning productivity is a lot lower than it could be if only better IT systems were put in place (computers need an upgrade).

    Head office located in Swindon - not a very exciting city, this is a problem with the city rather than the company itself.


  10. "IT developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Frendly Team Environment in Each Team

    Cons

    Temp Work to become a Perm Work is not Easy


  11. "Graduate Scheme"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Move around the business alot

    Cons

    Slow career advancement for ambitious individuals

    Advice to Management

    Mentor better rather than token involvement



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