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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Network Rail.

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40 English questions out of 40

18 January 2021

What is health insurance like at Network Rail?

Pros

Great salary, sometimes busy work, lots of opportunities for outgoing individuals. You will excel and go far if you're confident and force yourself forward.

Cons

Lack of support for graduates mean that often individuals new to the company and working life are told "figure it out for yourself" and thrown to the wolves. Most employees are grumpy and disinterested, viewing you as worthless if you've been in the company less than 5 years. Surprisingly poor attitudes from 90% of people there considering they're on ridiculous amounts of money for 35 hour weeks, private health insurance and loads of other benefits. Probably the worst thing though is how they preach about diversity and inclusion and being forward thinking and then you go to the frontline staff and there's sexism, racism, homophobic remarks and it's all laughed off as banter or given the excuse "this is what it's always been like" which I've heard more times than I can count.

Advice to Management

Send your diversity and inclusion champions into signal boxes and out with frontline staff and see what it's a really like. Enforce policies on discrimination properly instead of just having Executives sing about wellbeing and inclusivity without actually doing it. Encourage and nurture young staff - your workforce will be obsolete in 10 years when everything is automated and everyone retires so you need to attract new talent now or you will collapse in the future.

Surprisingly poor attitudes from 90% of people there considering they're on ridiculous amounts of money for 35 hour weeks, private health insurance and loads of other benefits.

18 January 2021

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31 July 2020

Does Network Rail pay for professional licenses?

Pros

Once you're in, you're in Final salary pension opportunity after 5 years' service Can specialise in one area, or move around as you wish, you are free to decide the direction of your own career Better salary than a lot of industries, especially starting salaries for young people Opportunity for training and education paid for by the company e.g. APM courses, engineering degrees etc 28 days holiday (excluding additional bank holidays), and can buy 2 extra days

Cons

Getting a pay increase when you do a sideways move can be tricky if you're towards the top of the sub band in the transparent pay scales. You could always get a promotion, but if you want to stay in the same band you almost have to leave and come back again if you want a major pay rise. A bit more restrictive with money since it became a public owned company e.g. no christmas parties

Opportunity for training and education paid for by the company e.g.

31 July 2020

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5 March 2021

Does Network Rail have a sabbatical or career break policy?

Pros

Great investment in me - you get what you put in

Cons

Re organisation every few years

Re organisation every few years

5 March 2021

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3 February 2021

Does Network Rail have a pension plan?

Pros

Good work life balance and good pension.

Cons

Has become a terrible place to work this past year. Management pretend they care about the employees but underneath their is an attitude of 'you should be grateful for the job and if you don't, someone else will'. Teams are getting smaller and workload is increasing. The utter fiasco with the payrise and terrible communication has broken the trust between management and employee completely. It will take along time for employees to feel valued again.

Advice to Management

Work on building the trust back and make staff feel appreciated.

Good work life balance and good pension.

3 February 2021

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16 February 2021

Does Network Rail offer parental leave?

Pros

75% travel maternity leave London waiting

Cons

big so your just a number really

maternity leave

16 February 2021

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