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Southern Water Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A changing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durrington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durrington, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good on site subsidised COSTA cafe
    Good pension and 9% company contribution
    Great people to work with
    Good managers and leaders
    Good mileage rates if you need / want to travel in your car
    Good opportunities to progress if you have the desire / competence

    Cons

    A lot of change ongoing as the company tries to move up the water utilities rankings. This has led to some redundancies recently. But there are also new areas to move into if you take a few minutes to look or be open to retraining
    Reliant on contractors for a lot of the field business and larger projects

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees and through the 'Have your say' survey
    Things are changing for the better as people either accept and embrace the change or leave (by their own choice or other means)
    Future looking good overall


  2. "Avoid this company at all costs"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Water full-time

    Pros

    Lots of areas to improve allowing you to stamp your mark and help correct the awful management. Initial HR experience / contract generation positive.

    Cons

    Employee engagement shambolic. Trust me there is no smoke without fire and someone should have called the Fire brigade years ago. There is a reason performance is as it is and the Board should address the culture through replacing the Directors and Heads of

    Advice to Management

    Consider the real cost of your decisions


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Company - Avoid!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Falmer, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Falmer, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They Pay - That is the only pro.

    Cons

    Terrible, pay, working conditions management - you get lied to and bullied.


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  5. "Southern water sent me mad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falmer, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falmer, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid plenty of work, not many staff know there jobs easy to excel as people change there roles regularly.

    Cons

    Management is crap, managers can't manage staff they bully staff into working and it actually stops them from doing a good job

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing management like a game


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great Staff, Provincial Attitude"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Durrington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Durrington, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I've ever worked with

    Cons

    "Face fits" culture, immense pressure to be seen to work whilst managers cover themselves and don't care a jot about their staff. Colleagues have to look out for themselves as managers do not care unless their staff are 'popular'. Bullying and intimidating attitudes towards sick time and illness- a real 'presenteeism' culture.

    Advice to Management

    SMT, Stop lying to EMT to protect your own agendas, and actually pass up the complaints and concerns of the workforce.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Southern Water"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Water full-time

    Pros

    Caring direct line management that can direct you on a career path within the company. People employed are supportive and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Bonus of the CEO and board regardless of company performance against regulatory standards. Work ethic of contractors. Very poor reaction of third party IT contractors to issues with systems.

    Advice to Management

    Critical to have an IT department that is on the ball when dealing with issues that effects systems used.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Some of the best managers I have ever worked with

    Cons

    Unclear direction from senior management & slow processes

    Advice to Management

    Fix IT


  9. Helpful (4)

    "SW"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Water full-time

    Pros

    You get paid at the end of each month

    Cons

    Southern water crushes any morale and you can only ever progress if you have a pretty face

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be trained so that the agents do not know more than them


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great people - poorly led"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - The Chief Engineer in Worthing, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - The Chief Engineer in Worthing, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Water (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good well intentioned people throughout

    Cons

    Confusing structure and too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Get the basics right


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Some conceited management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durrington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durrington, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Water full-time

    Pros

    Mostly willing, eager, 'can do' work colleagues

    Cons

    Too many dysfunctional egotistic senior managers prepared to intimidate and penalise rather than motivate and support

    Advice to Management

    Scrap a devisive annual review system which serves to alienate not encourage



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