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Updated 18 January, 2015
Updated 18 January, 2015
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SSE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, staff discounts, share save opportunities,

    Cons

    In my department the management structure could have been better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more regular open door one-on-one interaction with management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great culture

    Cons

    Nothing to mention on this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Retail Transformation Programme don't know how to deliver projects!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    An canteen on-site, permanent staff in general don't work long hours, management try to create an environment of caring for staff.

    Cons

    Projects fails in big numbers, are painful to deliver due to the approach taken and management, software and power plants seems to follower the same delivery approach, a very old fashion waterfall model. Good sound principles shown on posters aren't reflected in practice, like project principles. No attempt to improve project delivery approach, just about getting on with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake-up the world is changing and there are better ways of delivering projects. Start to listen to people, not talking to them, you may learn what things don't work. Stop feeding next level up just what they want to hear. Why hire people with brains if you don't want to listen to them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer in London, England (UK)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very poor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, very green company profile

    Cons

    Very unorganized, bad management, bad structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Metering operative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer
    Current Employee - Meter Fixer

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 2 shares schemes, discounted energy, plus many more staff only benefits

    Cons

    Performance related pay, no overtime pay just toil

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Needs Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Cardiff, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    Leading the industry in safety and only energy company in the UK to not off shore it's staff or services.
    You'll certainly make friends.

    Cons

    The company vision of "family" does not translate into the experience for staff. They wish to lead the industry in all areas for employees, however lack innovation or even common sense in a lot of areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time with your front line/sub-ordinates as what you think they do day-to-day is very different from what they actually do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at SSE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can earn a good salary if you get lucky. The people are good to work with, often very helpful. The offices are usually very good with modern facilities.

    Cons

    Getting things done is difficult; there's a lot of red tape. Very bureaucratic company. Hugely disorganised in parts. Won't spend time/money/effort to do a job well and sustainably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee the right people to do the right job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good work life balance, can be better by good governence.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Havant, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Havant, England (UK)

    I worked at SSE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Yearly salary increments and flexible approach to taking leaves. Safety culture is good, company prouds itself on being good at customer service which is good.

    Cons

    Very less social gathering and outings. Real hard to break out of norm and try to do things differently. Days weeks and years pass by doing same repetative stuff if you are not carefull and you may age on the same chair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide groth opportiunities to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A continuing adventure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Havant, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's a family away from home, everyone is close knit and go through the good and bad times together. Always supporting each other and being their brother's keeper. Amazing benefits, a joy to work for.

    Cons

    Definitely need management training especially within the call centre where I started out, seems like nothing has changed. Very young managers each with their own rules which means the rules are not consistent throughout the company. This needs to change and I believe more training will benefit the long term goal and vision of the company that SSE strive for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits are great, training needs to improve a short term cost but a long term benefit. This should be invested in. There needs to be consistency within the company. I have worked here for 5 years and the same problems arise regarding management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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