Valentine’s Day is upon us again and, this year, I’m playing cupid at National Grid.
Over the past week, I’ve been the lucky recipient of many emails and messages telling me how much you all love certain things about our company.
So, without further ado, here are some of the things we love about working at National Grid. And if you want to share the love today, log onto Yammer and tell us about the printer of your dreams or the crush you have on the stationary cupboard with the hashtag #LoveNG.
We love the people
A lot of us love our colleagues at National Grid. Dorothy Gosline says: “When I was hired three years ago, HR told me that the people who work at National Grid are terrific. At the time, I thought to myself, hmmmm, true statement or onboarding hype? Turns out, it was a true statement. I work with talented, collaborative, dedicated people on interesting projects.”
Suzanne Jones thinks her colleagues are the best. “I love my colleagues! In any job, I always hope for a good group of people to work with; people I get along with and truly like. Then, I think the work takes care of itself. This is not always easy to find, but I’m now here at National Grid in Corporate Affairs and … jackpot!”
The support is felt in all sectors, from corporate affairs to engineering. Dowlatram Somrah, Lead Engineer, recently started working at National Grid, but from the get go he felt hugely supported. “During the call to be interviewed, when my manager spoke to me I was surprised by his welcoming and approachable manner. My first impression was correct! My boss is a gem and very caring and supportive. It’s hard to find such qualities these days.”
Mengran Yu agrees. “First thing that comes to the top would be the people (across the Group) – they are friendly, knowledgeable, modest, collaborative and a pleasure to work with … especially for new starters like me. I’ve gained lots of help and knowledge from many individuals who are really patient and willing to give a hand and explain things to me. This is something that’s deeply embedded in National Grid’s culture, which I have much appreciated since I started.”
Commitment to the environment and the world
One of the best things about National Grid that people are in love with is the commitment to the environment. Jenny Singleton says: “What I love most so far is everyone’s commitment to the environment. No single use plastics at all and everyone encourages each other to live sustainably. It’s such a good mindset to have and very rarely found in working environments!”
And sometimes we just love working at National Grid so much we can’t help but tell everyone about it. Megan Bushneck says: “I love National Grid’s commitment to not only the communities it serves but all communities (i.e. Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria). Our company and employees consistently step up when needed. Our charitable giving is another thing I love about National Grid. I’m consistently telling people how much I love working for this company, including this morning to a couple of people at the gym!”
It’s rare we burst into praise over a gym, but at National Grid, it’s different. Dorothy Gosline says: “I also love the Reservoir Woods Fitness Center and our new trainer Nick!”
Barbara is full of praise for the gym at Warwick. “I love it. It’s a wonderful facility. How wonderful to have a free gym at your place of work – how amazing! And the equipment is so good and varied.”
In Solihull, UK, Anna Pass has nothing but love for having John Lewis on the doorstep. While Liat Hughes in the Strand enjoys having a Waterstones right next door, so she can build out her book collection.
The Strand’s great, central location came up numerous times. “I love how central it is – it’s surrounded by great things to see and do,” says Rebecca Martin. Eleanor Ross, your author, also highly rates the Strand’s location. “I pop into the National Gallery on my lunch break. It’s such a luxury to be able to do that.”
Paula Hubbard, who works in Warwick, says: “My on-foot commute has me walking through the beautiful St Nicholas Park, so that’s glorious and I love it, whatever the weather.”
Flexibility and work life balance
It feels good when your manager trusts you to just crack on with the job. Sue Stanton has worked for ESO for twenty years and “still loves National Grid.”
“Today I’m especially feeling the love for the flexibility and work life balance side of things. My daughter is unwell and off school. However, thanks to the measures we have in place to support all employees, I’ve been able to work from home, dial into meetings etc., but most importantly be a mum and look after her.”
Peter Hoffman agrees that “National Grid is the best.” He adds: “I have many opportunities to develop new systems and really contribute, and the company has been very supportive of development and ongoing education.”
The promotion of community involvement and the focus on ethics, safety, and inclusion make this a wonderful place to work. Thank you, National Grid!