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Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, flexible working (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits and access to services (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "SSE intern over a period of 6 months"

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    Current Employee - Generation Intern
    Current Employee - Generation Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get a working experience in the generation business and to appreciate the challenges of energy generation.

    Cons

    No processes, not strong e-learning platforms, big generation plants are not coordinated, therefore the engineering practices can vary a lot. Engineering level is very low, even though I don´t know whether this is just from the facility itself or the sector (there are no processes at all for introducing new technologies, for assessing efficiency of the plant, etc.). In general, the plant at which I worked had a very poor engineering level and required very long outages every year to be functional in winter. Frustration and fire fighting were common and engineering bodies and chartership were not considered.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the engineering culture. Bring people from other sectors with a stronger engineering culture (automotive, aerospace, manufacturing) to implement best practices. Set up central functions to create strategies across the business, promote charter-ship for engineers!!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SSE full-time

    Pros

    Steady work, at the time

    Cons

    Incredibly hostile and controlling management

    Advice to Management

    Take more of an interest in your own employees; don't sign over management to the prime contractor

  3. "SSE inc"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paycheck is delivered. 20 word minimum required me to fill this in with more pros, there really are none other than a paycheck.

    Cons

    The atrocious management. A ceo that doesn't care. Salesman that screw clients over. Expect more than 40 hours a week without even a thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Pros: a paycheck
    Cons: terrible management, don't expect more pay than what you start with. FOEs
    once upon a time this used to be an amazing place to work. After multiple mass turnover periods the company is a shell of what it once was. The good managers are long gone to bigger and better places, the ceo is oblivious to the day to day operations and the feel for the employees. The average seniority of the employees is probably 6 months. The manger of the network side would rather talk about his previous jobs and his horrible personal life rather than any attempt at leading the team.
    One good thing, due to the turn over, they are always hiring, so if you need a place to start in IT, this place will at least get you some experience.


  4. "SSE FOR THREE YEARS."

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    Former Employee - Linesman in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Linesman in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good money especially £44.50 digs more if on an island

    Cons

    "Celtic ,Rangers" mentality shamefully prevails in 2014 :(

    Advice to Management

    Saftey should mean keeping your men safe not complying in order to cover yourselves.


  5. "The corrupt higher management of Direct sales"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager Direct Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Branch Manager Direct Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An excellent company with very good staff and peer culture.

    Cons

    The pursuit of sales target at the expense of staff and customers. That was warned two years previous to the Ofgem fine.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you workforce at grass roots.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Appalling behaviour by facilities managers"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary,pension,shares. Secure employment if your face fits

    Cons

    bullying, management disrespect for staff. Staff being earmarked for dismissal

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of facilities management before a Pandora's box is opened. HR in Dublin collude with facilities management and ignore bullying, harrassement,and abusive behaviour by management in facilities.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "proud to be better ! bullying in the workplace,nepotism, and the chaos caused by middle management."

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    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    regular pay ,sharesave scheme. teamwork.

    Cons

    getting your work completed within the given time frame given due to lack of staff, as you are expected to do their share of the work as well as your own. It"s no wonder staff are leaving as they are so overworked. DONT expect your manager to come out of his nice warm office!!.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to talk to their field staff personally,rather than listening to what they are told by middle management. As stated I have witnessed bullying by team managers to some members of staff resulting in staff leaving.NEPOTISM is rife within this company ,family members of the management seem to get preferential treatment, {sitting in the office doing nothing on a cold day} So dont expect to further your career on hard work and merit.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Policy and procedure at the expense of personal welfare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time

    Pros

    SSE is a big company with lots of different departments and teams. Communication between these teams could be a little better at times, but there is some flexibility for you to move around between departments over the course of your career.

    Benefits are quite good; remuneration is adequate due to "Living Wage Employer" status -- though some teams have members doing the same job on different steps of the pay scale, which is not at all fair.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments, and a disproportionate emphasis on policy and procedure over employee welfare and actual job performance. Management is poor; little consideration is given to personal circumstances. If you don't "fit in", you're cast out.

    Sickness policy is restrictive, punishing employees for being sick on more than three occasions in a year -- sometimes even less than that. Illness can't be helped and certainly isn't predictable.

    By far the worst thing is the office sites' obsession with health and safety, though. This is a company where you will get reprimanded (and reported by your colleagues) for not holding a handrail while walking up a set of stairs, where you are encouraged to "accept challenges" rather than questioning them and where long-standing employees simply don't question this nanny-state culture. Meetings regularly overrun thanks to the corporate insistence that they begin with a "Safety Moment", and email inboxes overflow with Safety and Security bulletins that are inevitably marked as "High Importance" while being nothing of the sort.

    The emphasis on safety is understandable for those parts of the business that deal with genuinely dangerous things like gas and electricity distribution and generation. But this is not a "one size fits all" situation; the "safety culture" simply gets in the way in the office environment, and makes for an extremely inefficient and frustrating place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider relaxing the universality of some of the company policies. A culture where employees are actively encouraged to report one another's supposed infractions is not good for trust and morale. By all means, check, check and check again that those working in the genuinely dangerous places are keeping safe and secure. But an office is not an unsafe environment; treat your employees more like adults and they, in turn, will be more supportive to the company vision as a whole.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place I ever worked for. No support and target driven."

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    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good money and career advancement if you dont mind evading and avoiding helping customers and have no ethics at all

    Cons

    Awful training. Learn all about transporting energy. Not about the computer system used. No support once 'trained'.All about targets. They dont care about customers and make bills too hard to understand so to avoid refunding overpayments. Big corporate company. Too big to care.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more support


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Project Team Manager in Perth, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Team Manager in Perth, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SSE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and employee benefits, interesting work and no two days same good variety of work streams Some good work colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor management and no training given though training for parts of job unfamiliar with promised when job offer made by management.
    Once management decide they want you out continually critise all aspects of work verging on intimidation at points ,weak HR

    Advice to Management

    Deliver training as required and offered.


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