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4 English questions out of 4

14 April 2021

Does EirGrid have an on site gym?

Pros

great people, lovely offices, gym downstairs, good working hours

Cons

pace of work is too slow. training takes too long for licensing

Advice to Management

Speed up licensing process.

great people, lovely offices, gym downstairs, good working hours

14 April 2021

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26 November 2020

What is the work environment like at EirGrid?

Pros

Colleagues are nice and knowledgable, pleasant working environment

Cons

Low salary, poor career development, HR lack of flexibility and understanding

Colleagues are nice and knowledgable, pleasant working environment

26 November 2020

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26 August 2020

How do employees feel about working conditions at EirGrid?

Pros

The job itself: if you're in one of the teams that have interesting work, you should probably enjoy the actual work, and if you're looking for a short-term contract, they do offer those The company, etc.: The city where the HQ is is nice, the canteen has reasonable food sometimes

Cons

The working hours are inflexible, this means that you will be bored and with not much to do in some weeks, and completely overwhelmed in other weeks when you actually have a deadline, management doesn't seem to have willingness to consider a more flexible arrangement. Depending on your role, you could be doing tedious checklist sort of work, while the external consulting companies get the interesting real work, but not for all teams. Almost impossible to rise high in the ranks as it has been the same names rotating between managing different departments since the company was created in 2006 You must always watch your back for the pseudo-HR employees who report every word you say in return for getting raises, etc.

Advice to Management

Update the CEO: Mark Foley - not Fintan, on this page, since you're doing a lot of highly positive reviews here and reporting all negative, real reviews.

The company, etc.: The city where the HQ is is nice, the canteen has reasonable food sometimes

26 August 2020

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17 May 2022

What are working conditions like at EirGrid?

Pros

Nice offices. Good people at various levels. No problem taking annual leave (and no contact during them unless totally unavoidable) Free food (more later)

Cons

Where to start. 1. Managers: Some managers in EirGrid are outstanding. They are approachable, friendly, and really want to help the company succeed. Others (including my own) are just incapable of managing people. My manager in EirGrid was the most toxic woman I have ever worked under. By all accounts she had been moved around the organisation for years, poisoning everything she goes near. Morale destroying, blaming, volatile, I hated every minute of it. But the good news is one of EirGrid's values is "We don't avoid addressing poor performance", or "We don't avoid uncomfortable topics", so presumably this will see a huge shake up of these underperforming managers. 2. Hybrid working model. EirGrid loves to talk about hybrid and the value of the office. Here's a thought - people got used to not wasting time commuting, and are leaving in droves to companies who offer flexibility. People don't want free lunches, they want to choose where to work and when. People got used to not spending 2 hrs a day commuting or paying thousands in rent. The genie is out of the bottle and people are voting with their feet. 3. Hypocrisy of talk on climate change. CEO etc are always very quick to talk about the impact of climate change, yet seem to be tone deaf to the 50 car parking spaces in the basement, and the cost of fuel for those who drive, and the climate impact of this? If they do, I never saw it. 4. Culture. There is just a generally awful vibe in EirGrid. Some teams are better than others here. The vibe is generally untrusting, suspicious, uncollaborative, unfriendly, etc. People just do not feel like it is a "lets work together" attitude. 5. Values. There is not 1 "value" that EirGrid has which the company actually is. Some teams at local level live the values, but on a global level it is just not there. 6. Getting stuff done. Getting anything done in EirGrid is never easy. Getting software installed is like jumping over hot coals, often running in to a dead end. I heard they spent a fortune implementing Tableau and getting a license is impossible, and hardly anybody uses it. 7. Everything has to go up the food chain and some managers steal peoples ideas and take them as their own. 8. Contractors / consultants. Everything of value seems to be done by them, yet EirGrid hires generally good people but just doesn't utilise them to their full potential or help them to move forward in their careers. 9. Career progression. Glacial - all about time served, rather than ability. If I spent 10 years in EirGrid, I am not sure I would have moved up the ladder very far. 10. Indifference to small things. Only in a company as glacial as EirGrid would a username and password lie visible to everybody for months/years as on Buzz. You can't see who liked your posts, the page is awful and it is impossible to find anything other than pages and pages of crap.

Advice to Management

Advice to management? Keep that door oiled, it is not going to stop revolving. So many people are looking around, mainly due to management culture and hybrid model. Every USP that EirGrid may have had (DB pension, job security, etc. ) has no been lost and even those who have DB pensions, etc are still walking because there are better options out there for progression and better working environments. What do people want? Flexibility. What would help people stay? Accountability! People are sick of the same old managers doing the same old BS and the attitude being "next" until they find somebody willing to put up with their toxic attitude. You are competing in the most competitive market in years and people talk to people elsewhere and realise just how terrible EirGrid culture is. Now that I have seen the other side, I wonder what I was thinking. While people get that EirGrid are publicly funded, this adds to the need to be creative. Was there a wellness day this year? Could half day Fridays be considered in the summer, or even of a bank holiday weekend? When did any of the Exec last go up to the canteen and sit with people they don't know and get to know these people, and help people get to know them? EirGrid is so heirarchial, so lifeless, so stilted in its nature that people feel the Exec only care about 1 level below them, if even that. After being humiliated by the Sunday Business Post regarding people leaving, some staff retention thing was set up I was told. Too late for me, but this will have no effect because the elephant in the room (bad managers and EirGrid culture) will be ignored. If you raised an issue about bad management in EirGrid, you probably sign your career away in the process. My advice is more for the EirGrid board (because management in EirGrid only act once the board is involved). 1. Who are the managers responsible for people leaving? 2. Have staff ever been asked 1-2-1 what they think of their manager? Particularly those with huge turnovers on their team. 3. The Exec in EirGrid "talk a good game, but don't live the supposed values themselves. Why is this? If those at the top don't even espouse the values they created, what hope is their for the organisation? 4. Have leaver interviews been actioned? If a leaver raises an issue about a manager, what happens? Companies with better cultures, better vibes, better conditions, better opportunities are simply eating your lunch, free or not. Until EirGrid starts to really remove the managers who are really ruining the place (it is by no means every manager but everybody knows who they are) then nothing is going to change.

CEO etc are always very quick to talk about the impact of climate change, yet seem to be tone deaf to the 50 car parking spaces in the basement, and the cost of fuel for those who drive, and the climate impact of this?

17 May 2022

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