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Updated 13 February, 2015
Updated 13 February, 2015
35 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    Policy and procedure at the expense of personal welfare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 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
  6.  

    It project manager

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

    I have been working at SSE

    Pros

    Culture , people good work life balance

    Cons

    No definited career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Very poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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