High Speed Two Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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2.7
50%
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High Speed Two CEO Mark Thurston
Mark Thurston
48 Ratings
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  • "Governance, process, lack of decision,(in 8 reviews)

  • "Direct HS2 staff are sometimes neglected,especially if your line manager if from EDP(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Clear direction good benefits great work environment

    Cons

    Nothing negative so far that I have come across

  2. "Exciting and challenging place to work. Need to be comfortable with uncertainty and change."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    Exciting project. Good company values. Talented employees. Good CEO

    Cons

    Disorganised. Work life balance can be a challenge.


  3. "Good place to get experience in infrastructure"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Public company with on average slightly higher salaries than public sector.

    Cons

    Barely any training, very hard to be promoted or move inside your band.

  4. "The worst place I’ve ever worked"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues who hated it just as much as me

    Cons

    Senior management, poor decisions based on no information, no support or backup from leaders. Files mislaid, grievance mis managed.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Appalling senior management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very little to say that's good about HS2

    Cons

    Bullying and aggresive attitude of senior management Blame culture If you're not in the clique you get ignored or have blame dumped on you Lack of expertise in key positions No visible plan or schedule Many of the executive salaries are in the highest paid by the Government (eg the CEO is on £650,000 plus bonus) but pay at normal levels is below average

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Head of Environment in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The opportunities within the organisation.

    Cons

    Bullying mentality although understand there has been a cull

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Bullying managers, detached & elitist leadership"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice workplace in Birmingham with good transportation links.

    Cons

    Bullying, HR is ineffective, fail to investigate & take action, cover up. Sexist culture in office and on site.

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  8. "Fair but unimaginative"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Hybrid Bill Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Speed Two full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, in theory interesting, great colleagues

    Cons

    No advancement possible and no L&D

  9. "Pay, clean office, good people, amazing pension"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time

    Pros

    Pay, clean office, good people, amazing pension

    Cons

    Governance, process, lack of decision,

  10. "An interesting project to be a part of"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at High Speed Two full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, training opportunities and promotions

    Cons

    Staff turnover high and inconsistent processes

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