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"Construction"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

Pros

Good place to work, open to everyone's Ideas.
overseeing the development of the project from an early stage
The opportunity to work on Europe's largest infrastructure project.
Building the first Railway to be built in the UK in over 100 years.

Cons

Can be a bit de-fragmented at times,
Sometimes it can be frustrating to get things through internal governance.
Company is growing so the need to develop and challenge is on-going
In the process of becoming a 'lean' client

Advice to Management

Needs to turn into a delivery client very soon. departments seem to be de-fragmented and communication between departments is slow and inconsistent.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Be Prepared To Hit The Ground Running"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to join an organisation where your skills are in constant demand, that is being driven forward and where you can actually make a difference in one of the biggest infrastructure projects in a century, then HS2 Ltd may be a good fit.

    It also has the added advantage of being fairly new so you have the possibility of shaping the company itself as the project develops and doesn't carry around a lot of deadweight like older, established organisations do.

    Supportive of working from home, where appropriate.

    Physical and mental health awareness is promoted across the organisation..

    Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be pressured. The project works to a timeline and the pressure is on to meet those deadlines. You may not be working til midnight every night but don't be surprised if you find yourself working extra hours.

    Advice to Management

    In the rush to get things done, don't forget the fundamentals when it comes to managing change. Communication is key, people can handle change a lot better if it's not a surprise.


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    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice laptops and lovely offices. Some really nice people there but they are swimming against the current and are unlikely to stay for any length of time.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work.

    Nothing is written down or confirmed and when it goes wrong guess what no audit trail.
    Management... those that haven't walked out spend their time talking about all the work they have to do... but never actually doing any of it. When a deadline is missed the stock answer is 'I told xxxxxxxxxx to do it'. Was that confirmed on email? No I just told them to do it.

    The management fight among themselves claiming responsibility when stuff goes right (which it never does) and stabbing each other in the back when it more often goes wrong. Again with no audit trail arguments get bitter and nasty hence why so many people leave.

    Prediction: The HS2 final budget will quadruple from the original and the small staff and contractors will get the blame.... and with no audit trail no one will be held accountable.

    Construction seems to work better as they have a job to do... the rest just seem to be wandering about in a daze having meetings which amount to nothing with no responsibility given or taken.

    Staff turnover is horrendous.

    Advice to Management

    Make minutes MANDATORY for every meeting and create some accountability. Hold your managers accountable for their staff turnover. Surely staff choosing to leave with no where to go must tell you something is seriously wrong. Implement exit interviews and ask people why they are leaving.

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