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High Speed Two Reviews

Updated 17 August 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Groundbreaking programme that will revolutionise travel experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Railway Operations in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Director of Railway Operations in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting with ability to set new standards in what a railway delivers for its customers. Teams are made up of highly capable and motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    As a public sector entity be prepared for the myriad of governance stages and at times very bureaucratic engagement needed both within the company and with the Department for Transport

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the work to build confidence not only in our delivery capability but that we can be trusted to push out the boundaries of what a railway can do for both its customers, and the nation as a whole


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My experience of working at HS2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to shape and inform thinking.
    Growing organisation with a clear vision to deliver.

    Cons

    Changing workforce means it can be difficult to know how to get things done and where internal accountability resides.
    Policies and processes developing / embedding.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of great people joining, need to harness the right expertise and build great HS2 teams. It's the people working together that will excel in delivery.


  3. "All change!"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-moving environment, nice new offices in Birmingham. Usually scope to be involved in things outside of your immediate role.

    Cons

    Although a fast-moving the the direction of change can be erratic and ill-thought out. There is a lot of overlap as things have grown so quickly that duplication happens and areas of responsibility aren't always clearly defined so if you need a clear remit and line management it may not be for you. Needs better social structures and support for wellbeing.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal career development opportunities


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  5. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From a grounds up perspective people there are hard working - and nice to be with - good place to work - if you can get on with things

    Cons

    The organisation is in total chaos - targets are continually changing- with a work environment which is very frustrated- Some of the senior management are nothing more than bullies with old school attitudes and approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and do something about your managers attitudes


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Appalling HR"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people to work with, an interesting project (not just about a railway).

    Cons

    Poor HR, breaking their own rules time and time again, lack of transparency in their processes.

    Advice to Management

    Sack the entirety of HR and hire in a professional body to manage staff and change.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Shambolic and Amateur"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Finance in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HS2 is the best pay in Public Sector. There’s a 20% flex fund top up which makes pay unbeatable for Birmingham – and very generous VR (Voluntary Redundancy) if things don’t work out – all funded by Taxpayers.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Finance and HR departments

    Appalling internal controls and bureaucracies that add no value

    Shambolic production of Annual Reports and Accounts which were qualified by the Auditors

    Equality Diversity and Inclusion isn’t working

    Absence of people with disabilities

    Draw your own conclusions about the over representation of one particular ethnic group in HR

    Snowflake generation or leftie loonies with no regard for the taxpayer.

    Way too sensitive (likely to complain of comments here) and intolerant of those who speak out.

    Advice to Management

    Tolerate and Accommodate those who speak out about your failings.

    Needs Professional talent - the current set up is very Amateur indeed.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potentially safe employment for a few years, range of experienced people, good offices, largest new infrastructure project at the present time.

    Cons

    Senior management not making decisions, processes too long to set up then change with no adequate warning, too many egos, lots of disjointed working and not enough working together.

    Advice to Management

    Try working together instead of constantly putting barriers up.


  9. "A fast paced, exciting place to work with opportunity to influence the business"

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    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are preparing to deliver an unparalleled scope of construction works
    Construction teams are led by enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable people
    High level of expertise within both construction and supporting teams
    Multidisciplinary working environment where stakeholder engagement, environmental matters, utility teams, rail and structural Engineering are all key in the civil Engineering phase.

    Cons

    Not everyone can cope with systems and processes that are still emerging or with such a fast pace and changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Speedily embed leadership, project manager training courses, the forthcoming behavioural competency, fair culture and other cultural setting initiatives.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Undervalued and poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Current Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    Lots of lower level staff - both technical and non-technical - wanting to make really positive contribution to a world class infrastructure project.

    Cons

    However, lower level staff are frustrated by the lack of strong direction and management from more senior staff. HR and management support at time of company transformation is non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Make HR function fit for purpose - at the moment, it is completely dysfunctional. Make it a requirement on senior managers to give regular feedback and direction to lower level staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "HS2 Commercial Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to shape the job

    Cons

    Lack of structure and confusing governance can make things difficult


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